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A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law31 Mar

This past week Indiana adopted a state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  This law imposes a higher standard of review when the state or a local government passes laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion.  However, the law has unfairly been characterized as legislation that would authorize, or even […]
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New Speeches and Homilies Being Added to CCK Website01 Oct

The Public Witness page of the CCK website features numerous speeches, homilies, letters, and testimony from the bishops and CCK staff on a wide range of issues over the past several years. Two new items have recently been added. Archbishop Kurtz, in his capacity as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered […]
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Oppose S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom16 Jul

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the HHS contraceptive mandate cannot be used to force a family business to provide coverage for drugs and devices that violates the family members’ religious convictions. The Court relied on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed […]
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Legislators Override Governor Beshear’s Veto of HB 27927 Mar

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session a bi-partisan majority of members of both parties overwhelmingly voted to override the Governor’s veto of HB 279, a bill that was introduced in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that lowered the standard by which the state could infringe on the free […]
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Veto Override Needed to Protect Our Right to Worship23 Mar

House Bill 279 which is a response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision that weakens the protection we deserve when it come to the free exercise of religion. One of the most basic of civil rights is the right to practice a faith without undue government interference. The government should have to have a compelling […]

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