The New Jersey Death with Dignity Act was approved Thursday by a 7-2 vote. It now moves to the full state Assembly.
The bishops are still worried about the definition of religious ministry and the exclusion of for-profit business owners from exemptions.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops' spokesperson said the bishops' objections about the HHS mandate are in line with faith leaders' participation in the 1960s civil rights movement.
An appeals court issued a preliminary injunction against the federal government's contraceptive mandate, saying a Catholic-owned company does not have to comply with that part of the act.
Legal advice trumped church teaching when a Catholic hospital tried to defend itself in a lawsuit by claiming that twin fetuses who died at the hospital should not be considered persons.
A bipartisan political committee in Arizona hopes to gather more than 330,000 signatures by May to recall their controversial sheriff.
Update: Under the new proposed regulations, any employers who are exempt from filing taxes because of their religious status would be exempt from the mandate.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Next week will be gun week in the Minnesota House.
In "amicus" briefs in two Supreme Court cases that weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the USCCB argues that redefining marriage is not required under the Constitution.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the federal contraceptive mandate by the Washington archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs, saying the case is premature in light of the government's "promises to amend the mandate."
"Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits of our case," said a statement issued by the archdiocese.