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Justices seem willing to allow Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

The point of viability was key to the discussion at the Supreme Court Dec. 1 because the court has consistently ruled that states cannot restrict abortion before 24 weeks or when a fetus is said to be able to survive on its own.

Pro-lifers hopeful about outcome of Dobbs case, urge prayers for court

U.S. Supreme Court is hearing its first major abortion case in decades, one that may overturn Roe v. Wade in its eventual ruling on Mississippi's ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Gathered outside Supreme Court, pro-lifers hopeful about Dobbs’ outcome

The pro-life rally on the sidewalk outside the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1, joined by politicians and advocates, found much to cheer about as the nine justices inside heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Clergy comfort students, community after tragic high school shooting

Residents gathered at St. Joseph Parish near where earlier in the day a gunman -- alleged to be a 15-year-old -- killed three high school students and wounded eight other people in the worst school shooting in Michigan history.

All eyes are on Supreme Court for its biggest abortion case in decades

The nation's high court will hear an appeal from Mississippi to keep its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The outcome has the potential to restrict abortion significantly in that state and others or perhaps even overturn Roe v. Wade.

Abuse survivor, advocate for other survivors, dies at 69

Phil Saviano, who was abused by a Catholic parish priest when he was a child in the 1970s and who as an adult in 2002 helped shed light on clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston, died Nov. 28. His advocacy led to major reforms in the church.

Congress urged to pass bill protecting health care workers

The Conscience Protection Act, introduced in Congress by a Catholic physician, would prohibit government discrimination against health care providers who object to participating in medical procedures, namely abortion.

After racist comments, Catholic University replaces stolen icon with copy

The university's law school had displayed an icon of Mary holding Jesus, whom some thought to resemble George Floyd. A storm of comments on social media ensued and the icon was stolen. CUA replaced it with a copy.

Church not as committed to economic pastoral 35 years later, say panelists

Poverty, unemployment and the experience of the Black community and immigrants "are still with us today," but "domestic workers, farmworkers, child care aides" are not part of the discussion on the economy addressed in 1986's "Economic Justice for All."

Atlanta Archbishop: Arbery verdict advances justice

Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer said the Nov. 24 verdict convicting three white men for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery "does not bring him back" or eradicate systemic racism, "but it does advance the work toward justice."