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Private firms can’t be forced to cover contraceptives, high court rules

UPDATED -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, June 30 that privately-held, for-profit companies “cannot be required to provide contraceptive coverage” under the Patient Affordable Care Act, the court said in its majority 5-4 opinion. The ruling may have an effect on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's bid to seek relief from regulations known as the HHS mandate.

U.S. bishops backed Civil Rights Act, urged people to make it work

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and also urged Catholics to get behind the law to make it work, according to the yellowed pages of typewritten articles in the Catholic News Service's archive folders.

Reflections on Civil Rights Act: Progress made, work still to do

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fifty years ago, when the Civil Rights Act was signed into law July 2 by President Lyndon Johnson, two Louisiana-born men did not feel the earth move, but they knew it was the beginning of a time of change.

Massachusetts pro-life sidewalk counselors applaud court’s decision

WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled June 26 that the buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts violated First Amendment rights, pro-life advocates outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Worcester were doing what they always do -- praying on the sidewalk.

The future of TV — and how it may be shaped by the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When one breaks it down, this start-up business called Aereo had been offering its television retransmission service in only 11 metropolitan areas by the time the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision June 25, ruled the manner of its retransmission unconstitutional -- at least not without paying a fee to the networks whose programming Aereo transmitted.

U.N. official, panels address issue of torture at Washington conference

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.N. special rapporteur on torture encouraged torture survivors and advocates to "look to a torture-free world within our lifetimes" during a conference at The Catholic University of America.

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a June 26 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics -- meant to keep demonstrators away -- violates First Amendment rights.

Leader says Life Teen’s goal to ‘completely transform’ youth ministry

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CNS) -- The goal of Life Teen "is to completely transform the idea of what youth ministry is in our church and what it can be," said the director of events for the Mesa-based organization.

Archbishop hopes settlement brings victims closure, chance to heal

Updated - SEATTLE (CNS) -- Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said June 24 that he hopes the settlement of 30 claims of sexual abuse will bring victims "closure and allow them to continue the process of healing."

EWTN appeals judge’s ruling denying network protection from HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Eternal Word Television Network has appealed a court ruling against the network in its challenge to the federal mandate requiring most employers, including religious employers, to provide coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortion-inducing drugs in employee health care plans.