A new law in the City of St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on a person's reproductive decisions or pregnancy.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on a 17-10 vote Feb. 10. Several members of the board spoke in opposition, saying it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist and causes unnecessary divisiveness.
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Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama could have a profound impact on the work of Catholic Charities of St. Louis and other faith-based organizations that receive federal funding.
The orders prohibit discrimination of employees on the basis of sex, which includes gender identity, transgender status and sex stereotypes. The other calls for a distinct separation between "explicit religious activity" and the delivery of services.
Four years ago when the Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a campaign for religious liberty, Archbishop Robert Carlson called it a great opportunity for Catholics to "build enthusiasm for this important cause."
"Religious liberty is our first, most cherished freedom," he said. "The threat the HHS mandate poses to the Catholic Church is no small matter. It is imperative that we act now to protect the freedoms upon which this country is based."
WASHINGTON — People of faith have the responsibility to "advocate for their faith," not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17.
He made the comments at the 12th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, which drew a record of about 1,300 attendees to a downtown Washington hotel.
Ryan and Sister Constance Veit, communications director for her religious congregation, the Little Sisters of the Poor, were special guests at the breakfast.
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Katie Sleeman, Breanna Colombini, Rachel Kondro and a half dozen others from Women Speak for Themselves prepared to give Kisses to the elderly residents of the Little Sisters of the Poor Residence in north St. Louis.
Carol Zimmermann | Catholic News Service | Twitter: @carolmaczim
WASHINGTON — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom.
Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government's so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for a third party to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans was inconsistent because the government already had been able to provide churches an exemption from the requirement.