Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- Attorneys suing a Catholic church claim the documents they obtained through discovery show that the New Orleans Saints, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans by helping it contain the fallout from an escalating sexual abuse crisis.
- The Fourth Circuit will hear arguments to decide whether a federal judge erred in refusing to dismiss constitutional claims regarding President Trump’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in Trump v. Hawaii.
- Pope Francis chose Father Gonzalo Aemilius, a Uruguayan priest who has closely worked with street children, to be one of his two personal secretaries.
- The French Senate passed a bill that allows single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF), expanding the current law in France that makes IVF available only to heterosexual couples.
- Discriminatory acts against Muslims and Jews, and threats of a racist and xenophobic character, increased last year in France.