Roundup of Reactions To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Here is a sampling of reaction to the June 26 Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide: “Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a truth that predates courts and constitutions. This understanding transcends cultures, religions and all time – it is the foundation of […]

Court’s Decisions Threaten Consciences

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The Constitution of the United States is a remarkable document penned by our Founding Fathers that has kept our Union together since its foundation, and gives a spirit of equality to all citizens of the United States of America. With two recent decisions of our Supreme Court, however, we wonder how the Constitution has been used to justify two complex, yet similar, actions. Both decisions are grounded in misunderstanding of human freedom. Individual conscience has been put to the test.

Prayers for Marriage

Dear Editor: I am appealing to the Bishops in the U.S. to consider calling for a very serious prayer effort to hold back the decision of the Supreme Court from going the way of Ireland on marriage. This we know is very likely as the powerful and wealthy homosexual lobby is making great advances in our culture.

Court Backs Religious Freedom of Inmate

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Supreme Court Jan. 20 ruled unanimously that the Arkansas prison system may not prohibit an inmate from growing a half-inch beard as a part of what he considers his religious obligation as a Muslim. In the beard case, Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, sued the Arkansas Department of […]

Court Refuses to Hear Seal of Confession Case

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a Louisiana case involving a sacramental confession and whether a priest can be compelled to disclose what transpired if the person who made the confession waives confidentiality. The effect of the court declining the case is that a lawsuit may proceed to a state court hearing about the […]

Court Ruling Upholds Rights Of Conscience

In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court 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 (RFRA).

Public Prayer – Supreme Court Rules in Favor

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Supreme Court ruled this week 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 were not coercive to those in attendance.