The Erie diocese had asked to be removed from the suit, saying that the claims against Bishop Trautman concern only his time in Buffalo.
The court’s decision only found in favor of the executive action excusing the sisters and others with conscience objections – action that could be revoked or reversed by a subsequent administration.
The Holy See has repeatedly raised this concern for more than a decade regarding the use of the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in UN statements, arguing that they have no “clear and agreed definition in international law.”
The survey follows the release of official figures last month which showed that a record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019.
Auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Robert Barron, issued a “pastoral cry of the heart” to encourage Catholics to stop tearing each other apart online and instead provide well structured and charitable arguments.
COMMENTARY: The opinion in the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania is more about administrative procedure than about the substance of religious freedom. The opinion in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, however, goes straight to the heart of the religious freedom of religious institutions.
President Donald Trump said he would withdraw from the WHO in a May 29 Rose Garden media briefing.
Planned Parenthood performs approximately 345,000 abortions in the United States each year.
Blaine Amendments are nothing less than open declarations of religious hostility.
COMMENTARY: The court’s decision protects faith-based social service groups from controversies unrelated to the needs of those they aim to serve.