Posts Tagged ‘Catholic’

Welch v. Cobb County

June 24, 2013

At the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, officials singled out the Roman Catholic faith, prohibiting a priest from conducting mass while allowing Protestants to practice their religion freely. Because weekly Mass is an critical element of the Catholic faith, Rev. John Welch offered to lead a weekly Mass for the prison’s two dozen Catholic inmates, Read More

Congregation Kol Ami v. Abingdon Township

June 4, 2013

Since its founding in 1994, Congregation Kol Ami has held worship services and other religious activities at a variety of temporary locations in the greater Philadelphia area. In 1997, it began searching for a permanent location, and in early 1999, it began negotiations for the purchase of a property owned by a Catholic order of Read More

Michele Curay-Cramer v. Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Delaware

October 18, 2012

When Michele Curay-Cramer, an English and religion teacher at the private, Catholic school Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, came out publicly in favor in abortion, she was immediately terminated from her position teaching Catholic doctrine. More specifically, on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January 2003, Curay-Cramer signed onto a full-page ad in Read More

Missionaries of Charity v. City of Los Angeles

July 26, 2012

Missionaries of Charity is an organization founded by the late Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which now does sacrificial service in many countries, including the United States.  In addition to founding an organization for nuns, Mother Teresa founded a corresponding male group Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity. In 1992, in the wake of riots Read More

Ave Maria University v. Burwell

February 20, 2012

Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, knows first-hand the immense value religious people of all faiths bring to the public square and is determined to stop the Administration’s efforts to push them to the margins.  Towey worked with Mother Teresa for 12 years, and saw her establish AIDs clinics and homeless shelters, then served Read More

Rigdon v. Perry

December 17, 2011

Muzzled military chaplains enlisted the Becket Fund for an assault on Pentagon censorship.  Representing a group of Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim chaplains and service members, the Becket Fund championed the rights of military chaplains to preach freely without government interference. A Pentagon gag order had barred military chaplains from preaching about legislation during sermons.  Although Read More

Belmont Abbey College v. Burwell

November 10, 2011

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty represents Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, in a lawsuit against the federal government to protect Belmont Abbey’s right to be true to its principles.  As a Catholic college, Belmont Abbey teaches that contraception, sterilization, and abortion are against God’s law. So in Read More

Stormans v. Wiesman

February 7, 2011

Your job or your conscience: a choice no American should have to make. Becket Fund fights for the constitutional right of pharmacists in Washington.  Click here to download a PDF of the infographic. In 2005, the State of Washington ordered a family-owned pharmacy and two pharmacists to sell life-ending drugs in violation of their religious beliefs. Read More

Guzzi v. Thompson, Massachusetts

Rosario Guzzi is a prison inmate in Massachusetts who requested kosher meals based upon his “Orthodox Catholic” beliefs. The state denied his request and when he sued, the federal district court upheld the denial based on the judge’s declaration that the tenets of Catholicism do not require believers to keep kosher. Guzzi appealed to the Read More

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