Arizona disability abortion ban will protect mothers and unborn babies, Catholic bishops say

April 29th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who has signed a law barring abortions based on non-fatal genetic disorders, speaks at an awards luncheon in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 17, 2019. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 28, 2021 / 17:01 pm America/Denver (CNA). The Catholic bishops of Arizona on Tuesday applauded the passage of an expansive state law that they say will help mothers and unborn children while saving lives. SB 1457, signed …Read More

‘No government has the right to close churches’: Pastor holds outdoor service in Ireland despite worship ban

April 29th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

An Evangelical pastor has told Premier he will hold a second socially-distanced service in Phoenix Park, Dublin this weekend, despite religious services being outlawed in Ireland. On Sunday, Pastor John Ahern of the All Nations Church, preached in front of around 100 worshippers at the foot of the park’s papal cross and said he will hold another service on Sunday 2nd May. Health Minister Stephan Donnelly signed a regulation earlier this month making in-person services temporarily …Read More

Canadian Supreme Court cements closure of private hospices for refusal to participate in assisted suicide

April 29th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

A British Columbia hospice society recently lost an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, one of several legal avenues it unsuccessfully pursued in an attempt to avoid participating in assisted suicide. Delta Hospice Society, located in the town of Delta in the Canadian province of British Columbia, was founded 30 years ago by a Christian woman who vocally opposed assisted suicide. Up until this year, the private society operated a 10-bed hospice facility, a charity …Read More

Religious hatred driven by weaponisation of technology

April 26th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Persecution of faith groups has drastically increased in more than 95 percent of the world’s worst-offending countries, according to the latest Religious Freedom in the World report. The report, by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, shows how the latest technologies are being used to crush religious freedom. Over the past two years, oppression against vulnerable faith communities has increased in all but one of the 26 countries listed in the survey’s …Read More

Govt moves to cancel ‘cancel culture’ at universities

April 12th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Cancel culture’ and ‘no-platforming’ are to be challenged on university campuses with sanctions against institutions that fail to uphold freedom of speech. The newly created Office for Students (OfS) will take a robust approach to free speech in response to growing censoriousness at campuses across the country. In recent years, mainstream speakers such as Tory MP Amber Rudd have been barred from debates at Oxford University. Feminist Germaine Greer has also been blocked from debating …Read More

European bishops: Some nations reduced religious freedom during pandemic

March 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

A commission of Catholic bishops has warned religious freedom is threatened in the European Union, as restrictive laws are imposed in the wake of Covid-19. Some governments in Europe have “unquestionably reduced and diminished” religious freedom during the pandemic in disproportionate ways, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, or COMECE, said this week. “It is important not to send out a message that Christians, or more generally believers, are being persecuted inside the EU. However, not overdramatising …Read More

‘I’m overjoyed’: Catholic priest wins legal challenge to blanket ban on public worship

March 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland’s ban on public worship. / Credit: Photo courtesy of ADF International. CNA Staff, Mar 24, 2021 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- Scotland’s supreme civil court ruled on Wednesday that the Scottish government’s blanket ban on public worship is unlawful. Judge Lord Braidoverturnedthe ban on March 24 in response to a challenge by 27 faith leaders, alongside Glasgow Catholic priest Canon Tom White. He had heard their challenge on …Read More

People With Down Syndrome Still Face Deadly Discrimination | Opinion

March 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

ELYSSA KOREN , DIRECTOR OF UNITED NATIONS ADVOCACY, ADF INTERNATIONAL ON 3/22/21 AT 7:00 AM EDT Persons with disabilities face enormous and tragic discrimination that infringes upon their most basic right to life. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light these many added threats. Evidence that persons with Down Syndrome are significantly more at risk for death from COVID-19 has generated intense controversy regarding societal obligations to protect the most vulnerable. This year, World Down …Read More

EU bishops back Polish abortion ban

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The Brussels-based commission representing the European Union’s Catholic bishops, Comece, has defended a ban on abortions in Poland, citing human rights principles, and rejected a resolution condemning the move from the European Parliament. “Neither EU legislation nor the European Convention on Human Rights provides for a right to abortion – this matter is left up to the legal systems of member-states”, Comece said in a letter to David Maria Sassoli, Italian president of the Parliament …Read More

Equality Act Would Cancel Religious Freedom

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

KEY TAKEAWAYS It’s vital to understand just how unconstitutional the Equality Act is. The Equality Act has said that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “shall not provide … a basis for challenging the application of” any Equality Act provision. This would be the first time that Congress not only provided inadequate protection for religious freedom, but deliberately and publicly repudiated it altogether. To say that the Equality Act, which the U.S. Senate will soon take up after …Read More