Posts Tagged ‘US Supreme Court’

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

US Supreme Court backs Christian firms over contraception

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that some businesses can’t be forced to pay for employee health insurance that includes contraception. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that two businesses have protection on religious grounds against a Government mandate requiring coverage of contraceptive services in employee health plans. The contraception mandate is included Read more

Gay marriage gets OK from US Supreme Court

Friday, June 28th, 2013

On what Catholic bishops called a “tragic day for marriage and our nation”, the United States Supreme Court has issued two major rulings in support of same-sex marriage. The court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and refused to rule Read more

This generation can turn the marriage problem around

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Marriage has been under assault for at least 40 years, but according to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the younger generation can turn the tide — by getting married and staying married. Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco is the chairman of the US bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. As the Supreme Court on Read more

US Supreme Court and same-sex marriage debate

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The United States Supreme Court has a history of playing a pivotal role in emotive cultural debates including, for example, abortion (Roe v Wade), racial segregation (Brown v Board of Education) and the death penalty (Roper v Simmons). Marriage equality will now join this list. In a much anticipated move, the US Supreme Court announced Read more

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The United States Supreme Court has decided to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage — a decision the US Catholic Bishops Conference sees as “a significant moment for our nation”. The court’s ruling, which could have ramifications for marriage laws across the country, is not expected until next June. The court has chosen to Read more