Law & Court

Catholic priest is sentenced to time served after 2018 break-in at nuclear naval base

By Yonat Shimron — October 15, 2020

(RNS) — A U.S. District Court judge sentenced the Rev. Stephen Kelly to 33 months in jail and three years’ probation, plus restitution fees for trespassing onto the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday, was shaped by her minority faith

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of her Supreme Court chamber: ‘Justice, justice you shall pursue.’

Trial of Catholic lay leader highlights gaps in church’s sex abuse oversight

By Claire Giangravé — September 16, 2020

CATANIA, Italy (RNS) — Since the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis began, lay associations have been the Achilles’ heel of its efforts to protect children.

John MacArthur’s COVID-disbelieving church loses round 1

By Mark Silk — September 14, 2020

(RNS) — More interesting than the open-and-shut legal case, however, is MacArthur’s own position in the evangelical world and his stance on church-state issues.

The war over in-person church continues

By Mark Silk — July 28, 2020

(RNS) — In the court’s latest church reopening case, the culture warriors suffer a setback.

Teachers at religious schools fear Supreme Court took away their civil rights

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2020

(RNS) — This month’s Supreme Court ruling established that any religious school teacher who performs a religious function is beyond the reach of civil rights protections accorded to other workers.

Religious exceptionalism gains ground at the Supreme Court

By Mark Silk — July 9, 2020

(RNS) — But significant questions remain.

Supreme Court broadens scope of ministerial exception

By Yonat Shimron — July 8, 2020

(RNS) — The ruling allows religious schools to include lay teachers as among those subject to an exemption from civil rights laws that give workers the ability to sue for sexual harassment, overtime pay, equal pay and a myriad of other protections.

The Supreme Court expands the scope of religious free exercise

By Mark Silk — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — And Clarence Thomas gets some company.

Religious conservatives look to the next Supreme Court rulings on religious liberty

By Yonat Shimron — June 17, 2020

(RNS) — They hope to carve out significant wins in a series of cases, including ones dealing with the ministerial exception, abortion and public funding for religious schools.

Measuring the religious significance of the Supreme Court’s LGBT decision

By Mark Silk — June 15, 2020

(RNS) — Dashing the hopes of social conservatives, two justices President Trump nominated to the Court took a relaxed view of the religious implications of expanding LGBTQ rights.

Judge sentences 80-year-old Catholic activist for breaking into nuclear submarine base

By Yonat Shimron — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — Elizabeth McAlister, a former nun, was sentenced to time already served after she and six other Catholic activists broke into a Navy submarine base in 2018 as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action.

Justice Roberts swings away from unfettered religious liberty on church openings

By Mark Silk — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — Kavanaugh’s dissent, on the other hand, is a good example of the spiritual libertarianism rampant on the right.

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