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Judge blocks law requiring 24-hour waiting period before getting abortion

An Iowa district court judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of the state's new law, signed June 29, in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ex-DRE at Tennessee parish indicted for abusing girl

Michael D. Lewis, 41, was indicted on 10 counts of statutory rape and four counts of sexual battery, stemming from incidents in July 2013 and July 2017.

Indiana priest suspended after derogatory remarks about protesters

The bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, has suspended a priest from public ministry after the pastor referred to Black Lives Matters protesters as "maggots and parasites" in a Sunday bulletin.

Providence College cemetery reconsecrated after vandalism attack

Two days after a vandal defaced gravestones and a cross with swastikas at the Dominican Cemetery at Providence College, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin blessed the sacred grounds.

Understanding can defeat racism, Archbishop Gregory says

While America grapples with bigotry, Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said people must reach out to one another and learn about others different from themselves.

Trump administration’s ‘third-country asylum rule’ struck down

A federal judge ruled the administration unlawfully implemented its 2019 policy to turn away asylum-seekers if they don't first seek protection in countries along their way to the U.S.

Ruling in Montana case called ‘welcome victory’ for religious freedom

The consensus from religious liberty advocates following the Supreme Court ruling on public funds and sectarian schools is one hated remnant of 19th-century anti-Catholic bigotry is finally gone for good.

Florida bishops hail new law on parental consent before minor has abortion

Pro-life advocates applauded Gov. Ron DeSantis signing the bill June 30. Pro-life legislation has also advanced in Iowa and Tennessee.

Wisconsin bishop denounces activist’s call to destroy statues of Jesus

Bishop Donald J. Hying of Madison said it would be "illuminating and healing" for the country "if we had a national education effort to understand our history" instead of destroying statues in anger.

Federal executions in Indiana said to ‘add violence on top of violence’

News that federal executions would start at a federal prison drew words of remorse and prayers from Catholic leaders for the crime victims and for the inmates slated to die.