• Barrett hearings day 4: Witnesses praise judge’s ‘outstanding competence’

    A former student and clerk of Amy Coney Barrett praised the judge’s character on Thursday, during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s last day of hearings on her nomination to the Supreme Court.  In addition to witnesses in favor of Barrett’s character and competence, some members of... Read more
  • Amy Coney Barrett Praised on Day 3 of Hearings: Pro-Life, No Apologies, No Partiality

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsay Graham hailed Judge Amy Coney Barrett for her convictions and religious beliefs Wednesday morning, while emphasising her ability to be an impartial judge. Graham spoke at the opening of the third day of Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the... Read more
  • What I Learned from Amy Coney Barrett

    Over the past week, scores of articles have been published on various aspects of Amy Coney Barrett’s character—her fitness as a judicial nominee, her acumen as a scholar, and her unapologetic commitment to the Catholic faith. But long before I had reason to consider any of these qualities,... Read more
  • Amy Coney Barrett Hearings Day 1: Healthcare and Anti-Catholicism

    As Senate Democrats on Monday focused on how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett could rule on the Affordable Care Act, some comments drew criticism for apparent anti-Catholic bigotry. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday held the first in a series of hearings to consider the... Read more
  • Previewing the Supreme Court’s Landscape Ahead of Confirmation Battle

    Ahead of the ferocious confirmation battle that awaits Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court’s next term begins in October with a docket that includes oral arguments for a significant religious liberty case. One of the most... Read more
  • Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

    A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail. The law was passed by Queensland Parliament Sept. 8. It had support from both major parties and was opposed by the Catholic Church. One... Read more
  • Double standards for gatherings in San Francisco a source of growing frustration

    Earlier this week, the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, released a statement calling on the city’s Mayor London Breed; Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax; and San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon to “ease unfair restrictions on public... Read more
  • Federal court rules Arkansas abortion restrictions can take effect

     A federal court of appeals has removed an injunction blocking four Arkansas abortion regulations from going into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday to reinstate the 2017 Arkansas laws. They can take effect August 28, although they may still face... Read more
  • Supreme Court rules religious schools shielded from teachers’ employment discrimination claims

    The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision on Wednesday that civil courts cannot get involved in employment discrimination claims brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function. The decision expanded on a previous ruling from 2012... Read more
  • Little Sisters have big win in Supreme Court decision

    The Little Sisters of the Poor had a victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, nine years into the religious order’s bouts of litigation over the Obama-era “contraception mandate” which obliged employers to provide for contraceptive coverage for employees through their health care... Read more