Theologians’ brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling

Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind them and although these briefs might get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out. In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement, more than 30 briefs were filed by religious, political and health groups weighing in […]

Father Berrigan hailed as visionary who was ruled by faith at funeral Mass

Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, whose protests against government policies earned him multiple jail and prison sentences, was remembered as a “fierce, mischievous visionary,” a “Beatnik Jesuit friend,” a priest who “taught the sacrament of resistance,” and a loving uncle ruled by faith, not fear, during his funeral Mass. More than 800 people packed the Church […]

Commission head: Religious freedom worldwide has ‘spiraled downward’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The state of religious freedom worldwide saw more decline than improvement in the last year, said Robert George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Regrettably, things have not improved, and in some places, things have gotten worse,” said George, a Princeton University law professor and director of the university’s […]

Archdiocese urges Mexico to resolve case of students missing since 2014

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — An Archdiocese of Mexico City editorial called on the Mexican government to finally determine the fates of 43 missing students and said the often-questioned official investigation was unconvincing, demonstrated the worst shortcomings of the country’s judicial institutions and deepened social discontent in the country. “The Ayotzinapa case” — named for the […]