Religious freedom laws ‘more necessary than ever,’ Congress hears

Religious freedom laws ‘more necessary than ever,’ Congress hears

CNA—The House Committee on Education and Labor heard testimony June 25 on the Do No Harm Act, a proposed measure to limit the application of landmark religious freedom legislation.  The Do No Harm Act proposes to limit the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Critics of the measure warned Tuesday that tampering with…
Supreme Court returns case of florist who declined gay wedding to lower court

Supreme Court returns case of florist who declined gay wedding to lower court

ADF/CNA—The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated a Washington state ruling against local florist Barronelle Stutzman, who in 2013 declined to make flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Washington Supreme Court, instructing that the case be reconsidered in the light of Masterpiece Cakeshop decision earlier…
Supreme Court gives second chance to Oregon cake bakers who declined same-sex wedding

Supreme Court gives second chance to Oregon cake bakers who declined same-sex wedding

CNA—An Oregon bakery whose owners declined to make a cake celebrating a same-sex commitment ceremony will get another chance in court, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 17 ruling ordered lower courts to reconsider a massive fine and other penalties in light of a similar Colorado case. “The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from…
Bishop Barber: No Priest can comply with proposed CA law… I would rather go to jail rather than obey this attack on our religious freedom

Bishop Barber: No Priest can comply with proposed CA law… I would rather go to jail rather than obey this attack on our religious freedom

If you know or have ever met or heard Bishop Barber, you know immediately he is a man of clear direction and purpose, a straight-shooter in his words and actions.  After all, not only is he a well-formed Jesuit, he is also a military chaplain.  You don’t have time for anything else but clarity, truth…
Seal of the Sacrament of Confession threatened in CA

Seal of the Sacrament of Confession threatened in CA

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate appropriations’ committee May 16. The bill, as amended, would require priests to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicion of child abuse gained from…