Posts Tagged ‘US Supreme Court’

US bishops ask Supreme Court to uphold gun ban on domestic abusers

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

US bishops have urged the Supreme Court to uphold a federal law restricting access to firearms in domestic abuse cases. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has submitted an amicus brief in a pending Supreme Court case on a law that allows people under domestic restraining orders to be banned from carrying firearms. “As the Read more

COVID-19 lockdown measures an “intrusion on civil liberties”

Thursday, May 25th, 2023
COVID-19 lockdown measures

A US Supreme Court Justice has strongly criticised COVID-19 lockdown measures, labelling them as potentially “the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country.” Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (pictured), in a rare personal statement released on 18th May, expressed his concerns regarding the extension of Title 42 restrictions on immigration, Read more

Co-workers could bear costs of accommodating religious employees in the workplace

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

The US Supreme Court may soon transform the role of faith in the workplace, which could have the effect of elevating the rights of religious workers at the expense of co-workers. On April 18, 2023, the court heard oral arguments in Groff v DeJoy, a case addressing an employer’s obligation to accommodate religious employees’ requests Read more

Permanent ban means pro-choice group is back on TicTok

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Days after experiencing a “permanent ban” on TikTok, pro-choice activist group Ruth Sent Us was back on the platform. The group is advocating for demonstrations in front of Supreme Court justices’ homes. Their account was restored with no notice or explanation, a Ruth Sent Us spokesperson says. The group has been organising demonstrations following indications Read more

Biden promises ‘whole-of-government’ effort to maintain abortion in Texas

Monday, September 6th, 2021
abortion in Texas

President Joe Biden has announced a “whole-of-government” response to “ensure” abortion access in Texas, after the state’s pro-life law went into effect on Wednesday. As a result of this move, Biden’s stance on the beginning of life is being questioned. Recently President Biden is reported to have said that he does not believe life begins Read more

Teaching maths, history and economics is ministry in a Catholic school

Monday, July 13th, 2020

The question of religious schools’ right to hire and fire teachers has been decided by the US Supreme Court. The Court found in favor of two Catholic schools in California, ruling that a “ministerial exception” to government interference applies to teachers in religious schools. The justices ruled in a 7-2 decision that teachers at Catholic Read more

US States cannot ban public funding for religious schools

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states violate the Constitution if they prevent religious schools from receiving some state benefits that are available to other schools. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 ruling, which further lowered the wall of separation between the church and the state and will likely affect laws and constitutional decisions Read more

Little Sisters appeal to US Supreme Court over mandate

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Little Sisters of the Poor have appealed to the US Supreme Court for relief from compliance with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Earlier this month, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Little Sisters and other religious entities seeking relief from having to facilitate contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance. Churches and Read more

Church risks alienating generations over same-sex marriage

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The Church risks alienating two generations of believers if it has a defensive and strident reaction to the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. That was the warning issued by researcher Kaya Oakes after an historic 5-4 US Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the nation. The ruling’s interpretation of the Read more