Oct. 26, 2015 – SACRAMENTO, CA – A Roman Catholic order of Sisters, the Guadulapanas Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, filed a petition today in California Superior Court in Sacramento asking the court to review a state requirement that compels the Sisters to purchase a health plan that provides coverage for all abortions, including late-term and gender selection abortions.
Faith in the Public Square
We affirm our religious liberty, which is guaranteed in both the U.S. Constitution and the California state constitution.
On October 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 775, (Chiu, D-San Francisco), the so-called Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act. The legislation forces faith-based, pro-life pregnancy resource centers that offer alternatives to abortion, to advertise access to “immediate free or low-cost” abortion. The bill was co-sponsored by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice California and others.
During his recent speech to Congress on September 24, Pope Francis paid special tribute to the contributions of four great Americans – two Catholics, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, and two non-Catholic Christians, Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this second installment, we examine the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, with particular emphasis on her concern for the poor and the continued importance of that message today.
During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis left us with a vast wealth of remarks and speeches that will provide us with much spiritual nourishment in the weeks and months to come.
Update on the Little Sisters of the Poor Case
On September 3, five federal judges of the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did something highly unusual in our justice system.
Do Catholic schools have the right to insist that teachers they hire help promote the Church’s mission and refrain from contradicting Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their public actions?
A case that could impact Catholic and other religious institutions and non-profit organizations in California and throughout the country is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. Oral arguments were heard on Dec. 8, 2014.
Escalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and mass displacement of 1.2 million people since January. Fear looms as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of large swaths of the Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces.
(This article is re-posted from CRS website detailing unfolding emergencies throughout the world. Please visit http://emergencies.crs.org/ for more information on Iraq, Gaza, Africa and other areas.)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties means "justice has prevailed," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "preventive services" mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life. The statement follows: