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Supreme Court sides with coach in public school prayer case

A high school coach had been told to stop praying on the 50-yard line, and he refused. When his contract was not renewed, he sued the school for violating his First Amendment rights. The high court sided with him June 27.

After Roe’s reversal, a call to ‘redouble’ efforts to help women

"As happy as we may be" with the June 24 decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Baltimore's archbishop said it's not a cause for celebration but for renewed efforts "to help women in difficult pregnancies."

Supreme Court overturns Roe, Casey in abortion decision

In a 6-3 decision June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its nearly 50-year-old decision in Roe v. Wade that had legalized abortion. The reversal brings abortion policy decisions to the state level.

Michigan center is among latest pro-life facilities vandalized across U.S.

Multiple windows and doors were smashed June 20 at the Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn Heights, part of an uptick in such attacks as the nation awaits a landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.

New report about YouTube shows kids exposed to derogatory videos

Research by a team from the University of Michigan showed ethnic and racial disparities exist in the videos YouTube's algorithm suggests or recommends to young children, tweens and teens.

Court: Tuition program excluding religious schools is unconstitutional

In a 6-3 ruling issued June 21, the Supreme Court said a Maine tuition aid program that excluded religious schools violated the Constitution's free exercise clause.

Diocese takes first step toward possible cause for former FOCUS missionary

Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck announced June 16 the diocese will open an investigation into "the holiness of life and love for God" of North Dakota native Michelle Christine Duppong, who died in 2015 at age 31.

Justice Department urged to address violent attacks on pro-life centers, churches

In a June 16 letter, a coalition of pro-life and faith leaders cited a rise in arson and vandalism at sites across the nation, ahead of an expected landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion.

After flag dispute, Jesuit school no longer Catholic

Worcester Bishop Robert McManus told Nativity School it may no longer identify itself as a Catholic school for flying Black Lives Matter and gay pride flags.

As charter turns 20, trust in bishops is slow to return, cardinal says

Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who led the U.S. bishops' 2002 response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis with a charter of norms, reviews the church's progress and the ongoing work ahead.