California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures

The state of California has agreed not to impose greater coronavirus restrictions on church gatherings than it does on retail establishments in a pair of settlements that provide more than $2 million in fees to lawyers who challenged the rules as a violation of religious freedom.

New Vatican law criminalizes abuse of adults by priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.

A Buddhist temple sues Fremont for religious discrimination

A Buddhist temple has launched a double barreled legal attack on Fremont, a city that prides itself on diversity and has many Asian American residents. It's a fight over building codes that could end up in the highest court in the land.