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.”
Elections make a difference, Archbishop Naumann says (Vatican News) “We think we are very close to having a [pro-life] majority” on the Supreme Court, said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City (KS), the chairman of the US bishops’ pro-life committee. “And if we had another vote on the Supreme Court, I think that the chief justice would come along and be the sixth vote, but not the fifth vote.”
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Native Americans grapple with legacy of Catholic boarding schools (In These Times) One-quarter of the 400 boarding schools for Native Americans in the United States were Catholic schools. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Native American Affairs is “looking at an apology for the boarding school period,” said Father Michael Carson of the USCCB. “We’ve made it clear to Catholic leaders that [reconciliation] needs to be dealt with at the highest level within the subcommittee and bishops’ conference.”
Do not forget the needs of refugees, Florida bishop urges (Our Sunday Visitor) “I speak about this issue not only as a man of faith, but as someone who experienced life as a refugee,” said Bishop Felipe Estévez of St. Augustine. “In 1961, following the Bay of Pigs, I traveled alone as a teenager from my home in Cuba to Miami. My parents wanted what all mothers and fathers want for their children: a safe place to grow up.”
Christian patriarchs protest radical effort to reconfigure Jerusalem (Fides) The “status quo” that allows for peaceful coexistence among religious groups in Jerusalem’s Old City is being threatened, the Christian patriarchs of Jerusalem have warned, citing a campaign by radical Jewish groups to buy up real estate in traditionally Christian neighborhoods. The Church leaders’ protest—signed by 13 Christian leaders including Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzabella—responds to a controversial court ruling that allowed a sale of property belonging to the Greek Orthodox patriarchate.