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Sister Mary Grace, a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, venerated a relic of her order’s foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville, N.Y., in 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by the women religious and several other Catholic and faith-based entities against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.
November 11, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic and other faith-based entities against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate.

The court will hear appeals from groups...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson hosted a meeting Nov. 9 with Missouri bishops and major superiors of religious congregations at the Cardinal Rigali Center. They celebrated Mass in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Archbishop Carlson smiled as he listened to a homily by Father Roger Landry, an attaché to the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.
November 11, 2015

Imagine a time when nominally faithful people adopted the values of the surrounding culture because it was hard to be different.

Imagine a time when people hid their religious identity so that they could get along with others who didn't share their faith.

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September 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," as the bell's inscription says.

Meeting Sept. 26 with...

July 15, 2015

DENVER -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court...

February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON -- A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of "religious hostility" have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years.

The report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,...

September 10, 2014

Oral arguments were heard Sept. 8 in the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis for a religious liberty case in which a family is seeking exemption from the U.S. Health and Human Services mandate. The mandate would require them to participate in group...

Christopher Stefanick
September 05, 2014

The Declaration of Independence states we all have God-given rights -- not government-given rights, nor king-given rights -- and that the whole purpose of a government is to defend the rights that a government certainly has no right to take away. Among the most important...

August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Pro-life groups that have battled with the federal government since the first rules were issued on contraceptive coverage in 2012 derided the government's latest rules allowing religious institutions -- and potentially some for-profit companies -- to opt...

July 16, 2014

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...

July 09, 2014

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...

July 02, 2014

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...

June 30, 2014

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...

June 30, 2014

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...

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.
June 25, 2014

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...

June 23, 2014

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.

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Christine Brewer (center) as Madame Lidoine with the nuns of Compiègne in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2014 production of Dialogues of the Carmelites.
June 20, 2014

The Discalced Carmelites make a profession of four vows: poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure.

But for a group of 16 Carmelite nuns who lived during the French Revolution in the 18th century, a fifth vow of martyrdom, professed privately within their...

Pope Francis arrived to celebrate Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 19
June 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Real religious liberty includes the freedom to live according to the values taught by one's faith, Pope Francis said.

"Religious freedom is not just a matter of thought or private devotion," the pope said June 20. "It is the freedom to live -- both...

June 19, 2014

When we observed the Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, I naively thought it would be a one-time event. I assumed that the HHS mandate would soon be overturned and our congregation of Little Sisters of the Poor would quickly fall out of the public eye. But this month marks...

June 19, 2014

HHS mandate for sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services forces religious institutions to facilitate and/or fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. Further,...

Religious liberty
June 18, 2014

Religious liberty is both an American value and a universal human right and shouldn't be considered something private or lived out within a community of worshippers once a week.

So says Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the U.S. bishops, who, for several years,...

June 18, 2014

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Catholic bishops June 11 unanimously approved by voice vote a three-year extension of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. The vote came on the first day of the bishops' June 11-13 annual spring assembly in New Orleans.

Prior to the...

June 18, 2014

Last fall, when former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited St. Louis to stump for the Affordable Care Act, we asked her about the number of lawsuits challenging the government's mandate that requires most employers to provide...

June 04, 2014

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...

March 26, 2014

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...

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