Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees: The faith factor
(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 to religion.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her ties to the People of Praise and Catholic charismatics
(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.’
By any other name: Why the ‘travel ban’ really is a Muslim ban
(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.
The country will miss Justice Kennedy
He sought to resist the polarization of the times.
Travel ban decision follows the Supremes’ record of racial classification
(RNS) — The high court’s ruling Tuesday is not surprising. When it comes to welcoming people to America, the court almost never acts for the rights promised in the U.S. Constitution without first denying them.
Justice Kennedy, key vote on abortion and gay marriage, quits Supreme Court
(AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy say Wednesday he is retiring, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.
Justices rule against California law targeting anti-abortion pregnancy centers
WASHINGTON (USA Today) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a major blow to a California law requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform women about publicly funded abortion and contraception services.
5 reasons the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision is a victory for all Americans
The following is a guest post by Skye Jethani The case of the Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding has been a topic of heated debate since 2015. My writings about the case have received criticism from both conservative Christians and marriage equality advocates because I sided with the […]
The lessons of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case
(RNS) — For culture warriors on both ends of the spectrum.
Why the Catholic Church lost in Ireland
The failure was partly intellectual.
Vatican denounces offshore tax havens as harming the poor
(AP) — The Vatican is denouncing offshore tax havens and financial instruments such as derivatives and credit default swaps as gravely immoral and unjust, calling them ‘ticking time bombs’ that hurt the world’s poor the most.
‘This is my real life’: Where Trump’s travel ban hits home
(AP) — As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next week on Trump’s travel ban, its effects are playing out for people from Manhattan to Minnesota to the Middle East.
Mexican priest stabbed to death in church
(AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.
US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court
(AP) — An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey, speaking at the beginning of his trial in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.
Faith groups condemn citizenship question on US census
WASHINGTON (RNS) — And they are citing both moral imperatives and concerns about accuracy.