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 […]

Supreme Court seeks details on alternative contraceptive coverage

Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement, the court released an order requesting that additional briefs be submitted showing if and how contraceptive insurance coverage could be obtained by employees through their insurance companies without directly involving the religious employers objecting to this coverage. […]

Bishop says he believes Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen is still alive

The bishop who leads the apostolic vicariate that includes Yemen said he has “strong indications” that Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil “is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers.” Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, told Catholic News Service March 28, “I have no confirmation that anything happened Good Friday” […]