A case that could impact Catholic and other religious institutions and non-profit organizations in California and throughout the country is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. Oral arguments were heard on Dec. 8, 2014.
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Escalating violence in northern and central Iraq has caused devastation and mass displacement of 1.2 million people since January. Fear looms as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of large swaths of the Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Diyala provinces.
(This article is re-posted from CRS website detailing unfolding emergencies throughout the world. Please visit http://emergencies.crs.org/ for more information on Iraq, Gaza, Africa and other areas.)
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties means "justice has prevailed," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "preventive services" mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life. The statement follows: