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

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

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

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

Father West: Obamacare Needs to be Repealed

Father Peter West, vice president for missions at Human Life International, made the following comments on the Supreme Court steps Thursday following the Court’s decision on Obamacare. [Transcript follows video.] I’m Father Peter West. I work at Human Life International. We are pro-life missionaries to the world. And we defend life, faith and family throughout . . . Read more

HLI President: Don’t Let Anyone Take Away Your Religious Freedom

HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet was a featured speaker at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally held on June 8, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Video and a transcript of the speech follow. See pictures of the event here. I’d like to begin this afternoon by using a quote that we . . . Read more