• Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Frozen Embryos Mere ‘Marital Property’

    Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte…to form a single cell. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual. (p. 18) — Keith Moore and T.V.N.... Read more
  • The Right Way to Talk about Rights

    Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day, December 10, commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Recently, the Trump administration has been giving some thought to that declaration. In July, Secretary of State Mike... Read more
  • Human Dignity Redefined

    In revolutionary countries you expect to find desecration: churches turned into lavatories or reformatories, their sanctuaries wrecked and defiled, their bells pulled down and melted, and their crosses tumbled to the ground by commissars, as the Young Pioneers jeer. Yet not all revolutions... Read more
  • Little Sisters of the Poor again seek Supreme Court’s help

    The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1 asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. This has a familiar ring because in 2016 the Supreme Court granted the sisters a religious exemption from the... Read more
  • ‘Words matter’ bishops say as Supreme Court hears LGBT cases

    The bishops of the United States have urged the Supreme Court not to “redefine a fundamental element of humanity” by reinterpreting sex descrimination laws. The bishops’ intervention came as the court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a trio of cases that could decide whether or not... Read more
  • University officials held ‘personally liable’ for discrimination against Christian student group

    A federal court ruled University of Iowa officials must pay out of their own pockets for discriminating against a prominent Christian student group, calling the university's conduct "ludicrous" and "incredibly baffling" during a hearing last week. Judge Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District... Read more
  • 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