Marriage has had its day at Court, but religious freedom could soon follow

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision. “The free exercise of religion means that we have a right not only to debate it openly in the public square, but to operate our ministries and to live our lives in accordance to the truth about … [Read more...]

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US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 11:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation's bishops said on Friday. “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president … [Read more...]

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Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US (Updated)

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions. By a vote of 5-4, the court ruled June 26 that states must recognize same-sex “marriages” under the 14th Amendment, and recognize such unions contracted in other states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing the majority opinion, said the court now … [Read more...]

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Assisted suicide bill stalls in California legislature, but pressure continues

Sacramento, Calif., Jun 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An assisted suicide bill in California has been temporarily pulled from a key committee in the state legislature, but its opponents say more work is necessary to sway legislators against it. Bill opponent Californians Against Assisted Suicide said the move was only “a brief respite.” “We know that the death promoters are committed to use every avenue they can, the media, the courts, the legislature,” the … [Read more...]

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Fathers play on Father’s Day: The priests of two Nebraska dioceses face off in softball game

Omaha, Neb., Jun 26, 2015 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the state that’s home to the College World Series, a new kind of series came to town on Father’s Day. Priests from two of Nebraska’s three Catholic dioceses – the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha – played each other in a softball game Sunday afternoon in an effort to raise awareness for vocations and to honor both spiritual and natural fathers. The game, dubbed the “I-80 Collar … [Read more...]

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Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Washington D.C., Jun 26, 2015 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new bill protecting the religious liberty of traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation? The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that … [Read more...]

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California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic ‘founding father’

Sacramento, Calif., Jun 25, 2015 / 02:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign. The legislature could vote to remove the priest’s statue and replace it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space. On June 30, … [Read more...]

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