'This is a saga that did not need to occur': US bishops welcome Little Sisters' Supreme Court victory (USCCB) “Contraception is not health care, and the government should never have mandated that employers provide it in the first place,” said the chairmen of the bishops’ committees on religious liberty and pro-life activities, following the Supreme Court decision in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (CWN coverage). “Even after the federal government expanded religious exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate, Pennsylvania and other states chose to continue this attack on conscience.”
Little Sisters win 3rd Supreme Court victory (CWN) The US Supreme Court gave two victories for religious freedom on July 8, with separate rulings that confirmed the right of parochial schools to set their own standards for the employment of teachers, and upheld the demand of the Little Sisters of the Poor to be exempt from covering contraception in health-insurance programs.
Mississippi bishops, in pastoral letter, deplore racism (Diocese of Jackson) “We join our voices to vehemently denounce racism, a plague among us,” the state’s bishops said in a joint statement. “It is an evil and a force of destruction that eats away at the soul of our nation. Ultimately, it is a moral problem that requires a moral remedy—a transformation of the human heart—and compels us to act.”