Standing Earnestly For the Faith

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Today the Supreme Court of the United States made a ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which was formerly called Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, in which it ruled through the well-written majority opinion of Justice Samuel Alito that Hobby Lobby, while being compelled under the Affordable Care Act to offer insurance coverage to its employees, is not required to …

Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Home page, News

By Patricia Zapor WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health-insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the two family-run companies that objected to the government …

Supreme Court ruling allows prayers before public meetings

Bill Brewer News

By Carol Zimmerman Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled May 5 that prayers said before town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., do not violate the Constitution. In their 5-4 decision, the judges noted a historical precedent to opening local legislative meetings with a prayer and stressed that the predominantly Christian nature of the prayers in the New …

Courts give last-minute relief from HHS contraceptive mandate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The order by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, issued within hours of the mandate taking …

Civil Law vs. Holy Sacrament

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer, Vocations

By now, much of the world knows about the United States Supreme Court decisions Wednesday which repealed the most important and effective part of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), and which upheld by means of remand a lower court ruling which said that California’s Proposition 8, a ballot measure which amended that State’s constitution to define marriage as being …