A positive sign?

Supreme Court puts off decision on whether to hear appeal of California's pro-life pregnancy centers over state requirement they refer for and advertise abortion services

Will California’s 200 pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics be forced by the state to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions on their own dime? The answer will have to wait until at least Sept. 25, after the U.S. Supreme Court held off on taking a statewide challenge in Thursday’s round of petition reviews. Leaders throughout the state say they’re optimistic about their … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty

In 7-2 decision, justices say Missouri can't discriminate against religious pre-school in playground resurfacing program

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a clear win for religious liberty, ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church against the state of Missouri.   The 7-2 decision is a victory against state-sponsored discrimination. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said, “The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it otherwise qualified solely … [Read more...]

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Gorsuch on abortion, religion and reproductive rights

How President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court might vote on laws restricting abortion remains unclear

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing the basic right to an abortion. Whatever views Judge Neil Gorsuch may hold on the issue of abortion, they are unlikely to have an immediate impact on the court and Roe: Last term Justice Anthony … [Read more...]

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A Catholic perspective on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Likely to align with the Church’s positions on many matters, but may create possible heartburn on others

Anyone familiar with Catholic social teaching knows it’s often not a good fit for the left v. right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder of the point on Tuesday night with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch, an Episcopalian, as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Considered a reliable conservative on most issues, Gorsuch seems … [Read more...]

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Pharmacists thrown under the pro-abortion bus by Supreme Court

Strong dissent written by Justice Alito

The following comes from a June 28 Reuters story. A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal by a family-owned pharmacy that cited Christian beliefs in objecting to providing emergency contraceptives to women under a Washington state rule, prompting a searing dissent by conservative Justice Samuel Alito. The justices left in place a July 2015 ruling by … [Read more...]

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Scalia’s death and Thomas Aquinas College

College leaders worry change to high court could affect their chances on pending case

The following comes from a February 16 Ventura County Star article by Tom Kisken: As Michael McLean rehashed for the umpteenth time blurred scenarios created by Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death Saturday, one thing was clear. Leaders of Thomas Aquinas College near Santa Paula were depending on Scalia's vote in their Supreme Court battle involving birth control and … [Read more...]

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EWTN loses in appeals court

Network disappointed but hopeful after latest HHS mandate ruling

The following comes from a February 18 Catholic News Agency article: In a 2-1 decision delivered February 18, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in its challenge to the federal contraception mandate. “We are disappointed in the Court’s refusal to protect our religious freedom,” EWTN chairman and CEO Michael … [Read more...]

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