- June 26, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up the case of a Washington state pharmacy required to stock emergency contraception such as Plan B despite the objections of the owners and pharmacists is, as Justice Samuel Alito put it, an "ominous sign" about religious freedom.
Pope Francis aspires to be the "chairman of the board" for religious moderates around the world, and two recent bits of blowback from hardliners within both Hinduism and Islam could be taken to suggest that he's getting through.
A group of priests made up of clergy who work in the "villas miserias," or "villas of misery," in the Argentine capital, have issued a petition defending Pope Francis against what it terms a “brutal campaign against him with attacks of every kind."
Catholic leaders in California say a new bill that would bar colleges receiving state funding from making employment, student housing, admission and other decisions on the basis of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, amounts to a restriction of religious freedom.
New Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis Bernard Hebda, who took over amid a sexual abuse scandal, said the experience of being in Rome with Pope Francis for the June 29 Pallium Mass provided “reassurance” in dealing with anxiety about the assignment.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s first abortion ruling in almost a decade, pro-lifers say the setback illustrates that the battle must be fought not only at the level of litigation and legislation, but also changing hearts and minds to build a “culture of life.”
Martyred while saying Mass in 1980 and politically controversial in his day, Blessed Oscar Romero is one of 14 “witnesses to freedom” in the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign this year, and his relics will be on display July 1 in Los Angeles.
Beginning Friday, July 1, the feast of St. Junípero Serra, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will launch a new multimedia platform called “Angelus News,” featuring a weekly magazine that will be a print home for Crux Editor John Allen and Crux Vatican Correspondent Inés San Martín.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, allowing a 2007 rule to stand requiring pharmacies to fill lawful prescriptions.
In response to the terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport, Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the “heinous” assault, expressed solidarity with the “dear Turkish people,” and asked God to “convert the hearts of the violent.”
A former priest in Paterson, N.J., has been convicted of luring and criminal sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, while a priest in Long Island has voluntarily stepped down during an investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse from years ago.
Papal trips are important for many reasons, including what they reveal about a pope’s personality and priorities. Francis’s June 24-26 outing to Armenia was no exception, offering insights about the importance of Argentina, his seriousness about the Orthodox, and his stubborn streak.READ MORE
Despite recent rumors that Pope Francis might be on the brink of reconciling with a breakaway traditionalist Catholic body, the Society of St. Pius X now says that’s not a priority because of the “great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church.”READ MORE
In response to the terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport, Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the “heinous” assault, expressed solidarity with the “dear Turkish people,” and asked God to “convert the hearts of the violent.”READ MORE
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, allowing a 2007 rule to stand requiring pharmacies to fill lawful prescriptions.READ MORE
Cultural critic Mary Eberstadt says, “The kind of ridicule we see aimed at Christianity today, especially in popular entertainment, is nothing new. There’s a pretty straight line from Voltaire’s Candide, say, to The Book of Mormon and other modern fare that exploits religious faith for laughs.”READ MORE