“No church should be forced to cover abortions, and certainly not a church like Cedar Park that dedicates its ministry to protecting and celebrating life,” said Elissa Graves, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom which represented Cedar Park Church in the case.
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Bishops in each state speak out against the two proposals that are in direct conflict with Church teaching.
The order, signed after the president’s visit to the shrine of Pope St. John Paul II, calls religious freedom “a moral and national security imperative” and declares it “a foreign policy priority of the United States.”
Archbishop Paul Etienne will succeed Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, whose resignation was accepted Sept. 3 by Pope Francis.
Eyewitnesses say the Saturday evening incident was led by Nathan Phillips, a tribal leader who was at the center of a confrontation with Catholic high school students after the March for Life that went viral on social media.
The Jan. 10 disclosure from the Diocese of Pittsburgh is the first confirmation by Church authorities that Cardinal Wuerl was aware of allegations against the disgraced ex-cardinal before June 2018.
Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, said the government 'trying to compel me to design something that goes totally against my personal conscience, and they violated my right to free speech and expression.'
What does U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear Stormans v. Wiesman mean for those with conscience convictions?
‘If this is a sign of how religious-liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead,’ Justice Samuel Alito said, ‘those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.’