Bishops: Bill would infringe on religious liberty

Catholic News Service A Senate bill responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has the potential to affect “all existing federal protections of conscience and religious freedom” when it comes to health care mandates, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees. In a July 14 letter to U.S. senators,…

Court case shows that families are far from obsolete

The family unit still has influence, even in a society that seems to be devaluing it By Steve Kent One can appreciate the irony that the family, now often portrayed as a relic or obstacle, was recently the key element in a small but important step for religious freedom in the United States. The Supreme…

Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds. Known as the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference…

Life Issues Forum: Much Ado About Hobby Lobby

July 15, 2015 by Richard M. Doerflinger The ink was not dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision before the attacks began. “The immediate effect… is to deny many thousands of women contraceptive coverage vital to their well-being and reproductive freedom,” intoned The New York Times. We must “keep bosses out of the…

High Court takes the high ground

Companies’ values affirmed July 4, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the…