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Indiana Protects Religious Freedom, but Does Notre Dame Want the Protection?
3/30/2015
A new law recently passed in Indiana could serve as legal protection for the University of Notre Dame if it chooses to reverse its policy of providing employee benefits to same-sex spouses, but it remains unclear whether such a reversal will occur.


‘Right Thing to Do’: Sens. Cruz, Lankford Make Last-Ditch Effort to Protect D.C. Religious Schools
3/20/2015
With only three weeks remaining for Congress to overturn two Washington, D.C., laws that violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges—as well as other religious and pro-life organizations—Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma have done the “right thing” by introducing joint resolutions this week, said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Bob Laird.

The District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA) were signed into law by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in January, despite significant concerns by The Cardinal Newman Society, The Catholic University of America, the D.C. Catholic Conference, and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Several other D.C.-based organizations—both religious and pro-life—have called on Congress to protect their constitutional rights to religious practice and free speech.


Christian College Stands for Religious Freedom, Catholic College Retaliates by Cancelling Sports Matches
3/11/2015
Emmanuel College athletic director Pam Roeker formally severed ties with Gordon College after learning that the College’s president was among several religious leaders to sign a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a religious exemption, according to The Hub.


Congress Needs to Overturn Unconstitutional D.C. Laws, Say Heritage Foundation Scholars
3/10/2015
Congress has a responsibility to stop two unconstitutional bills due to their potential to severely impede religious freedom in the District of Columbia, Ryan Anderson and Sarah Torre contend in a recent issue brief from The Heritage Foundation.


Supreme Court Tells Lower Court to Reconsider Notre Dame HHS Mandate Case
3/9/2015
Momentum is on the side of religious organizations against the HHS mandate, Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is arguing, in light of the latest U.S. Supreme Court move directing a lower court to reconsider its ruling against the University of Notre Dame.


NLRB Rules against Seattle U., Claims Lack of Catholic Identity in Faculty Responsibilities
3/4/2015
The Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Seattle University cannot claim a religious exemption from the board’s oversight because no evidence was found that individual faculty members are responsible for furthering the University’s Catholic mission.


HHS Delaying Decision on Unconstitutional Abortion Mandate in California
3/4/2015
California’s coercive abortion mandate—which would force Catholic universities and other organizations to violate their beliefs and provide health coverage for elective abortions—is still under investigation, and some are criticizing the administration for taking too much time.


Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks
3/3/2015
This Lent gives Catholics a perfect opportunity to defend the faith, argued Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington in a recent post critiquing the double standard presented by two Washington, D.C., laws attacking the religious freedom of Catholic schools.


Bishops Designate Teachers as 'Ministers' To Strengthen Catholic Identity
2/23/2015
Catholic teachers serve an integral role in the formation of students at Catholic schools and should rightly be held to the standard of ministers, argued Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in a recent op-ed for the National Catholic Register.


Another Catholic College's Religious Freedom at Stake with NLRB Decision
2/13/2015
The case for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh was sent back down to a regional director this week following the NLRB’s creation of a new policy which seeks to determine whether individual faculty members at a Catholic college have a specifically religious function.


Exemption from HHS Mandate Reversed for Christian College, Catholic Dioceses
2/13/2015
A Christian college and two Catholic dioceses in western Pennsylvania are again under the yoke of the HHS mandate as a federal court reversed the injunctions previously granted to the institutions by lower courts.


Canadian Christian Law School Wins Crucial Religious Freedom Victory, But Opposition Remains
2/12/2015
The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia recently ruled that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society could not coerce an Christian educational institution to discard its religious principles. Despite the recent victory, the University faces more opposition to its policy in the months ahead.


CUA, Washington Archdiocese Join USCCB Urging Congress to Protect Religious Freedom
2/10/2015
The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington have joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in sending a letter to Congress asking legislators to disapprove two recently passed laws in Washington, D.C., that attack religious freedom.


Catholic Colleges Must Motivate Alumni to Stand for Religious Freedom
2/9/2015
Catholic colleges and universities should rally their alumni networks to defend religious freedom, argued David French, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.


‘Human Rights’ Include Religious Freedom
2/6/2015
The concept of human rights has been misused to silence traditional understandings of marriage and family. The most recent example of this misappropriation is the District of Columbia's attack on the religious freedom of religious schools and organizations, argues Kathryn Lopez.


Religious Freedom of Three Catholic Colleges Hangs in Balance with NLRB Decision
2/5/2015
Rather than exempting three Catholic colleges from its unjust oversight, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided Wednesday to send the colleges’ cases back down to regional directors.


Interview: Armstrong Amendment’s Author Says D.C. Will Lose Fight against Religious Educators
1/29/2015
Former U.S. Senator William Armstrong, who authored the 1989 “Armstrong Amendment”, told The Cardinal Newman Society that he expects D.C.’s repeal of the Amendment to be overturned by Congress or federal courts.


Court Date Set for EWTN HHS Mandate Hearing
1/29/2015
Oral arguments for EWTN's case against the HHS mandate will be heard on February 4, 2015, at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. EWTN is one of many organizations, including several Catholic colleges, with cases working their way through the courts.


Mayor Signs Coercive Bills Damaging Religious Freedom of D.C. Catholic Schools, Colleges
1/27/2015
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed into law two bills that will severely damage the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions and organizations in the nation’s capital.


Pope Francis Stresses Religious Freedom as ‘Fundamental Human Right’
1/14/2015
Pope Francis recently called for the genuine expression of religious freedom and fruitful worship of God, when speaking to the crowd gathered at the canonization Mass for Saint Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka.


Miami Archbishop Calls for Fidelity in Upholding Morality Clause
1/12/2015
Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami recently sent a letter to archdiocesan employees, including those involved in Catholic education, urging them to uphold Catholic identity.


Another Catholic College Falls to Federal Labor Board’s Unconstitutional Intrusion
1/7/2015
Saint Mary’s College of California appears to be the latest Catholic college to give in to the unconstitutional oversight of the National Labor Relations Board and its intrusion into the internal affairs of Catholic colleges.


Catholic Colleges Must Launch ‘Revolution of Love of God’ to Protect Religious Freedom
1/6/2015
While the continuing attacks on the religious freedom of Catholic institutions can be traced back to a failure by believers to witness to the Faith, students formed by faithful Catholic university education have an opportunity to turn things around, argues Kathryn Lopez.


D.C. Legislation Jeopardizing Religious Freedom Places Church ‘at a Crossroad’
1/6/2015
The unanimous approval of two bills jeopardizing the religious freedom of The Catholic University of America and Catholic institutions in D.C. has effectively placed the Church and its associated institutions “at a crossroad,” remarked Robert Laird, in a recent Crisis Magazine piece.


Blow to Diocese’s Religious Freedom Points to Need for Catholic School Teacher Formation
12/30/2014
In an assault on religious freedom, a federal grand jury recently decided in favor of a teacher who violated her contract’s morality clause. The decision indicates the need for Catholic schools to be more attentive to the hiring and formation of faithful teachers.


D.C. ‘Bullies’ Threaten Catholic Educators, Reilly Warns in Wall Street Journal
12/29/2014
In a Wall Street Journal column published on Saturday, Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly laments the Washington, D.C. Council’s vote to repeal an exemption to the D.C. Human Rights Act will leave Catholic schools and colleges powerless.


‘Huge Victory,’ ‘Opportunity’ for Religious Colleges in Labor Board’s Ruling
12/21/2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week abandoned its longstanding, unconstitutional practice of measuring how religious a college appears to be before exempting it from federal oversight, but opted instead for a new test that considers whether individual employees perform religious functions.


D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional
12/18/2014
Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor before the final vote.


Diocese to Defend Its Religious Freedom in Teacher Dismissal Case
12/15/2014
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, prompted by a lawsuit from a former Catholic school teacher whose contract was not renewed after the diocese discovered that she had violated its clear morality clause, is being required to stand for a jury trial this week.


D.C. Council Steamrolls Religious Freedom for Catholic Schools, Universities
12/11/2014
The Council of the District of Columbia has repealed an exemption to the D.C. Human Rights Act for Catholic schools and universities, despite warnings from Catholic education leaders of the dire consequences such a move would have for religious freedom in the nation’s capital.


Oral Arguments Heard in Case against HHS Mandate
12/9/2014
Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire of the Little Sisters of the Poor presented oral arguments before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case representing more than 400 Catholic organizations in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Saint Michael’s College Accepts Unconstitutional Oversight of Federal Labor Board
12/3/2014
The Catholic Church often looks favorably on collective bargaining by employees, but federal oversight can mean enforcement of union demands that compromise a college’s Catholic mission, such as immoral health benefits.


‘Fight Not Done’ over HHS Mandate, Says Thomas Aquinas College President
11/28/2014
Dr. Michael McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., recently spoke with host Molly Smith on her show "From the Median" about TAC's courtroom battle against the HHS mandate.


Professor Points to Recent Disparity between Freedoms for Clergy, Professors
11/20/2014
“Why should a clergyman enjoy less liberty than a professor?” questioned Anthony Esolen, professor of English at Providence College, in an article this week for Crisis Magazine.


Bishops Call on Congress to Protect Conscience Rights in Light of Cali. Abortion Mandate
11/20/2014
The California abortion mandate “has no exemption for religious or moral objections, and is being enforced against religious universities, schools and even churches,” two U.S. bishops warned Congress in a letter this week.


Court Rules against TAC, CUA Challenge to HHS Mandate
11/17/2014
“The ruling still puts Catholic University and similar institutions on a lower constitutional footing than houses of worship," Lawrence Morris, CUA general counsel, told The Cardinal Newman Society.


Pakistani Government Returns School to Archdiocese after 30 Years
11/13/2014
A Catholic high school has been returned to the Archdiocese of Lahore in Pakistan, following thirty years of government control.


Hobby Lobby ‘Not a Victory for Religious Freedom,’ Speaker Tells Students at Santa Clara
11/10/2014
Leslie Griffin, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently spoke to students at Santa Clara University arguing that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling limited women’s rights and was not a victory for religious freedom, The Santa Clara reported.


Oral Arguments Scheduled in Case against HHS Mandate
11/7/2014
On December 8, more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society, will have oral arguments against the HHS mandate heard before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, The Becket Fund reported.


True Academic Freedom Should Seek Truth, Not Conformity, Argues Biology Prof.
11/7/2014
Academic freedom is “a means to an end: the pursuit of knowledge and truth,” wrote Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology and faculty associate of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Policy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in his article at Public Discourse.


Ave Maria School of Law Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
10/31/2014
Ave Maria School of Law’s president stated in an email that the victory was noteworthy because “it allows us to continue to practice our faith without being forced to compromise our beliefs.”


New Mexico Court Rules ‘Students Can’t Be Barred’ Because of Faith
10/31/2014
A New Mexico textbook lending program serving students in both public and private schools was challenged on the grounds that it was potentially violating New Mexico’s Blaine Amendment, which forbids government aid to private or religiously affiliated schools.


Religious Freedom at Catholic Institutions May Be Threatened after D.C. Bills Pass First Vote
10/29/2014
Two controversial  bills passed their first reading and vote as part of the D.C. Council Consent Agenda on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The final passage of the bills may seriously violate the religious freedom of Catholic educational institutions in the city.



Ave Maria Wins Relief from HHS Mandate, President Towey Says Battle ‘Far from Over’
10/28/2014
The order from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida is the first "enjoining the government's latest attempt to coerce religious organizations via an 'augmented rule' that it issued last August," stated the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.


Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”


Some Catholic Colleges Have Provided Same-Sex Benefits for Several Years
10/17/2014
While Notre Dame is making the headlines for its apparently quick decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” many Catholic colleges have been providing same-sex benefits to varying degrees for years, with some policies in force for almost a decade.


Bishop Reminds Notre Dame: Catholic Teaching on Marriage Is More than a View
10/16/2014
After Notre Dame’s decision to provide employee benefits to “same-sex spouses,” Bishop Kevin Rhoades published comments concerning the decision, including a reminder for the University that Catholic teaching on marriage is more than just a single viewpoint.


Newman Society, Catholic Leaders Fight Repeal of Religious Protections in Nation’s Capital
10/10/2014
The Newman Society joined Catholic University and the D.C. Catholic Conference in warning the D.C. Council that a proposal to repeal religious protections would violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges.


Wyoming Catholic President Weighs Religious Freedom Concerns in Light of High Court ‘Indecision’ on Marriage
10/9/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to review petitions from lower courts effectively upheld and legalized same-sex unions in 11 states. Wyoming Catholic College President Dr. Kevin Roberts commented on the high court’s “indecision and inaction."


HHS Mandate Accommodation Still Presents Substantial Burden, U.S. Bishops Say
10/9/2014
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officially submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite the “accommodations” made, the HHS mandate remains a substantial burden on religious freedom, according to the USCCB.


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