1. The Justices Punt on Religious Liberty.

By Nathan Lewin, The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2020, Pg. A13, Opinion

The Supreme Court has passed up an opportunity to strike an overdue blow for religious liberty. On Feb. 24 it rejected the Justice Department’s recommendation to hear a dispute between Walgreens and Darrell Patterson, a Seventh-day Adventist who was fired because he missed work on Saturdays.


2. Schumer Says He Regrets Supreme Court Comments: Senate minority leader says ‘I shouldn’t have used the words I did, but in no way was I making a threat’.

By Lindsay Wise, The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2020, Pg. A3

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he regretted his remarks about two Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices “paying the price” for their potential rulings on abortion, adding they weren’t intended as a physical threat.


3. Mr. Schumer’s misguided attack: The Senate minority leader was wrong to threaten conservative justices.

By The Washington Post, March 6, 2020, Pg. A22, Editorial

AFTER FIRST indignantly defending them, the Senate’s top-ranking Democrat, Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), on Thursday walked back the offensive comments he made at a rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. He now says he “shouldn’t have used the words I did.” That is an understatement.


4. Vatican Confirms First Case of Coronavirus: Spokesman didn’t identify the individual or say whether they were employed by the Vatican.

By Francis X. Rocca, The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2020, 7:28 AM

The first coronavirus case in the Vatican was confirmed on Friday, as the epidemic continued to spread in Italy.

A person familiar with the matter said that the Vatican has also sterilized offices in its Secretariat of State because of a suspected, unverified case of the virus there.


5. Pope lets French cardinal embroiled in abuse cover-up resign.

By Nicole Winfield, The Washington Post, March 6, 2020, 6:58 AM

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fueled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France.

Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 69, had offered to resign when the Lyon court in March 2019 first convicted him and gave him a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report the predator priest to police.


6. First Trump-Era Supreme Court Abortion Case Fires up Pro-Lifers, Liberal Activists and Judges.

By Penny Starr, Breitbart, March 5, 2020

Following 60 minutes of oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, the media is speculating on whether the justices — including Trump-nominated Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — would conclude after reexamining the 2016 decision and that could be the first step in reexamining another Supreme Court decision: 1973’s Roe v. Wade that made abortion on demand the law of the land.

“The Supreme Court has let abortionists and their clinics dictate the standards of care and safety for vulnerable women seeking abortions for far too long,” Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, legal advisor for the Catholic Association Foundation, said in a statement, “Louisiana put women’s health and safety first when passing a simple admitting privileges law in response to a horrific pattern of negligence and injury.”


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