Court’s order in contraceptive case could be way to avoid tie decision

Immediately after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell March 23 challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement, the second-guessing began about how the court will rule in Washington D.C. The 108-page transcript of the arguments was gleaned for hardly obscure clues and court watchers predicted a split decision of 4-4 from […]

Profile: Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls — Sacred Heart Chapel

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. In addition to designating shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese as places of pilgrimage, Bishop Donald Kettler has encouraged parishioners to pray at the religious communities in the diocese during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Those who visit […]

Bishop Kettler, Bishop Kinney welcome Archbishop Hebda’s appointment to archdiocese

St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney released statements today following the announcement March 24 that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, 56, as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese since June 2015 and as coadjutor archbishop of Newark since 2013. […]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom. Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government’s so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for […]