CARES Act § 2204: An Incentive for Charitable Donations

CARES Act § 2204: An Incentive for Charitable Donations

A Quick Summary of what this article covers includes the following: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers religious nonprofits a valuable tool in this time of crisis: increased tax incentives for donors making charitable contributions. CARES § 2204 temporarily modifies the federal tax code to create an above-the-line deduction in 2020…
Highlights of SBA’s Updated FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Loans

Highlights of SBA’s Updated FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Loans

On April 8, 2020 (and again on April 13 and 14, 2020), the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued new “Frequently Asked Questions” providing clarifications regarding various aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans established through sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). The…
Known Unknowns: Faith-Based Organizations and the CARES Act Loan Programs

Known Unknowns: Faith-Based Organizations and the CARES Act Loan Programs

April 2, 2020-See byline details at end of article—Bottom Line: The CARES Act contains two loan programs which could potentially impact faith-based organizations. As of this writing, there are significant unanswered questions about the impact acceptance of these funds would have on a recipient’s ability to pursue its mission and maintain its religious identity. We are…
CNN settles defamation suit with Covington teen Nick Sandmann

CNN settles defamation suit with Covington teen Nick Sandmann

New York Post—CNN has agreed to settle a multi-million dollar defamation suit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann over the network’s depiction of his 2019 encounter with Native American activists. The network is one of three news outlets named by the 16-year-old Kentucky student in a lawsuit seeking a combined $800 million…
Red Mass opens Supreme Court term with religious liberty and abortion on the docket

Red Mass opens Supreme Court term with religious liberty and abortion on the docket

Washington D.C., Oct 7, 2019-CNA – The Archbishop of Washington, D.C. exhorted Supreme Court justices to “rejoice” in the Holy Spirit at the annual Red Mass on Sunday in D.C. In his homily, celebrant Archbishop Wilton Gregory noted that “Saint Luke wrote the passage that we just heard saying that Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.”…
As Alabama Case Closes and Georgia Case Gets Started, Justice Thomas Tears Into Abortion Precedent

As Alabama Case Closes and Georgia Case Gets Started, Justice Thomas Tears Into Abortion Precedent

Daily Report, Law.com—“This case serves as a stark reminder that our abortion jurisprudence has spiraled out of control,” Justice Clarence Thomas said. “Although this case does not present the opportunity to address our demonstrably erroneous ‘undue burden’ standard, we cannot continue blinking the reality of what this Court has wrought.” On the same day that abortion-rights advocates…
Canon law professor says church did not foresee crimes by bishops

Canon law professor says church did not foresee crimes by bishops

CNS—The 1983 Code of Canon Law did not anticipate crimes being committed by bishops that could result in their laicization, according to a canon law professor at The Catholic University of America. Jesuit Father Robert Kaslyn, who has taught courses in laicization, said the Second Vatican Council has also made it more complicated to remove…
Federal District Court Reaffirms Constitutionality of Ohio Voting Law, Denies ‘End Run’ Attempt Around Earlier Supreme Court Ruling

Federal District Court Reaffirms Constitutionality of Ohio Voting Law, Denies ‘End Run’ Attempt Around Earlier Supreme Court Ruling

There are so many ways to be unethical, sadly, and such behavior shows itself in every conceivable human endeavor and profession.  Among those who relentlessly pursue self-interest and power—and who will use every deception and falsehood to do so in the name of a twisted sense of “justice,” elections tend to bring out the most…
U.S. Supreme Court rulings on “Compelled Speech”

U.S. Supreme Court rulings on “Compelled Speech”

ADF—We all know that the First Amendment protects us from censorship of what we say, but we often don’t think about the flipside. Our constitutionally protected freedom of speech also means that no one can force us to say things we do not want to say—especially things that violate our deepest beliefs. Forced or “compelled…
Justice Kavanaugh Approved and Sworn in

Justice Kavanaugh Approved and Sworn in

On Saturday evening, October 6, U.S. Supreme Court nominee and now-former member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 50-48.  Immediately following the confirmation, Kavanaugh was officially sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice John Roberts and…
New DOJ initiative seeks to protect churches from illegal land use, zoning discrimination

New DOJ initiative seeks to protect churches from illegal land use, zoning discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C – The U.S. Department of Justice announced on June 12 its new “Place to Worship Initiative,” which will focus on “protecting the ability of houses of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities—as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).”…
Catholic Lawyers Defend St. Thomas More – Truly a Saint for the Legal Profession

Catholic Lawyers Defend St. Thomas More – Truly a Saint for the Legal Profession

by Gregory N. Weiler and Charles S. Limandri — On Friday, March 19, the Daily Journal [which describes itself as “California’s largest legal news provider”—ed. note] published a blistering and provocative article on St. Thomas More authored by San Diego trial attorney, Dan Lawton.  St. Thomas More was the famous 16th Century lawyer, Judge and…
US Supreme Court Quietly Delivers Big Win for Religious Liberty

US Supreme Court Quietly Delivers Big Win for Religious Liberty

by Monica Burke (CNSNews) Religious liberty and freedom of conscience won big at the Supreme Court last week, just in time for Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16. The justices declined last week to hear a legal challenge against a Mississippi law that protects citizens, small businesses, government employees, and charities from official discrimination by…
Judge rules Oakland ‘bubble law’ constitutional, pro-life lawyers plan to appeal

Judge rules Oakland ‘bubble law’ constitutional, pro-life lawyers plan to appeal

as reported in CalCatholic and Life Legal Defense Foundation: Attorneys for Rev. Walter Hoye say they will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that Oakland’s so-called ‘bubble ordinance’ does not violate the U.S. constitution. An attorney for Life Legal Defense Foundation said Hoye’s lawyers would ask the court to block enforcement of the ordinance pending appeal…