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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.


Pro-Abortion Rights Howard Dean to Keynote Event at Benedictine University in Illinois
4/15/2014
Benedictine University in Illinois will host former presidential candidate and past Vermont governor Howard Dean as its keynote speaker at an event discussing politics and Obamacare.


Notre Dame Alumni: Fr. Jenkins Comments on HHS Mandate ‘Startling’
4/14/2014
Fr. Jenkins said, according to The Irish Rover, “We feel this is an infringement on religious freedom, but we have a variety of factors to consider, like legitimate government authority.”


Pope Francis Defends Parents’ Right to Decide ‘Moral and Religious’ Education for Children
4/14/2014
“And in this regard I would like to express my rejection of any kind of educational experimentation with children. We cannot experiment with children and young people,” the Holy Father reportedly said.


Female Student in ‘Gender Change’ Files Title IX to Compel College to Grant Housing in Male Dorm
4/11/2014
The student reportedly filed a complaint with the Department of Education alleging that George Fox University in Oregon is violating Title IX by refusing her request.


Notre Dame Petitions Court for Rehearing in HHS Mandate Case
4/9/2014
The petition filed by the University argues that Notre Dame seeks to provide health coverage to its employees “in a manner consistent with its Catholic beliefs.” 


Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
4/3/2014
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.


The Suppression of Christian Speech on American Campuses: Dr. Ken Howell’s Story
4/3/2014
“The underlying message of secularism vs. religion is a real issue on campus,” Dr. Howell told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview on March 31—and he would know.


Wyoming Catholic College Gets Temporary Stay after Complaint against HHS Mandate
4/2/2014
WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.”


Activists Attack Parents Protesting ‘Sexual Diversity’ Curriculum in Germany
4/1/2014
A new report from a group studying anti-Christian activity in Europe states that activists in Germany cursed and threw feces at parents who protested the new “sexual diversity” curriculum in schools.


Supreme Court Denies Early Review of Some Lawsuits against HHS Mandate
4/1/2014
The cases will continue in the Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit and the option of either the plaintiffs or defendants appealing the federal court’s decision is still available.


Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming Catholic College Request Injunction from HHS Mandate
3/31/2014
This motion is in addition to the lawsuit filed by the institutions earlier this year.


Newman Society, Catholic Colleges Challenge Federal Labor Board in Possible Landmark Case
3/28/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society, joined by several faithful Catholic colleges, today made a strong plea to the National Labor Relations Board, urging it to abide by the U.S. Constitution and stop interfering with religious education.


Georgia Catholic Non-Profits Not Subject to HHS Mandate, Judge Says
3/28/2014
In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Duffey reportedly ruled that the Obama administration is not permitted to enforce the mandate as it would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.


Dr. Robert George to Keynote Franciscan University Religious Freedom Conference
3/26/2014
“In his talk, George will defend religious freedom as a robust right that belongs to communities of faith and their institutions as well as to individuals.”


Catholic Univ. of America Professors Release ‘Catechism for Business’
3/26/2014
“The social teaching of the Church is based on reason and the natural law, and therefore can be helpful to everyone, not just Catholics,” said Andrew Abela in a recent interview.


Ave Maria President Offers Commentary on Supreme Court HHS Mandate Case
3/26/2014
“Their debate will provide insights into what might ultimately happen with our lawsuit (that has been stayed pending the high court’s ruling),” said Ave Maria University President Jim Towey.


Fairfield U. to Host Sr. Campbell for Lecture, Cites Role as ‘Advocate for Change’ in Church
3/25/2014
Fairfield University is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program on campus by hosting a lecture by "Nuns on the Bus" activist Sr. Simone Campbell.


Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case
3/25/2014
The Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, with implications for Catholic colleges and religious freedom.


Nuns’ Coalition Voices Support for HHS Mandate, Criticizes Those in Opposition
3/18/2014
The letter states that the group is “dismayed that the Little Sisters of the Poor-Colorado, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic organizations are challenging the Affordable Care Act.”


Catholic Benefits Association Files Lawsuit against HHS Mandate
3/14/2014
The class action lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, seeks immediate injunctive relief from the mandate while the suit progresses through the court.


Catholic High School Opposes Quebec Mandate Prohibiting Catholic Perspective in Class
3/14/2014
Loyola principal Paul Donovan reportedly said that under the rules a Catholic teacher is not allowed to answer a student’s question "about a Catholic perspective during the course."


Loyola Marymount U. Adjuncts Withdraw Unionization Petition
3/13/2014
Adjunct professors at Loyola Marymount University announced that they’ve chosen to withdraw their petition for a union election from the National Labor Relations Board, Inside Higher Ed reported.


Ukrainian Priest Speaks on ‘Birth of Civil Society’ at Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
3/6/2014
Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk discussed the troubles in Ukraine and how the country is undergoing a “revolution of dignity.”


Univ. of St. Thomas Hosting Annual Lenten Lecture Series
3/6/2014
“Religious Freedom, Freedom of Conscience: The Coming Perfect Storm” is the title of one lecture slated to be given by UST professor and Scanlan Foundation Endowed Chair in theology, Dr. Randall Smith.


Restrictive IRS Proposal Opposed by Higher Ed Groups
3/5/2014
The new proposal would “fundamentally damage the role that colleges and universities have played for hundreds of years,” according to a joint letter.


Cardinal Wuerl, Catholic U. Prof. Urge President Obama to Defend Religious Freedom
3/4/2014
"As you promote religious freedom abroad, please also give attention to preserving the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans here at home,” the letter stated.


First Amendment Freedoms Threatened by IRS Proposal, Say Newman Society, Religious Groups
2/28/2014
The proposal would “create very serious constitutional burdens on the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech” of Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofits.


Fr. Schall on the Troubling Transformation of Religious Freedom
2/25/2014
Fr. Schall, S.J., who taught political philosophy at Georgetown University for decades until recently retiring, wrote that the secular state’s efforts to narrow the definition of religious freedom must be thwarted.


Federal Appellate Court Denies Injunctive Relief, Questions Remedy Desired by Notre Dame
2/24/2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in a 2-1 decision on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling and rejected the relief desired by the Catholic university.


Professor Argues for ‘More than Grudging Tolerance’ of Morality
2/24/2014
Professor Sisk of the University of St. Thomas School of Law recently challenged the prevailing view in academic circles of contraception as a “positive social good” and made a plea for tolerance for those who disagree.


Resisting Unionization, Seattle U. Fears NLRB Oversight Could Infringe on Catholic Identity
2/24/2014
A group of adjunct faculty members at Seattle University recently filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board with the intent of forming a union with Service Employees International Union Local 925.


Group Counters Ten Myths about Faith-Based Schools
2/14/2014
A new report was released by the American Center for School Choice, whose mission, according to its website, is to “expand public support for families to choose the schools they believe will best serve their children.”


Obama Administration Court Defends HHS Mandate, Cites Compliance at Notre Dame
2/10/2014
The Obama administration has responded to the University of Notre Dame’s request for injunctive relief from the HHS mandate, according to Life News.


Benedictine Coll. Social Justice Week Focuses on Poverty, Religious Freedom, Pro-Life Issues
2/5/2014
Participating student groups include the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, the Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life and the Knights of Columbus.


Alumni Want Notre Dame to ‘Disavow’ Cooperation with HHS Mandate
2/5/2014
The Sycamore Trust is calling on the University to explain or disavow the actions of its Human Resources Department which voluntarily participated in providing contraceptives and abortifacient benefits to employees.


Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Seeking Relief from HHS Mandate
1/31/2014
WCC President: "The history of both the Church and the Republic is filled with people who stood in the face of injustice, laboring humbly but diligently toward its end. And so shall we..."


Thomas Aquinas College's Injunction from HHS Mandate Appealed by Government
1/28/2014
"We remain confident in our case and we are disappointed that the government has stated its intention to appeal Judge Jackson’s ruling and thereby continue to contest our religious freedom rights."


Supreme Court Temporarily Halts HHS Mandate for Many Catholic Organizations
1/27/2014
The Court on Friday barred the Obama administration from enforcing the HHS contraceptive mandate against Christian Brothers Services—which includes The Cardinal Newman Society among its many Catholic clients.


Marygrove College Adds Muslim Prayer Room to Campus
1/20/2014
In its press release, the University states that the interfaith prayer room “flows out of the rich traditions of our founders and sponsors, the IHM Sisters – a rich respect and acceptance of all.” 


Nameless Notre Dame Students to Intervene in Lawsuit on HHS Mandate
1/17/2014
The motion brought by the students—known as Jane Doe 1, 2, and 3—argues that Notre Dame should be forced to provide insurance coverage of abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilization procedures in its student health plan.


Florida Catholic School Granted Exemption from HHS Mandate
1/16/2014
A federal district judge in Michigan earlier this week granted injunctive relief from the HHS mandate to a Catholic school in Florida and four other nonprofit organizations founded by Catholic philanthropist Tom Monaghan.


Obama Administration’s Position on HHS Mandate “Unproductive,” Says USA Today
1/15/2014
The Obama administration should grant a more expansive religious exemption to the HHS mandate, so says the editorial board of USA Today.


Scotland Weighs Forcing Catholic Schools to Teach Same-Sex Marriage, Contraception
1/14/2014
A government spokesperson reportedly said, “Denominational schools, like any other local authority schools, are subject to inspection by Education Scotland on the quality of their learning and teaching.”


Supreme Court to Hear HHS Mandate Cases in March
1/13/2014
While the Supreme Court’s hearing will have obvious ramifications for the religious liberty of Catholic educators, the cases being heard by the Court were filed by two for-profit companies.


Americans United Tries to Intervene in Notre Dame Lawsuit Opposing HHS Mandate
1/10/2014
Americans United claims to be intervening on behalf of three nameless Notre Dame students who want their health-care plan to include contraceptives.


Common Core May Endanger Religious Freedom of Catholic Schools
1/9/2014
In the report, two legal experts on religious freedom issues explain that Catholic schools must “maintain their religious mission in all their programs... if they want to avoid” government threats to their Catholic identity. 


Common Core’s ‘National Standard’ Threatens Autonomy, Religious Freedom, Says Education Policy Expert
1/6/2014
Faith-based schools are threatened by the national scope of the Common Core State Standards, which “will negatively affect the autonomy of these schools, chipping away at the religious freedom enjoyed by faith-based schools.” 


Obama Administration Responds to Justice Sotomayor, Catholic Health Plan on HHS Mandate
1/3/2014
The Obama Administration responded this morning to Justice Sotomayor's order temporarily blocking enforcement of the HHS mandate for the Christian Brothers Services and its client the Little Sisters of the Poor, according to NBC News.


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