• Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

    A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail. The law was passed by Queensland Parliament Sept. 8. It had support from both major parties and was opposed by the Catholic Church. One... Read more
  • Double standards for gatherings in San Francisco a source of growing frustration

    Earlier this week, the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, released a statement calling on the city’s Mayor London Breed; Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax; and San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon to “ease unfair restrictions on public... Read more
  • Federal court rules Arkansas abortion restrictions can take effect

     A federal court of appeals has removed an injunction blocking four Arkansas abortion regulations from going into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday to reinstate the 2017 Arkansas laws. They can take effect August 28, although they may still face... Read more
  • Supreme Court rules religious schools shielded from teachers’ employment discrimination claims

    The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision on Wednesday that civil courts cannot get involved in employment discrimination claims brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function. The decision expanded on a previous ruling from 2012... Read more
  • Little Sisters have big win in Supreme Court decision

    The Little Sisters of the Poor had a victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, nine years into the religious order’s bouts of litigation over the Obama-era “contraception mandate” which obliged employers to provide for contraceptive coverage for employees through their health care... Read more
  • Righting a Historic Wrong

    A century-old constitutional provision will no longer block religious schools in Montana from receiving fair treatment. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the state’s Blaine Amendment, which barred public aid from going to educational institutions “controlled in whole or in... Read more
  • Despite Ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo – Pro-Lifers Should Not Give Up Or Give In

    Supreme Court. Credit: Addie Mena / CNA. Pro-lifers are rightly disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo. The narrow 5-4 decision struck down a set of popular common-sense health and safety regulations of abortion facilities that were enacted by the... Read more
  • Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

    The Supreme Court delivered two decisions Monday on cases concerning life issues. Among a total of three decisions issued by the court June 29, justices overturned a Louisiana state law seeking to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as other surgical centers.  In a 5-4 decision... Read more
  • A Morally Empty Jurisprudence

    Conservatives were bracing for the defection of Justice Gorsuch on the cases dealing with the “transgendered” and “sexual orientation.” But even the anticipation of the jolt did not diminish its depressing force. The reactions, coming with disbelief and anger, have not been understated.... Read more
  • Supreme Court: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Covered Under Discrimination Law

    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that employers cannot fire workers because of their sexual orientation or self-determined gender identity, while dissenting justices opined the Court was legislating from the bench. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion for the Court in a 6-3... Read more