Ben Johnson Mon Jun 30, 2014 – 10:01 am ESTUpdated on June 20 at 1:34 p.m. EST.WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning the U.S. Supreme Court decided closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be compelled to furnish potentially abortion-inducing drugs to their employees by a 5-4 decision. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) allows for closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby to maintain their religious outlook and still do business, the majority ruled in a 49-page opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The law holds that government may only impose a mandate that burdens religious business owners’ consciences if the government has a compelling interest in doing so and uses the least invasive means possible. “We must next ask…Continue Reading
Parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church found themselves competing for seats — and parking spots — Sunday as a mob of visitors descended upon the historic church near Eastern Market. About 100 people are typically scattered throughout the pews for the Sunday morning mass. This morning, they spilled from the pews into the aisles, and through the doors from there. Fans rotated furiously to help combat the heavy humidity in the historic building at 1828 Jay St. “It’s just fantastic,” said parishioner Christine Hubbard, who helped coordinate the event. “Father (Greg Tokarski, the church’s pastor) just loved it.”
POSTED: FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 6:33 PM By Jourdyn Kaarre / World-Herald staff writer Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, 78, of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln suffered a heart attack at his home Friday morning, said JD Flynn, a diocese spokesman. Bruskewitz was stable and in “good spirits,” Flynn said, but he cannot receive visitors. Out of respect for Bruskewitz’s privacy during his recovery, Flynn said he would not release additional information. A nursing supervisor at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln said Bruskewitz was in stable condition Friday evening. Bruskewitz was ordained in 1960, and in 1992, he was named eighth bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln. Bruskewitz retired in
BY MATTHEW GAMBINO UPDATE – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia lost its bid to block regulations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) June 26, but a new ruling will prevent the church from paying fines of $160,000 a day for noncompliance. Judge Ronald Buckwalter of the United States Eastern District Court refused to grant the injunction that the archdiocese and its Catholic Charities agencies had sought earlier this month against the so-called HHS mandate, a set of regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services that would force some religious employers to provide employees with access to contraceptives, abortifacients and other services that violate Catholic beliefs.
Rome, June 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) Ann Schneible | 129 hits The pastoral care of men and women in same-sex partnerships will be among the more complex topics studied during the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization This study will be based upon a Preparatory Document “questionnaire” which assessed where Catholics stand on issues pertaining to family issues and sexual morality – including the issue of same-sex unions. The responses to this questionnaire have been summarized in an Instrumentum Laboris (working document), which was presented today at the Vatican Press Office. The working document dedicates a section to “Concerning Unions of Persons of the Same Sex,” where it addresses various pastoral…Continue Reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court has unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law establishing a buffer zone around abortion facilities. The justices’ 9-0 ruling in McCullen v. Coakley reverses the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the law, which barred sidewalk counselors from setting foot within 35 feet of abortion facilities statewide. SCOTUSblog reports, “The opinion appears to be mainly focused on the fact that the buffer zone includes public ways and sidewalks.” “In a brazen affront to the First Amendment, Massachusetts government officials had sought to use the threat of arrest and criminal conviction to silence those offering women life-affirming alternatives to abortion,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “The Supreme Court…Continue Reading
BY JOHN SHIMEK Faithful Catholics have been focused on President Obama’s contraceptive mandate for some time now. But, the fight for religious freedom just entered a new round. Another assault on First Amendment protections just reared its ugly head. News of it broke Monday morning. Get set, folks. This is serious stuff. This morning, Buzzfeed – “The Media Company for the Social Age” – broke the news that the W
Rita Alderete is single, but she values the idea of marriage being a relationship between one man and one woman. That’s why the young, diminutive pastor of the Kingdom Tabernacle of Worship church in Paterson, New Jersey, stood under overcast skies in hot, humid weather Thursday, preparing to “March for Marriage,” a now-annual rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and other groups. “We’re proclaiming Jesus and offering a choice of changing your life and experiencing what God can do,” she said. The estimated 5,000 people present was small compared to the hundreds of thousands who braved the bitter cold of January earlier this year to participate in the annual anti-abortion March for Life.
Bill Donohue comments on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s response to those protesting his participation in the March for Marriage; it is being held tomorrow in Washington: A motley group of public officials, community activists, religious leaders, and gay advocates are upset that Archbishop Cordileone supports marriage, properly understood. It is a striking sociological moment when elites stage a protest of an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church simply because he believes—as the whole world has believed for thousands of years—that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It is not a good cultural sign that this commonsensical position is considered controversial, even hateful. Those who are quick to brand support for traditional marriage hateful need to…Continue Reading