Law & Court
Religion News Service covers breaking news stories and events relating to the legal system.
In the direction of accommodation, but it's hard to say how far.
(RNS) — Understanding the grand jury report properly will mean following the timeline. By the ’90s, the number of alleged abuses nationally had returned to the levels of the 1950s. Did Pennsylvania's?
(RNS) — A vocal opponent of the death penalty, Francis also ordered a change to say the church will work 'with determination for its abolition worldwide.'
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago (RNS) — After the country’s high court declares anti-gay laws to be unconstitutional, many religious leaders are doubling down on their opposition to same-sex marriage.
(RNS) — Why the law is unnecessary, hurtful and dangerous.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — First introduced in 2011 and amended many times before being approved, the law passed early Thursday by the Knesset explicitly defines Israel as the 'national home of the Jewish people.'
(AP) — Jewish people are protected by a law against racial discrimination in employment decisions, a federal magistrate judge has concluded in siding with a football coach suing a private Baptist college in Louisiana.
(RNS) — Historically, it has taken a while for Catholics and Jews to earn seats on the top court, which used to be composed entirely of Protestants.
(RNS) — The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would drive the ideology of the Catholics on the court further to the right and exacerbate the already heightened angst about the institution’s ever more conservative Catholic majority.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As debates over faith and culture continue, secularists worry Kavanaugh could be a 'disaster' for the principle of church-state separation, while some conservatives think he will be a staunch defender of religious liberties.
(RNS) — President Trump has announced Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as his Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement late last month.
(RNS) — The four possible Supreme Court nominees widely considered to be front-runners for Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat are Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Here's what they have said and done with regard...
(RNS) — Charismatic Catholics have developed a network of prayer groups, retreats, conferences and covenant communities. Judge Amy Coney Barrett belongs to one named 'People of Praise.'
(RNS) — The language of 'travel ban' is neither neutral nor objective. When journalists repeat this language, they become complicit in amplifying Trump’s propaganda and in inscribing anti-Muslim prejudice into federal immigration policy.