Religious Freedom

June 24, 2013

Register Radio: Saints and Witnesses for Fortnight for Freedom

June 14, 2013

Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Protecting Soldiers’ Conscience Rights

The presidential move is the latest in a string of incidents that have generated concern among Catholics and other Christian leaders.

June 14, 2013

Global Religious Freedom Law is Ineffective, Panel Says

A representative from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom testified before the House on global religious liberty.

June 12, 2013

IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

June 5, 2013

Advocate Says Fight to Defend Marriage in Illinois Continues

The same-sex 'marriage' bill wasn’t defeated outright before the local House of Representatives adjourned, but the deadline was extended to vote on it.

June 3, 2013

Political Scholar Says Religious Freedom Unites Society

'Religious liberty belongs to no party, no ideology, no creed: It is our common property and our shared inheritance.'

May 31, 2013

Contraception Funding Charges Inaccurate, New York Archdiocese Says

The archdiocese had no other option but to pay into the fund which administers the union members’ benefits ‘under protest’ to continue to offer insurance to its union workers and remain in the health-care field in New York.

May 31, 2013

Religious Differences Compatible With Freedom, Jewish Leader Says

Jewish leader said that being an American means both respecting the distinction between religious groups and standing for religious freedom for all members of American society.

May 30, 2013

Holy See Decries Intolerance ‘In the Name of Tolerance’

Bishop Mario Toso pointed to severe restrictions on Christian speech and conscience that can become the grounds of a criminal complaint in many European countries.

May 30, 2013

Church in Northern Arabia Longs for ‘Place to Worship’

Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Kuwait, said a major concern for his vicariate is promoting religious freedom for Christians in the area.

May 29, 2013

Iranian Government Arrests Christian Pastor and Closes His Church

Iranian law does not recognize or protect members of Protestant Christian groups or some Catholic Christians.

May 24, 2013

Hobby Lobby Has Hearing Before Federal Appeals Court Regarding HHS Suit

Christian store's lawyer is encouraged after arguing the case before full panel of 10th Circuit judges.

May 15, 2013

Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

May 14, 2013

Second Fortnight for Freedom to Highlight Marriage, Mandate

The two-week commemoration encourages people to live out faith in the public square and the professional world.

April 30, 2013

Council of Europe Hailed for Religious-Freedom Resolution

Resolution 1928 says that the assembly must ‘accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere by guaranteeing freedom of thought in relation to health care, education and the civil service.’

April 29, 2013

How Will Pope Francis Address Persecution of Christians Around the World?

Authority Nina Shea discusses the issue and what awaits the Holy Father.

April 26, 2013

Vatican Official Cautions of ‘Subtle’ Religious Freedom Violations

Cardinal Giancarlo Ravasi says the restrictions on religious freedom ‘are not simply legal or political issues but a direct outrage on the human dignity of persons.’

April 24, 2013

Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 18, 2013

Religious Freedom vs. Totalitarianism

COMMENTARY

April 17, 2013

Archbishop Lori: ‘We Cannot Evangelize If We Cannot Engage’

The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty affirms the continuing need for Catholics to live out their faith-based values in the public square.

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