I understand World Vision’s original decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages had nothing to do with the threat of lawsuits. But that doesn’t mean the decision’s reversal in the face of widespread evangelical outrage won’t invite them.
That’s the central question in Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., though you could hardly tell it from Tuesday’s oral argument. My guess is that the Court’s answer will be no.
It’s not surprising that long-time victims’ advocates have been less than blown away by the naming of eight members to the new papal commission on sexual abuse in the church. But there’s reason for a little optimism.
How good is it that the world is head-over-heels in love with Pope Francis? In the opinion of Commonweal editor Paul Baumann, writing in Slate, not so good, at least as far as the church itself is concerned. I beg to differ.
The big hoo-hah over Arizona SB 1062 has provided the culture wars with a new conservative meme. It’s that liberals have stopped supporting exemptions from laws that burden some peoples’ religious free exercise.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the death of West Hartford’s Crown Market, the beloved kosher grocery store that has been serving the greater Hartford Jewish community for three-quarters of a century. God forbid that I should leave the impression that this was the end of the story. For within days, Henry Zachs, the community’s […]
Rome, we’ve got a problem. Pope Francis, politically the surest-footed pontiff in many a long century, stumbled pretty badly last week in discussing the crisis that has engulfed Roman Catholicism these past dozen years.
A friend of mine who practices First Amendment law is not happy that the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a British refusal to permit the Mormon Temple in Preston tax-free status as a place of public worship. “It’s another indication of how equality is overriding religious liberty,” he emailed.