• Catholic Church in Wisconsin opposes bill attacking seal of confession

    Two bills were announced in Wisconsin this week intended to protect victims of child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church in the state has registered its strong objection to one bill's intention to force violation of the seal of confession. The Child Victims Act would remove the statute of... Read more
  • From DC to Mecca, Should ‘Human Dignity’ Be the New ‘Religious Freedom’?

    In his opening remarks at the second US Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo challenged every major world religion and secular society—and also invited them in. “We all agree that fighting so that each person is free to believe, free to assemble, and to... Read more
  • What China’s Catholics really think of the Vatican deal

    Recently I strolled slowly up a hill with a local priest in a remote area of China. He remained close to me as we ascended steep slopes to a Marian pilgrimage church, not because he was unsteady on our climb, but because he wanted to speak in a quiet whisper about what is going on in... Read more
  • Lord Alton: Abortion law imposed on N Ireland by UK Parliament

    The British Parliament is imposing its will on the citizens of Northern Ireland by passing legislation decriminalizing abortion there, one Catholic lawmaker says. “We know that the last vote to be held in the United Kingdom in any of the jurisdictions was in Northern Ireland, where they... Read more
  • Judge Rejects Planned Parenthood Smear Against David Daleiden

    Undercover investigator David Daleiden has been vindicated in court today against the bogus lawsuit Planned Parenthood filed after his videos exposed the abortion giant for selling aborted baby parts. Daleiden has maintained from the beginning that he and the Center for Medical Progress... Read more
  • Building A Culture of Religious Freedom

    Back in April, Gerard Baker, the Wall Street Journal’s editor at large, wrote a column called “Persecuted Christians And Their Quiescent Leaders” that I hope all of you will read. In it, Baker hammers home two facts. Christians of every tradition—Protestant, Catholic, and... Read more
  • When Christians Don’t Get a Second Chance

    Standing in the small chapel at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on a crisp April morning, it would be easy to exoticize the Iraqi worshipers, gathered for Monday Mass and tethered to ancient roots. The lingering aroma of incense clings to the thick carpet and dark upholstery of the Chaldean Catholic... Read more
  • California confession law dropped

    A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor the day before it was to be debated in committee. California Senate Bill 360 was removed Monday from the agenda for a meeting of the California Assembly’s Public Safety... Read more
  • How ‘Hosanna-Tabor’ is shaping employment at Catholic schools

    In the wake of recent controversies over teacher hiring, and firing, at religious schools, CNA spoke with professor Rick Garnett from Notre Dame Law School to discuss the future of religious liberty. In 2012 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the case Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical... Read more
  • Seal of confession is an ‘intrinsic requirement,’ Vatican says

    The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the seal of confession and the importance of other forms of secrecy in the life of the Church. The text follows action by governments in Australia, California,... Read more