(RNS) — In a surprising reversal, Notre Dame decided last week that allowing its health insurer to provide free contraceptives to female students and workers does not, after all, impinge on its religious liberty. So how sincere was the legal argument to begin with?
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The university had fought the federal health care law's original mandate on religious grounds.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame previously offered coverage through a third party, which allowed the university to meet the requirement while maintaining its religious opposition to contraceptives.
(AP) — Although the regulations ultimately address matters of individual conscience and religious teaching, they also dive into medical research and scholarly studies on birth control.
(USA Today) — The new rules allow any employer or insurer to stop covering contraceptive services if it has religious beliefs or moral convictions against covering birth control.
(RNS) The interview with the host of 'The 700 Club' comes as new evidence of possible collusion with the Russians to influence the 2016 election was released.
(RNS) Based on an analysis by Bread for the World, every religious congregation in the U.S. would have to raise an additional $714,000 every year for the next 10 years to make up for the 2018 budget cuts President Trump has proposed.
(RNS) The individual mandate frames the never-resolved question that goes to the heart of our society’s idea of itself as a moral, Christian nation, or at least a Christian-influenced one. What obligation do we have to our fellow citizens?
(RNS) The approach of the GOP health care bill has religious roots in the the Calvinist stream in American public life. But there are other traditions that would provide a very different version.
(RNS) In a shift from past opposition, the hierarchy is warning the GOP-controlled Congress not to repeal Obamacare without providing a replacement that provides as much coverage.
WASHINGTON — The justices unanimously sent the cases back to federal appeals courts in hopes that they can emerge with a way to honor the objections of religious nonprofit groups.
(RNS) Religious liberty is often threatened by government indifference or oversight, but here it is endangered by exaggerated claims and overreaching.
(RNS) If the government is allowed to determine the veracity of religious doctrines familiar to most everyone, what will happen to Americans whose beliefs are less known or understood?
(RNS) The Supreme Court will uphold the requirement that religious nonprofits sign a waiver to avoid paying for contraceptive services.
Justices will consider cases filed by Roman Catholic groups including the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns that runs care homes for the elderly, and other Christian denominations.