Tag Archives: Religious Freedom

Could a California bill make Catholic conduct codes illegal?

Pro-abortion groups are lobbying for a California law that Catholic leaders warn would open employers like Catholic schools to lawsuits for asking teachers to follow their codes of conduct. “The bill unmistakably targets religious organization employers in the state, and goes further, inviting expensive litigation that could take years to sort out,” the California Catholic

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Archbishop Lori: What Doubting Thomas can teach us about freedom

An encounter with the Lord frees us from sin and fear, and frees us for mission and evangelization, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily at the closing Mass for the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom. The July 3 Mass was held during the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, and concluded the

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Man plows over 10 Commandments monument in Arkansas

When Moses smashed the stone tablets in Exodus 32, out of rage for the sins of his people, he used his bare hands. But maybe a car would have made the task easier? Michael Tate Reed, 32, yelled “Freedom!” as he plowed his car into a statue of the 10 Commandments placed outside the state

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Refusal to teach LGBT issues could fail a Jewish school in Britain

A Jewish girls’ school has received a failing report from a British education standards monitor because it did not teach its pupils about sexual orientation and gender reassignment. The report concerns Vishnitz Girls School, an Orthodox Jewish school in the London borough of Hackney for students up to age eight. Inspectors charged that the school

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US bishops vote to make religious freedom committee permanent

The U.S. bishops voted on Thursday to make their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty a permanent committee of the national bishops’ conference. “The very idea of religious freedom and its root in human nature is challenged” today, said Archbishop Lori, chair of the ad hoc committee, at a meeting of the U.S. bishops Thursday.

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Church destroyed, Christians detained in China’s Henan province

Local authorities in China’s Henan province reportedly destroyed a Christian church building last month, beating parishioners who tried to stop the demolition and detaining 40, the group China Aid says. “The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II,” China Aid said.

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Iraqi Christians endure despite persecution, Chaldean bishop says

Iraq’s Christians have suffered persecution for centuries, yet their faith has survived and the community will remain, provided their material needs are met, a Chaldean Catholic bishop has said. “The story of suffering of Iraqi Christians is an ongoing phenomenon,” Bishop Bawai Soro, auxiliary bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of

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Trump admin ponders new religious freedom rule for HHS mandate

A leaked draft of a federal rule that would protect religious organizations from the controversial federal contraception mandate has won the support of religious liberty advocates, who say that it is sorely needed. “What the rule ultimately says, is that, given how widely available these products already are, there is simply no need for the

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