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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...

January 02, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In the midst of their New Year's Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act's...

November 25, 2013

PITTSBURGH — A federal judge Nov. 21 granted the Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses a preliminary injunction against the federal health care law's contraceptive mandate, saying religious employers' right to adhere to their moral objections to it outweighs a government decision...

November 25, 2013

A Missouri state representative and his wife are seeking court protection as they appeal a decision in their suit in federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate, which requires health coverage of drugs, devices and procedures they and...

October 16, 2013

On August 11, 2013 Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke at a forum held by Credo of the Catholic Laity-St. Louis on the HHS Mandate. Listen to the podcast...

August 14, 2013

A Missouri state representative has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that requires health coverage of drugs, devices and procedures the Church teaches are morally objectionable.

Attorneys with the Thomas...

July 03, 2013

On the eve of Independence Day, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis put aside their holiday planning to pray for the protection of the thing the Fourth of July celebrates — freedom.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a noon Mass July 3 before a standing...

July 03, 2013

WASHINGTON — The final rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementing its mandate that employers provide coverage of contraceptives do not eliminate "the need to continue defending our rights in Congress and the courts," said New York...

Sister Maria Gonzalez, a member of the Poor Sisters of St. Joseph in Alexandria, Va., prayed with others during a 2012 rally outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. HHS issued final rules June 28 for implementing its requirement that most employers, with some exceptions for religious organizations, cover contraceptives as part of the Affordable Care Act.
July 02, 2013

WASHINGTON — A diverse group of religious leaders, including Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals and a representative from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, issued an open letter July 2 urging the U.S. government to "expand conscience protections" in...

June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholic bishops said the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 rulings on same-sex marriage were a "tragic day for marriage and our nation."

The court, in separate 5-4 rulings struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining...

June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause, the Supreme Court ruled June 26 in a 5-4 opinion.

In a separate case, the court sent back to...

An unidentified man marched in last year’s Religious Freedom Walk, from Hancock, Md., to Baltimore. This year’s second annual Religious Freedom Walk, held June 9-15, went all the way to Washington, D.C.
June 19, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Some people will go to great lengths to protect their religious freedom. For one 21-year-old from Holy Family Church in Middletown, Md., that distance was 100 miles.

Jennifer Holcomb said she was shocked to find that many of the people she...

June 19, 2013

A special archdiocesan event being planned next month to promote the issues of life, marriage and religious liberty also will involve ice cream for young people.

Yes, ice cream.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Fortnight for Freedom Mass at...

A Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive box is seen in New York in this file photo taken April 5. The Obama administration says it will no longer fight age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available without a prescription to all women and girls. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a letter June 10 that it would comply with a court’s ruling to allow the unrestricted sales, withdrawing its appeal on the matter.
June 12, 2013

The recent push to make emergency contraception more widely available in the United States raises questions about the mechanisms of the drug and the implications of making it available as an over-the-counter product.

Last week, the federal government dropped its...

Tony Lepski is a member of St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles. Lepski has shared his personal story of being conceived in rape.
April 26, 2013

When Tony and June Lepski opened their home to two foster children, they never would have imagined the gift they received in return.

The Lepskis, members of St. Cletus Parish in St. Charles, have a story unlike many others. After his birth in 1940, Tony Lepski was...

Theresa Hannegan held 10-month-old baby, Khalise, while her mother was taking a class at Our Lady’s Inn. Our Lady’s Inn provides a home and an array of services supporting pregnant women and their children dealing with homelessness. Hannegan, 27, is among a growing number of Catholics and other people of faith who have expressed their concern about a federal mandate that requires health insurance providers to cover contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations in health care plans.
April 24, 2013

Last fall, Theresa Hannegan received a letter from her insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, telling her that her health insurance plan would start covering contraceptives.

The part-time employee at Our Lady's Inn, who had opted to purchase an...

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