Belief Bytes: Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

A dinosaur bones image from RNS archives.

Here is your Religion News Roundup for today:

c. Religion News Services 2012
Reprinted with permission

“Religious groups have a rooting interest in the health care law arguments continuing today before the U.S. Supreme Court, but there are a couple of other judicial developments worthy of note:

Such as the start of the trial of Msgr. William Lynn, who oversaw priest assignments for the Philadelphia archdiocese and is now the first church official to be tried for endangering children by allowing known abusers to operate in parishes.

In Missouri, a county judge is to consider motions today to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a Catholic bishop, Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, who is accused of violating Missouri’s mandatory reporter law for failing to notify authorities about a priest who had child pornography and was the subject of numerous complaints.

In Massachusetts, meanwhile, a district court judge sides with the ACLU and ruled that the Health and Human Services Department violated the Establishment Clause by contracting with the U.S. bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services, or MRS, because MRS does not refer victims to contraceptive or abortion services.

So the HHS, which as you recall is that terrible government bureaucracy crushing religious freedom with the contraceptive mandate, is in fact being too accommodating to the Catholic Church. And HHS and the Catholic Church are fighting on the same side of this litigation. Does your head hurt too? Dumb and dumberer, says Michael Sean Winters.

Read the rest of the article here:

-Samantha Freda, WilmingtonFAVS news intern


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