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Hobby Lobby Wins Reprieve From 10th Circuit in HHS Mandate Case (6195)

District court subsequently approves preliminary injunction.

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DENVER — Do laws protecting religious freedom apply to businesses?

Faced with an explosion of lawsuits filed by companies that refused to comply with the federal contraception mandate on moral grounds, the Obama administration asserted in legal briefs that “secular” for-profit employers had no right to an exemption.

This week, the administration’s argument suffered a stinging rebuttal when the Denver-based 10th Circuit issued a June 27 ruling on Hobby Lobby’s closely watched appeal. The 5-3 ruling said the craft-store chain was likely to succeed in its quest for relief from the federal mandate, and it ordered a lower court to revisit its decision to deny a preliminary injunction.


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EWTN Responds to Final Rule of HHS Mandate (3723)

Statement released June 28.

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The following is EWTN’s statement on the final rule for the HHS mandate, released June 28. The Register is a service of EWTN.


IRONDALE, Ala. — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule for the contraception mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). EWTN and its attorneys are still assessing this final rule, but our initial analysis has been disappointing.

“The final rule issued today is inadequate because it appears to have changed nothing,” said EWTN's president and CEO Michael Warsaw.

Specifically, it imposes the same narrow definition of a church, does not expand the exemption beyond churches, and still provides a...READ MORE

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New Vatican Secretary of State May Be Appointed Soon (4505)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Vatican sources discuss a possible candidate for the new Vatican secretary of state.

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St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY — Rumors have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican’s secretary of state.

The move could take place as soon as June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

As the secretary of state must technically be a cardinal, he would first be appointed pro-secretary of state, retaining his status as archbishop. He would, however, be the acting secretary of state until a new appointment is made or until receiving the red biretta of the cardinal, thus taking officially the post.

A skilled diplomat, Archbishop Parolin, 58, served as Vatican undersecretary for relations with states from 2002 to 2009.


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HHS Mandate for Religious Employers Finalized With Few Changes (2333)

The final regulations are largely similar to those proposed in February.

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on June 28 that it has finalized its regulations on the federal contraception mandate as it applies to religious employers.

A statement by the Department of Health and Human Services said that the final rule regarding the mandate’s application to many religious groups “is similar to, but simpler than” a previous proposal in February.

Issued under the Affordable Care Act, the mandate requires employers to offer health-insurance plans covering contraception, including some drugs that can cause early abortion, as well as sterilizations.

In the months that followed its release, the mandate became the subject of lawsuits by more than 200...READ MORE

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Vatican ‘Ready to Cooperate’ in Investigation of Accountant (2677)

Vatican accountant was arrested June 28 for allegedly trying to move 20 million euros from Switzerland illegally into Italy.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander.

“The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office.

Msgr. Nuncio Scarano was arrested June 28 for allegedly trying to move 20 million euros — $26 million U.S. dollars — from Switzerland illegally into Italy, involving the Vatican's so-called bank, the IOR or Institute for Religious Works.

The arrest happened just days after Pope Francis...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke on the DOMA Decision:  ‘A Very Serious Matter’ (6168)

Speaking from Rome, the U.S. cardinal calls the decision a significant step down a path that ‘will destroy our culture.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke delivers an address June 15 at the Evangelium Vitae conference in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and the former archbishop of St. Louis, continues to monitor events closely in his native America.

On June 28, Cardinal Burke spoke briefly with Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin about the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, calling it “one more step” down a destructive path that eventually “will destroy our culture.”

Here is the full text of the interview:


How serious a threat to marriage and society is the Supreme Court decision on DOMA?

Without being able to go into the actual text...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Moves Forward in Seeking Mandate Reprieve (2460)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted en banc consideration of Hobby Lobby’s appeal and reversed a lower district court’s ruling from last December.

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Hobby Lobby

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DENVER — A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block devastating fines while it continues its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate.

“Today marks a milestone in Hobby Lobby’s fight for religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending Hobby Lobby, in a June 27 press release.

“This is a tremendous victory not only for the Green family and for their business, but also for many other religious business owners who should not have to forfeit their faith to make a living.”

Since founding Hobby Lobby in an Oklahoma City garage in...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Court Ruling Cannot Change Essence of Marriage (5011)

Bishops called the rulings ‘a profound injustice to the American people’ and urged a renewed effort to proclaim the truth about marriage.

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning.

“While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

Cardinal Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Cordileone chairs the conference’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

In a joint statement, they called the rulings “a...READ MORE

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