Church-State Relations

Ken Starr on Religious Liberty: ‘The Next Crisis Is Coming’

In light of what Starr describes as the “steady erosion of our nation’s commitment to first freedoms,” what can religious Americans do? Starr offers three important suggestions. By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, National catholic Register, April 12, 2021 Ken Starr has written a new book, and... read more

Corporate critics of Georgia election law incorporated in Delaware, which has strict voting rules

State requires excuses for absentee voting, makes voters request absentee application. By Daniel Payne, Just the News, April 14, 2021 Numerous major corporate critics of Georgia's new election reform law are themselves incorporated in the business-friendly state of Delaware,... read more

California Lifts Capacity Limits on Religious Gatherings Following Supreme Court Ruling

The court majority noted in an unsigned order that the state’s “three households” rule did not apply as strictly to secular indoor gatherings, such as indoor shopping or businesses such as nail salons, as it did to private religious gatherings at homes. CNA, Naional Catholic Register,... read more

FDA Lifts Restriction on Remote Prescriptions of Abortion Drugs

Biden admin uses COVID to lift federal prohibition on telemedicine abortions Graham Piro, Washington Free Beacon, April 13, 2021 The Biden administration cited the coronavirus pandemic to give the green light to at-home, self-administered abortions on Monday. The FDA said it will allow... read more

GOP Lawmakers Aim to Force Vote on Bill to ‘End Infanticide’

By Virginia Allen, Daily Signal, April 13, 2021 Three Republican members of Congress are taking action to force a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would require a baby born alive after an attempted abortion to receive the same level of medical care as a... read more

High Court Halts Calif. Virus Rules Limiting Home Worship

Newsmax, April 10, 2021 The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings. The order from the court late Friday [listed HERE, under "Recent Decisions," at... read more

Paris archbishop opens canonical proceedings against parish over maskless Masses

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, April 8, 2021 The archbishop of Paris announced canonical proceedings Wednesday against a parish priest for reportedly refusing to follow coronavirus health measures at the Easter Vigil. A statement from the Archdiocese of Paris on April 7... read more

New Mexico legalizes assisted suicide

Epoch Times, April 9, 2021 New Mexico’s governor on Thursday signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide in the state. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed the “Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act,” named for a late state district court judge who died of cancer in 2018, and... read more

Pro-life Democrats rally in support of Hyde Amendment

Catholic News Agency, April 9, 2021 At a Friday event in support of the Hyde Amendment in Washington, D.C., members of the group Democrats for Life of America called on their party to oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which was named for the late Republican congressman... read more

European Catholics fear erosion of religious freedoms across continent

by Jonathan Luxmoore, National Catholic Reporter, April 6, 2021 20210322T1115-EUROPE-CHURCHES-FREEDOM-1167921 crop.jpgA woman prays alongside a barrier inside the Cologne Cathedral in Germany March 15, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS/Reuters/Thilo Schmuelgen)A woman prays alongside a... read more

White House: Pope Francis Has Said There’s a ‘Moral Obligation’ to Get Vaccinated

President Biden called the effort to provide vaccinations “an example of America at its finest,” and added that “they're all meeting what Pope Francis calls the moral obligation, get vaccinated, something which he went on to say can save your life and the lives of others.” By Matt... read more