• 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    A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor the day before it was to be debated in committee.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
  • As Brazil debates criminalization of ‘homophobia’, bishops worry about religious liberty

    Freedom of religion needs to be taken into account when making “decisions concerning the criminalization of homophobia,” according to the head of Brazil’s bishops’ conference. On June 13, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that acts of homophobia should be considered by the judiciary... Read more
  • SCOTUS Won’t Revive Alabama Law Banning Dismemberment Abortion

    The Supreme Court declined Friday to revive an Alabama law that would ban dismemberment abortions. The state was forced to appeal to the High Court after a lower court ruled that its 2016 Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which bans so-called “dilation and... Read more
  • Interpreting the Bladensburg Cross Case

    Last week, the Supreme Court decided the much-awaited Bladensburg Cross case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The case presented a constitutional challenge to a war memorial on public property in Bladensburg, Maryland—a 32-foot-high Latin cross erected 90 years ago to... Read more
  • Opinion: Anti-religious bias imperils foster kids

    To most people, helping orphans and children in the foster system find stable homes seems like a top priority — the kind of priority that transcends politics and ideology. Unfortunately, however, those vulnerable children are quickly losing their advocates — and their hope for a stable,... Read more
  • Supreme Court rules Peace Cross war memorial can stand

    The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Peace Cross war memorial on public land outside Washington, D.C., can stand, determining in a 7-2 decision that it does not violate the Constitution. Residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland and the American Humanist Association had sued to have the... Read more