Conscience rights

Editorial | Louisiana court vs. the seal of confession

Last week Catholic news organizations, including the St. Louis Review, published a troubling story about the Louisiana Supreme Court attempting to compel a priest to break the seal of confession.

At issue was a lawsuit filed by the parents of a girl who claimed that, in 2008 at the age of 14, she told a priest that she had been abused by a now-deceased parishioner. The parents claim that the priest was negligent in not reporting the abuse. The girl claimed she told the priest of this in the confessional.

Court attempts to compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest could be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.

The priest, Father Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he refuse to testify.

Faithful called on to continue defense of religious liberty

Red, white and blue greeted St. Louis Catholics on the front steps at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis a little before the noon hour on July 2.

On an unusually pleasant St. Louis summer day, the Stars and Stripes waved in the wind, with members of LIFE Runners holding the flag, as Church-goers signed a banner that read "Defend Religious Liberty."

 

Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis scored a court victory Monday in what proved to be a banner day for religious liberty in the United States.

They received a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in their lawsuit challenging the legality of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on health care insurance coverage the Church finds morally objectionable.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means "justice has prevailed," in the words of two U.S. archbishops.

Archbishop Lori: Catholics should be free to serve with 'eucharistic heart'

Simeona Leon, a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, signed the Fortnight for Freedom banner outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore June 21. The Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass was celebrated at the basilica.

BALTIMORE -- The Eucharist conforms Catholics to "the pattern of Christ's self-giving love" and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year's Fortnight for Freedom.

The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi.

"By entering the dynamic of Christ's self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between," he said in his homily.

Syndicate content