How the Supreme Court rules in the so-called "Hobby Lobby" case over religious objections to contraception coverage could be as influential as the Citizens United case.
(RNS) The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities.
(RNS) Pope Francis wants to know what rank-and-file Catholics think about gay marriage, divorce and birth control, but it's unclear whether U.S. bishops will poll their flocks or simply report their own thoughts.
Advocates enter the church-state debate at Religion Newswriters Association’s pre-conference in Austin, Texas.
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(RNS) Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit has been one of the most high profile of 60-some cases involving the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate. The arts and crafts chain was founded by David Green, “the biblical billionaire backing the evangelical movement.”
(RNS) The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all employees receive free birth control coverage. The decision by the Catholic Health Association puts the hospitals at odds with the Catholic hierarchy, which last week rejected the White House’s final regulations.
The FDA’s recent decision to lower the age of access for emergency contraception to 15 exposes a tipping point in Americans’ - especially Democrats' - perspectives on contraceptive use for teens.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) Thirteen state attorneys general are urging the federal government to broaden religious exemptions under the contraception mandate, saying private businesses should not be forced to provide coverage that violates their moral beliefs.
(RNS) "As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold," Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said about efforts to shut down an undercover student group that distributes free condoms.
(RNS) The nation’s Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 7) rejected the Obama administration’s latest proposals to broaden the religious exemptions and accommodations in regulations that will require insurance companies or employers to provide free birth control coverage.
When the Obama administration announced mandatory coverage of contraceptives in January of last year as part of sweeping healthcare reform, religious conservatives were incensed. Roman Catholics were angry because the church ...
(RNS) The Obama administration on Friday unveiled new rules on its controversial contraception mandate designed to provide greater flexibility for religiously affiliated organizations though not for privately owned businesses.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s and 70s, took a crucial first step toward possible sainthood when Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Dec. 20) recognized his predecessor's "heroic virtues." By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) Most Americans believe employers -- even religious ones -- should provide contraception coverage for their employees, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research. By Daniel Burke.