The June 2014 archive of Daily News

Hobby Lobby wins at Supreme Court

Posted by Kyle Eller

In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 that the company cannot be forced to pay for employees' contraceptives.

Coverage ... Read More »

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Carol Zimmermann/Catholic News Service—In a June 26 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics — meant to keep demonstrators away — violates First Amendment rights.The decision, a victory for pro-life groups, reversed an appellate court decision upholding a 2007 Massachusetts law ... Read More »

IRS ordered to pay $50,000 to marriage defense group

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—A federal court has ordered the IRS to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage due to the leak of confidential tax documents, but the organization has called for further investigation to determine the extent of the wrongdoing.“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we’ve ... Read More »

Community says farewell to murdered priest; suspect in attack arrested

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Joyce Coronel/Catholic News Service—Clergy, religious and laity jammed into St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Phoenix for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Father Kenneth Walker June 16.

The 28-year-old priest was fatally injured June 11 in an attack at a different church, one that stands in the shadows ... Read More »

Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Posted by Kyle Eller

Elise Harris/Catholic News Agency—After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by the Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport.

According to BBC, about 40 security officers detained Ibrahim along with her husband, Daniel Wani, and ... Read More »

Fortnight for Freedom

Posted by Kyle Eller

For the third year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is hosting the Fortnight for Freedom, this year focusing on the Freedom to Serve — for the right of Christians to help those in need in accord with their consciences. More resources are available from the USCCB. Read ... Read More »

Vatican theologians acknowledge Archbishop Sheen miracle

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—Beloved media personality Archbishop Fulton Sheen is one step closer to beatification after a panel of Vatican theologians unanimously recognized the miraculous recovery of a stillborn baby attributed to Sheen’s intercession.

The Diocese of Peoria said June 17 that its bishop, Daniel Jenky, was informed of ... Read More »

Statement regarding Father Timothy Backous, OSB

Posted by Kyle Eller


Statement of Father James Bissonette, vicar general, Diocese of Duluth:

“We’ve just become aware of the allegations concerning Father Timothy Backous, OSB, a priest of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an incident with a minor that is alleged to have occurred in ... Read More »

Sacred Heart devotion

Posted by Kyle Eller

The month of June traditionally includes devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the month in which the devotion is celebrated in the liturgy (June 27). Devotion to the Sacred Heart also takes place in the first Friday of each month.

You can find more information on the Sacred ... Read More »

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.“We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops ... Read More »