Religious Freedom

Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

Religion "helps promote moral discipline within society" and "helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good," U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
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Little Sisters of the Poor again seek Supreme Court’s help

The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1 asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
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U.S. officials seek greater cooperation with Vatican on religious freedom

Promoting religious freedom, providing humanitarian assistance and fighting human trafficking are three major issues the Vatican and the U.S. administration agree on and on which they will continue to coordinate efforts, panelists said at a joint symposium.
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Report gives snapshot of efforts to protect religious freedom around globe

In conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute presented a side event July 15 to discuss current international religious freedom policy.
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Report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks in key areas

The U.S. scores in five of the eight categories examined were worse than they were in 2007, the first year Pew started researching the subject.
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Report details attacks on, abuses against religious freedom worldwide

The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom shows continued attacks and abuse by governments and societies against religious minorities.
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Secrecy of confession must never be violated, Vatican says

Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives.
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Historic cross on public property can stay, Supreme Court rules

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland saying the cross did not endorse religion.
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Archbishop Gomez ‘deeply disappointed’ by Senate passing confession bill

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he was "deeply disappointed" by the California Senate's passage of a bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.
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California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to choose between violating the law or violating the seal of the confessional.
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Two attacks in two days leave 10 Catholics dead in Burkina Faso

Catholic leaders in Burkina Faso appealed for unity and solidarity after two attacks on Catholics in two days left nine laypeople and a priest dead.
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Court says Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies’ foster placements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.
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