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OSV News Showcase | June 28, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court building is pictured in Washington June 1, 2024. (OSV News photo/Will Dunham, Reuters)

What outfits do lawyers wear to court? Law suits! 

(Cue groans at my terrible pun.)

On a more serious note, it’s been the week for Supreme Court decisions: a case concerning abortions for medical emergencies in Idaho; an Oregon city’s law restricting homeless camps; a dispute over the government’s effort to restrict misinformation on social media on topics including COVID-19; the overrule of Chevron, a legal doctrine which told courts to defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation in regulatory disputes when the governing law is ambiguous; and others. 

The Supreme Court also agreed June 24 to hear a challenge this fall to a Tennessee state law banning certain types of medical or surgical gender reassignment procedures for minors who identify as transgender, its first major step toward weighing in on the controversial culture-war issue. The American College of Pediatricians also recently issued a declaration urging the nation’s medical organizations to halt hormonal and surgical interventions on children with gender dysphoria and not to double down on these practices amid mounting evidence of their harm.

OSV News covered these significant Supreme court cases and what they mean for U.S. Catholics along with other events in public life this week. I hope you are edified by our reporting.

Megan Marley

Digital Editor

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US bishops’ conference confirms cuts to key department tasked with social policy, initiatives

Days after they gathered for their annual spring meeting, the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference has laid off an unspecified number of employees as part of the reorganization of a key department tasked with promoting awareness of and advocacy for Catholic social teaching at home and abroad. 

Catholic groups share guides for bringing faith to the ballot box this November

As Americans prepare for the November elections, some Catholic groups are circulating checklists designed to help voters discern their choices at the ballot box.

Kenya bishops plead for calm amid storming of parliament, deaths and injuries

The Kenyan capital descended into chaos June 25 as protests over legislation dubbed a finance bill left several dead and dozens injured. The country’s bishops called for peace and urged the president not to accede to the measure aimed at raising revenue by levying additional taxes. 

Can a marriage be declared invalid due to severe mental illness?

QUESTION CORNER: Canonist Jenna Marie Cooper answers this question in her weekly Q&A column. 

First Nation, Vancouver Archdiocese unveil a ‘Sacred Covenant’ for reconciliation

Officials of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a First Nation where the largest Indigenous residential school in Canada was located reiterated their joint commitment June 26 to press forward with learning more about the mistreatment of thousands of Indigenous children by a government education program administered by some Catholic religious orders at such schools that ran for nearly 100 years. 

6 things to expect at the National Eucharistic Congress

With less than a month to go, more than 40,000 Catholics have registered for the National Eucharistic Congress, the pinnacle of the U.S. bishops’ National Eucharistic Revival. Here are six things to expect. 

Lourdes commission to announce decision ‘soon’ on possible removal of Father Rupnik’s art

The decision whether to keep the mosaics of Father Marko Rupnik on the facade of Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in France’s most visited sanctuary in Lourdes is to be “announced soon,” David Torchala, director of communications at the Notre Dame of Lourdes shrine, told OSV News on June 24. 

Abortion, yes! Pregnancy help, no? Calif. abortion uptick shows ‘systemic coercion,’ say pro-lifers

In the wake of the 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, California intensified its efforts to become a leading state for abortion services. However, Catholic and pro-life advocates in California argue that these efforts overshadow support for parenting and adoption resources to the point that it creates a systemic coercion of women. 

What to expect at the National Eucharistic Congress in July

National Eucharistic Congress speakers showcase a “who’s who” in Catholic evangelization, including Bishop Robert E. Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, and founder of Word on Fire; Father Mike Schmitz, host of The Bible in a Year podcast; Sister Josephine Garrett, host of the “Hope Stories” podcast; and more. Matt Maher and other diverse artists will also be performing.

Church leaders in the Holy Land protest tax plans by Israeli municipalities

Church leaders in Jerusalem accused local Israeli authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” against the Christian presence in the Holy Land after several municipalities initiated legal proceedings for alleged municipal tax debts. 

Pope confirms Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati will be canonized ‘soon’

CNS ROME: Pope Francis said that Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati “will be a saint soon.” 

Establishing Polish church’s first investigative commission is ‘about the truth,’ bishop says

Taking over one of the most troubled dioceses in Poland, Bishop Artur Ważny of Sosnowiec didn’t waste time ahead of his June 22 installation. Just days short of his official start in the diocese, Bishop Ważny announced he has established Catholic Poland’s first independent diocesan investigation commission.

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