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Advocates look to other avenues after court limits EPA on carbon emissions

Advocates expressed disappointment that the U.S. Supreme Court has limited Environmental Protection Agency action to...

Court allows N.Y. health worker vaccine mandate without religious exemption

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court June 30 rejected a challenge to New York’s vaccine...

Former U.K. Cabinet member: China is threat to Hong Kong religions

LONDON (CNS) — The Rev. Jonathan Aitken, a former U.K. Cabinet minister, said religious freedom...

Pope reflects on papacy in interview with Argentine news agency

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said the goals he has achieved in more than...

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development on Supreme Court’s Climate Regulation Ruling

WASHINGTON - On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-3 decision in a case that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its power to regulate greenhouse gases. In response to the Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development issued the following statement:

“The Catholic bishops of the United States have long-supported the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases in order to address climate change. As we said in 2018, the EPA has ‘both the statutory authority and responsibility to take regulatory action… It is hard to foresee a scenario, under current economic and technological conditions, in which the EPA faithfully carries out its mandate to protect the public health from greenhouse gases without significantly affecting political and economic realities.’ 

“We are, therefore, disappointed today that following the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act the EPA will have significantly restricted authority to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants. Both reasonable regulation and legislation are critical for addressing the threat and challenges of climate change. We call upon Congress to give the EPA the necessary authority to meaningfully regulate greenhouse gases.” 

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USCCB committee chairmen raise concerns on proposed changes to Title IX

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Amid war, reconciliation among Christians can foster peace, pope says

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