• Australian priests ‘willing to go to jail’ rather than break confessional seal

    CANBERRA, Australia - As Australian states and territories pass and consider laws requiring priests to break the seal of confession to report cases of child sex abuse, Catholic priests are saying they would go to jail rather than violate the seal. “The state will be requiring us as... Read more
  • SCOTUS’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Is A Win — But It’s Also A Warning

    In 2016, I wrote about the state of Colorado’s attempt to destroy Masterpiece Cakeshop over a thought crime. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission had dug into Jack Phillips’ soul and established that his refusal to create a unique cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig was driven by... Read more
  • State Department releases annual report on international religious freedom

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Everyone has “a stake in this fight” for religious freedom, said the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback. “One person’s bondage is another person’s burden to break,” he told reporters May 29. “We’re all people with... Read more
  • US Secretary of State announces major religious freedom meeting

    Washington D.C., May 29, 2018 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. government will host its first-ever Ministerial Meeting to Advance Religious Freedom this summer, newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced May 29. “Religious freedom was vital to America’s beginning.... Read more
  • California Judge Rules in Favor of Baker Who Refused to Bake a Cake for Same-Sex Wedding

    A Superior Court Judge has issued a final judgment in the case of a Bakersfield, California baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. According to court documents, Judge David Lampe entered his ruling in favor of the baker on May 1. The Lawsuit In August, 2017, two... Read more
  • America’s growing divide over constitutional interpretation

    A majority of Americans say courts should interpret the U.S. Constitution according to what it “means in current times” not as “originally written,” according a new Pew Research Center survey. This year’s survey results mark the first time a majority of respondents (55 percent) advocate... Read more
  • Food Video Is Evidence of ‘Terrorism,’ Turkey Claims in Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Trial

    [caption id="attachment_97291" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2018-03-14 14:51:53Z | http://piczard.com | http://codecarvings.com‚q€ÄÜñШà“Í—‚[/caption] In the ongoing trial of American Pastor Andrew Brunson,... Read more
  • Religious freedom efforts in the spotlight as North Korean prisoners freed

    Washington D.C., May 9, 2018 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The release of three American prisoners from North Korea was hailed as an important first step in addressing abuses within the nation, as U.S. leaders call for a continued expansion of religious freedom initiatives in U.S. foreign... Read more
  • Second priest murdered in Mexico in less than a week

    Guadalajara, Mexico, Apr 23, 2018 / 03:30 pm (ACI Prensa).- The reported murder of a priest in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Friday marks the second killing of a priest in less than a week in the country. Fr. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot to death the afternoon of April 20 inside Saint... Read more
  • Appointee to the Iowa Board of Medicine rejected because of her comments at CWR

    This is so very 2018. This is what the Reign of Gay looks like: The Iowa Senate refused to confirm a Nevada woman to the Iowa Board of Medicine Wednesday because of comments she wrote last August on a Catholic online forum critics said were “red flags” on LGBTQ issues. The... Read more