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Promoting Equality Through Coercion

The misnamed Equality Act of 2019 — perhaps the most egregious and far-reaching assault on religious freedom, individual conscience and free speech ever put forth in law-making halls of this nation — was passed by the U.S. House of...

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Church in Scotland Urged to Update Sex Abuse Reporting and Prevention Protocols

GLASGOW - A Scottish Catholic organization set up to prevent, report and audit allegations of sexual abuse within the Church can do even more to “rebuild trust” following the sex abuse scandals, an independent review board has found. The review,...

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Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit Unites the Church, Despite Sin and Scandal

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal. “The Holy Spirit is the creator of communion, the artist of reconciliation … He builds the community of...

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US Supreme Court Will Soon Decide ‘Peace Cross’ First Amendment Case

WASHINGTON - Before the month is out, the US Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision in an establishment clause case with the potential to create a new standard for dealing with problems related to religious liberty, religious symbols,...

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Amazonian Synod’s Working Document Charts Course Through ‘Three Conversions’

VATICAN CITY — The upcoming synod on the Amazonian region will be a time of “pastoral reflection, open to recognizing diversity" and “listening to the Amazonian reality with all its cultural and ecclesial facets,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the...

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Father Rosica Resigns from Salt and Light After Plagiarism Scandal

TORONTO - Father Thomas Rosica has resigned as CEO of the Salt and Light Media Foundation, four months after reports emerged that the priest had plagiarized sections of texts in lectures, op-eds, scholarly articles, and other writings. “After 16...

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Communion and Catholic Politicians: US Bishops on Upholding Church Teaching

The pressing question of how to respond to politicians in open defiance of Catholic teachings on issues like abortion and marriage came up in Baltimore during the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting. Several bishops explained to the Register the...

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Supreme Court Gives Second Chance to Oregon Cake Bakers who Declined Same-Sex Wedding

PORTLAND - An Oregon bakery whose owners declined to make a cake celebrating a same-sex commitment ceremony will get another chance in court, after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 17 ruling ordered lower courts to reconsider a massive fine and...

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Hong Kong Extradition Bill Could Further Endanger Christians, Advocates Say

HONG KONG - Though a proposed change to extradition laws in Hong Kong is on hold for now, Christian leaders and advocacy groups are continuing to speak out, warning that under the proposal those in Hong Kong who support Chinese Christians could...

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Paris Archbishop at Mass: Notre-Dame Exists to be a Place of Worship

PARIS - During Saturday's Mass in a side chapel of Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral's first since its April fire, Archbishop Michel Aupetit emphasized that the church is no mere cultural heritage of France, but is meant for the worship of...