Religious Liberty

Supreme Court hears foster parents’ pleas

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/04/20, 04:00 pm

While Americans waited for final results in the U.S. presidential election on Wednesday, the nation’s highest court heard arguments in a key religious liberty case. In Fulton v. Philadelphia, Catholic Social Services and the foster parents it works with are asking the Supreme Court to let the agency continue placing children in foster homes according to its religious beliefs. Philadelphia would force the agency to place children with same-sex couples or lose its contract.

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No choice on school choice

Religious Liberty | Appeals court upholds Maine restrictions on religious school tuition
by Steve West
Posted 11/02/20, 03:56 pm

Three families in rural areas of Maine without public high schools can send their children to private school but not Christian school on the government’s dime, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

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Priests defend right to visit the sick

Religious Liberty | At government urging, hospitals update COVID-19 policies to allow clergy visits
by Steve West
Posted 10/27/20, 02:28 pm

Patients facing death or serious illness can take comfort in visits from their faith leaders. But pandemic-related restrictions have closed many hospital doors to priests, pastors, and rabbis. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights recently helped two Catholics resolve disputes with hospitals about the balance between health concerns and patients’ religious freedom.

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