Religious Freedom this Memorial Day

After decades of catastrophic birth rates — the consequence of birth control and abortion, disdain for the natural family, the rejection of God and natural law, and population decline paralleled by an aging society — Europe is facing a cultural, demographic, and economic crisis. This does not only impact the lives of Europeans; it also . . . Read more

The Consequences of a Lawless Decision

When the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced, HLI’s statement reflected the obvious consequences that would follow, and that we are now seeing play out with an innocent county clerk being thrown in jail. At the time I said: Let this be remembered as the day that it became official: The United States is no . . . Read more

Pilgrim Icon Reaches the Gateway to the West

The Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa arrived in the great State of Missouri on Saturday, June 21, which was apt since the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis has organized Masses for an end to abortion on the third Saturday of every month for years. Karen Nolkemper, the director of . . . Read more

Religious Persecution Assaults Sanctity of All Human Life

Editor’s note: The USCCB has called the faithful to celebrate a Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 through July 4, 2014. Find details here. As I write this, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim sits in a Sudanese jail sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith [Meriam has since been freed and rearrested.]. Her father was Muslim, . . . Read more

HLI in the News: Comments on President Obama’s Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

In a speech during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 6, President Obama made statements on freedom of religion and the right to life at odds with the policies of his administration. Human Life International Communications Manager Adam Cassandra was asked by the news media to comment on the president’s statements. “It’s also clear that . . . Read more

Prelude to a Persecution?

On Wednesday morning the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding Observations concerning the Catholic Church’s treatment of children. In this widely-denounced document (see HLI’s statement here), the Committee chastises the Church for supposedly ignoring or refusing the rights of children. It called for the Church to amend Canon Law, . . . Read more

HHS Mandate Not the Only Threat to Religious Freedom

While the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate is often the focus of those concerned with current threats to religious freedom in the U.S., there have been several recent court cases involving the Catholic Church which also look to undermine our First Amendment rights. Three female teachers – a computer teacher in the Archdiocese . . . Read more

Fortnight for Freedom

  What is the Fortnight for Freedom? In April of 2012, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for . . . Read more

HLI’s Comments to HHS on the Revised Obamacare Contraception/Abortifacient/Sterilization Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2013 – CONTACT: Adam Cassandra 540-622-5230 – acassandra@hli.org – www.hli.org FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – The following comments from Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet were submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today regarding the proposed changes to the mandate allowing for coverage of contraceptives, . . . Read more

A Time of Renewal

The Lord beckoned, “‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.’” (Joel 2:12-13) . . . Read more