By Dave Luecking | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @stlreviewscribe
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.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Based on her own research and interviews with women, including many post-abortive women, Helen Alvare said women today have a host of concerns that need attention from government and society and getting freeing contraceptives is not among them.
"Women do not think free contraceptives will make their lives free and happy," she told members of the Catholic media in an evening keynote speech June 20 in Charlotte.
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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass next month as part of the U.S. bishops' third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a nationwide initiative to pray, raise awareness and support religious liberty in the United States.
All are invited for the Mass, which will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. After Mass, Archbishop Carlson will host a social at his residence for young people.
The U.S. Constitution does not permit federal courts or government officials to be the ultimate arbiters of matters of faith.
Today, the government is seeking to transform the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's substantial burden analysis -- allowing for intrusion only in the "interests of the highest order" -- into what attorneys for the U.S. bishops call "an exercise in amateur moral theology."