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Loyola Marymount Employees File Complaint against California Abortion Mandate
9/12/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) filed a complaint on Friday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of seven Loyola Marymount University employees.


Obama Admin Targets More than 400 Catholic Organizations for HHS Mandate
9/11/2014
The Obama administration’s indication that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


California Bishops ‘Distressed’ by Abortion Mandate, Planning Response
9/8/2014
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told The Cardinal Newman Society that California’s bishops are “surprised and distressed” by the California Department of Managed Healthcare’s (DMHC) decision and a response is being planned.


Ontario Catholic Schools Defend Right to Teach Faith to Students
9/8/2014
Catholic school leaders in Ontario are defending their right to require students to take religious courses and have them participate in religious activities.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


Calif. Covers Only ‘Medically Necessary’ Abortions for State Employees, but Forces Catholics to Cover Elective Abortions
9/3/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society has discovered that California’s own health plans for state employees cover only “medically necessary” abortions, even though Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has called such language “discriminatory.”


Lawsuit Seeks Free Speech for Pro-Life Students at University of South Alabama
9/3/2014
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students against the University of South Alabama (USA) for restricting the students’ rights to free speech and expression, according to Life News.


Newman Society Releases Statement on New HHS Mandate Accommodation
8/28/2014
The following official statement was released this week by The Cardinal Newman Society in response to the changes to the HHS mandate accommodation announced on Friday, August 22.


Catholic Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses
8/27/2014
When facing new cultural challenges like “transgender” students at Catholic schools, educators must remember that “values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are,” writes clinical psychologist Dr. Frank Moncher in an analysis published recently.


Newman Society, Legal Groups Warn California Violating Federal Law with Mandatory Abortion Coverage
8/22/2014
The Newman Society joined with two legal groups in a letter notifying a California department that the state may lose federal funds because it is forcing two Catholic universities to cover abortion in insurance plans.


Obama Admin Releases New Rules for HHS Mandate Accommodation Process
8/22/2014
"Rather than hoping against hope for an all-encompassing accommodation from the mandate, Catholic educators and all nonprofits will be better served by a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom," said Newman Society president Patrick J. Reilly.


California Forces Catholic Universities to Provide Abortion Coverage, Could Lose Federal Funding
8/22/2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced today that it will force Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University—as well as any other religious nonprofit or business—to violate their deeply held beliefs and provide employees insurance coverage for elective abortion.


Christian College Secures Victory over HHS Mandate
8/20/2014
Last week, a federal court ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its suit against the HHS mandate ... The decision ruled that the mandate violated the college’s religious freedom.


Analysis: Pro-Abortion Rights Bias in SF Chronicle Coverage of Catholic Universities
8/20/2014
Get Religion recently published an analysis of the bias in a recent San Francisco Chronicle story—surrounding the decisions of two California Catholic universities to limit abortion coverage for employees—which gives precedence to sources with pro-abortion rights views.


Changes to HHS Mandate ‘Accommodation Process’ Coming, Says Obama Admin.
7/23/2014
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's order granting a Christian college temporary relief from the HHS mandate, the Obama administration is promising to "augment" the mandate's "accommodation process" within the next month.


New Executive Order Discriminates on Basis of Religious Beliefs, U.S. Bishops Say
7/22/2014
Two chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement lamenting the discrimination against those with religious beliefs found in President Obama's executive order which failed to include religious freedom protections.


Religious Freedom Upheld for Christian Universities after Complaints from Transgender Students
7/16/2014
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, two recent decisions involving Christian universities and transgender students have ensured that religious freedom continues to be a prominent national issue.


Use Religious Freedom to Evangelize the Culture, Argues Bishop Conley
7/15/2014
In an article about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese sounded a call for the importance of evangelization in the face of aggressive secularization.


Catholic School Faces Legal Action from Former Teacher Planning Same-Sex Marriage
7/11/2014
A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that "he plans to marry a man," National Public Radio reports.


Backlash Continues against College after Plea for Religious Exemption
7/11/2014
An accrediting agency has decided to review Gordon College after its president signed a letter to President Obama asking for religious freedom protections to be included in a looming executive order.


Mayor Ends Contract with Christian College after President Stands for Religious Freedom
7/11/2014
Just days after the president of Gordon College signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to include religious freedom protections in an upcoming executive order the mayor of Salem, Mass., terminated a contract with the College which had allowed it to use the city’s town hall.


Include Religious Exemption in Looming Executive Order, Religious Leaders Urge President
7/9/2014
A number of religious leaders and academics are urging President Barack Obama to include religious freedom protections in an upcoming executive order which would essentially ban any discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.


Supreme Court Action Protects Religious College
7/4/2014
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a temporary injunction against enforcement of the HHS mandate for the evangelical Christian Wheaton College, despite the Obama administration’s arguments that its “accommodation” to the HHS mandate does not place a substantial burden on the college’s religious freedom.


Happy Independence Week for Catholic Educators, Religious Freedom
7/3/2014
In addition to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday subsequent federal rulings may hold far-reaching, positive consequences for Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofit organizations.


Hobby Lobby Ruling Supports Challenge to HHS Mandate, Says Thomas Aquinas College
7/2/2014
President Dr. Michael McLean announced in a statement that the College has submitted a letter in a federal court arguing that the recent verdict supports the College's challenge to the HHS mandate.


Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Win Relief from HHS Mandate
7/2/2014
Now, reports the Becket Fund, the plaintiffs "join the 80%+of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in favorable rulings supporting religious freedom."


Catholic University of America Profs Win Pro-Life Victories at Supreme Court
7/1/2014
In recent weeks, law professors at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law have played major roles in three victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.


Belmont Abbey College: Supreme Court Ruling on HHS Mandate a ‘Meaningful Victory’
7/1/2014
President Thierfelder said, “With the continuing help of the Becket Fund, we are inspired to fight on and we are confident that the resolution of our case will further help to ensure religious freedom for all.”


Cheered by Ruling on HHS Mandate, Catholic Educators Await Their Day in Court
6/30/2014
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that theowners of Hobby Lobby stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not required tocomply with the HHS mandate because of the owners’ religious beliefs.


Judge Rules against EWTN’s Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate
6/18/2014
“The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date,” said Eternal Word Television Network CEO Michael Warsaw.


Court Removes Relief from HHS Mandate Granted to Aquinas College, Other Plaintiffs
6/18/2014
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed itself by withdrawing the temporary injunction from the HHS mandate granted last January to Aquinas College.


U.S. Bishops Call for Prayer, Education, Action in Fortnight for Freedom
6/17/2014
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”


Notre Dame Could Be ‘Only Catholic Litigant’ Held to HHS Mandate, Warns Alumnus
6/16/2014
The chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni committed to strengthening its Catholic identity, wrote a letter arguing that the University should remove a recently appointed board member who supports the HHS mandate.


Media Research Center Case against HHS Mandate Awaits Decision
6/11/2014
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reportedly said he would examine the case further and “would issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.”


Federal Court Exempts Hundreds of Catholic Employers from HHS Mandate
6/10/2014
A federal court has decided that a recently formed coalition called The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 450 employers and 19,000 employees, is exempt from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.


Seattle U. Appeals NLRB Claim That It Is Not Religious Enough, Faculty Votes Impounded
6/6/2014
Although the NLRB continued its infringement on religious freedom last month and declared that Seattle University is not religious enough to be exempt from the labor board’s oversight, the University appealed the decision.


Ken Starr: We Must be Vigilant to Defend Our Heritage of Religious Freedom
6/5/2014
Baylor University President Ken Starr wrote a piece on the history of religious freedom in the U.S. and  urged vigilance in protecting it at the blog of the Religious Freedom Project.


Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic School File Suit over HHS Mandate
5/28/2014
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt reportedly called the HHS Mandate a “direct affront to our religious freedoms.”


Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
5/27/2014
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.


Federal Court Halts Enforcement of HHS Mandate for Two Christian Colleges
5/23/2014
The lawsuit reportedly argued that “the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”


Cheyenne Diocese, Wyoming Catholic College Denied Injunctive Relief from HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.


Media Research Center Files Unique Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, MRC is the first organization to affirm its "self-certification" as an exempt organization based upon its Judeo-Christian beliefs.


Law Students Get Experience Defending Religious Freedom at Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.)
5/9/2014
Professor Thomas Berg created a Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic offering several law students each year the opportunity to draft briefs in important religious freedom cases.


Helen Alvaré to Deliver Commencement Address at Benedictine College
5/8/2014
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., announced that it will host Vatican consultor and George Mason University law school professor Helen Alvaré as its commencement speaker.


Federal Labor Board Asserts: Seattle University Not Religious Enough
5/8/2014
The National Labor Relations Board has asserted itself as arbiter over whether or not a college—this time, Seattle University—is religious enough to qualify for an exemption from the board’s oversight.


Franciscan Univ. Conference Examined State of Religious Freedom in U.S.
4/29/2014
University President Fr. Sean Sheridan was on a panel discussion at the conference and he addressed the HHS mandate, which the University is currently excused from complying with because of a grandfather clause.


FOCUS Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/25/2014
FOCUS, a non-profit Catholic organization which employs more than 400 people, is a campus-based outreach program that brings Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to students at colleges and universities.


James Dobson’s Ministry Granted Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/22/2014
In a decision with implications for religious freedom advocates, a U.S. District Judge has issued an injunction preventing the federal government from imposing the HHS mandate on Dobson's radio ministry.


ACLU Supports HHS Mandate against Wyoming Catholic Groups
4/16/2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to insert itself on the side of the government and against the Catholic organizations in Wyoming, including Wyoming Catholic College, that are resisting the HHS mandate.


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