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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...

July 01, 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...

Christopher Stefanick
March 26, 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...

March 26, 2014

We are baptized into a family of faith, the Church, and we live out our Christian discipleship in communion with all our sisters and brothers (living and deceased) who make up the one Body of Christ. The social, or communal, dimension of Catholic belief and practice is...

A woman led a chant in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington against the federal government’s contraceptive mandate March 25. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in lawsuits filed against the mandate by Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties on religious rights grounds.
March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Oral arguments in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court March 25 focused on whether for-profit corporations have religious grounds to object to the new health care law's requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee...

February 27, 2014

The Little Sisters of the Poor stay grounded in the knowledge that they are carrying on the work of their foundress.

In 1839 St. Jeanne Jugan, a poor 47-year old working woman in post-revolutionary France, shared a small apartment with a friend. They took in an...

February 26, 2014

Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.

The young man who was the pitcher let an underhanded toss soar. Katie swung and made contact, driving in a run for the Little Sisters of the Poor residents' team....

Religious freedoms violated
February 19, 2014

WASHINGTON

After ruling in 2012 that certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act stand up to constitutional scrutiny, the Supreme Court's next dip into legal challenges to the law focuses on whether for-profit secular employers can claim religious...

February 12, 2014

Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking protection from a federal mandate that requires coverage of contraceptives in workers' health insurance plans.

The brief, filed Feb. 10, called the mandate "one of the most...

January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers' health insurance plans because this violates the employers' faith-based moral objections...

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