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Archdiocese of Washington Files Supplemental Brief in Case Challenging HHS Mandate
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014 WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington today filed a supplemental brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit addressing the revised HHS mandate regulations issued by the government last month. This brief is … Continue reading »

United States Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty
Monday, June 30, 2014

Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington is pleased that the Supreme Court of the United States today protected fundamental religious liberty and rights of conscience in Burwell, Secretary of Health and … Continue reading »

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate
Thursday, June 5, 2014

A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. “We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that … Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Presents Oral Arguments before U.S. Court of Appeals to Protect and Preserve Religious Freedom
Thursday, May 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs today presented oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in their legal challenge to the HHS mandate. The archdiocese argued in its written briefs … Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Files Reply to Government Response with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.
Friday, April 11, 2014

The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs today filed their reply to the U.S. Government’s March 28 brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the archdiocese’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate. Today’s … Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Action
Monday, March 31, 2014

The United States Supreme Court today denied the Petition for Certiorari Before Judgment filed by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-appellants in the legal challenge to the HHS mandate on January 8, 2014. This filing had asked the Supreme … Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Expresses Support for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods in Cases against HHS Mandate
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – The Archdiocese of Washington expresses support for Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties, as the U.S. Supreme Court, hears oral arguments in their cases today. The Archdiocese of Washington hopes the Court will rightfully find … Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Files Opening Brief with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.
Friday, February 28, 2014

The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs filed an opening brief today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the archdiocese’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate. By order of the Court, the case … Continue reading »

Court continues injunction protecting Little Sisters from HHS mandate
Friday, January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court Jan. 24 issued a three-sentence order affirming — for the time being — an injunction blocking enforcement against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian Brothers of a mandate to provide contraceptive … Continue reading »

The HHS Mandate Goes Live
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In the final weeks of 2013, most of the Obamacare focus was on the disastrous launch of the federal and state exchanges, followed by the frenzied effort to get the websites up to a minimum level of functionality before December 1. … Continue reading »

Little Sisters of the Poor Case: The Administration’s Position Goes from the Absurd to the Surreal
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Obama administration told the Supreme Court that nuns running an elder-care facility should have to provide “free” abortion drugs through their health-insurance plan. Witness your tax dollars at work. There is hope, though, that your hard-earned pay won’t be wasted on absurdities … Continue reading »

Substantial Confusion on RFRA’s “Substantial Burden” Requirement?
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On the Balkinization blog, Georgetown law professor Marty Lederman is writing a series of very lengthy posts setting forth his grounds for believing that the private employers’ religious-liberty challenges to the HHS mandate should be rejected. In one post, Lederman spells out that … Continue reading »

Gov’t Battles Little Sisters of the Poor Over Contraception Mandate
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked a key component of ObamaCare – the contraception mandate. The provision requires church-affiliated, nonprofit organizations to provide their employees with access to birth control. The Little Sisters of the Poor – a group that … Continue reading »

Obamacare release form stokes uproar in nuns’ contraception fight
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The fight over a contraception rule tied to Obamacare has religious liberty advocates and women’s health groups at loggerheads over a simple act: What does it mean when a group of Colorado nuns signs a release form? A Denver chapter … Continue reading »

The President vs. the Nuns
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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The Contraception Mandate and the Constitution
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Of all the cases that can be wielded against the casual use of propaganda, perhaps the strongest is that, eventually, it will make us all stupid. For a beautiful example of this principle in action, one need look no further … Continue reading »

Administration, nuns battle over contraception mandate at Supreme Court
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

(RNS) The Obama administration and faith-based foes of an employer mandate to provide free birth control coverage continued their legal tussle on Friday (Jan 3.), though with an odd twist: The Justice Department says an order of nuns is exempt … Continue reading »

Obama Administration Urges High Court to Preserve Birth-Control Mandate
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of the federal health-care law’s contraception requirements, arguing that religiously affiliated nonprofits had no valid basis for seeking to block the provisions. The administration’s arguments, in a filing … Continue reading »

Justice Dept. opposes block on contraceptive mandate
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Friday called on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift her order temporarily blocking a part of the president’s signature health care law that requires some religious-affiliated organizations to cover forms of contraception in … Continue reading »

Obama Administration Wants Religious Employers to Drop Their Insurance Plans?
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Buried deep in the Obama DOJ’s response to Justice Sotomayor’s eleventh hour emergency stay of the abortion-pill mandate for a group of Catholic nuns, is a glimpse into the Obama Administration’s plan for the HHS Mandate. The Mandate, which forces all employers … Continue reading »

More court victories against HHS mandate
Monday, January 6, 2014

In recent days, federal courts have issued injunctions barring enforcement of the HHS mandate, which compels most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and some abortifacients. Retired law professor Howard Fineman noted on the Religion Clause blog that … Continue reading »

Courts give some last-minute relief from HHS contraceptive mandate
Friday, January 3, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable … Continue reading »

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor late Tuesday night decided to … Continue reading »

Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. Court of Appeals Granting an Injunction in Archbishop of Washington, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Archdiocese of Washington is pleased that today the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an injunction that prevents the Archdiocese and its affiliates from having to choose between paying crippling fines or facilitating the … Continue reading »

Archbishop Kurtz Asks President Obama For Temporary Relief From Burdensome Fines Against Ministries Of Service To The Poor, Sick And Vulnerable
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked President Obama to temporarily exempt religious institutions from crippling fines if their insurance plans exclude sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. … Continue reading »

Catonsville nuns group not required to provide birth control under Obamacare, judge says
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A group of Catonsville nuns who claimed that the new federal health care law’s contraceptive coverage requirement would violate their religious beliefs are actually exempt from the mandate, a U.S. district judge concluded Friday. The Little Sisters of the Poor … Continue reading »

HBU wins ruling against birth control mandate
Monday, December 30, 2013

The federal government cannot force Houston Baptist University to pay for emergency contraception services as part of its employee health insurance plans, according to a ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal. The decision is a victory for HBU and East Texas Baptist … Continue reading »

Judge stalls contraception insurance mandate for diocese
Monday, December 30, 2013

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction preventing the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend from having to provide to its workers medical insurance that pays for contraception and sterilization services. The ruling is at least a short-term victory … Continue reading »

Texas Baptist universities win lawsuit against controversial HHS mandate
Friday, December 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday (Dec. 27) a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the … Continue reading »

Federal judge grants preliminary injunction in Oklahoma lawsuit against birth control mandate
Saturday, December 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge granted an injunction Friday that prohibits the government from enforcing the federal health care law’s requirement that insurance coverage include access to the morning-after pill and similar contraceptives on almost 200 religious organizations that … Continue reading »

Erie bishop comments on contraceptive ruling
Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Catholic Diocese of Erie issued the following statement in response to the granting of a permanent injunction today in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh that blocked imposition of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate for both the Erie diocese … Continue reading »

Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius
Saturday, December 21, 2013

In an astonishing decision that conflicts with the well-reasoned rulings of many other federal courts around the country, late Friday the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington and its … Continue reading »

NY judge orders first permanent block against HHS mandate
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major … Continue reading »

New York Archdiocese Wins Ruling on Contraception
Monday, December 16, 2013

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York was granted a federal injunction on Monday that blocks an Obama administration requirement to provide contraceptive care to employees at its nonprofit affiliates. The ruling found that the regulation violated the religious freedom of the … Continue reading »

Another Victory Against HHS Mandate “Accommodation”
Monday, December 16, 2013

In a carefully reasoned opinion issued today, federal district judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York ruled that various Catholic nonprofit institutions that were the supposed beneficiaries of the Obama administration’s phony accommodation on the HHS contraception mandate are entitled … Continue reading »

Notre Dame, on religious liberty grounds, sues for relief from federal mandate
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday (Dec. 3)re-filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana for relief from a mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that, contrary to Catholic teaching, … Continue reading »

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Hobby Lobby Case
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

For Immediate Release: November 26, 2013 Media Contact: Emily Hardman,ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224 WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to take up Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their … Continue reading »

Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie win injunction against Affordable Care Act
Friday, November 22, 2013

The right of church-related organizations to keep a clear conscience trumps the federal government’s desire to improve access to contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Thursday in a preliminary decision that could set the tone in a legal fight of national … Continue reading »

Pennsylvania dioceses file new lawsuits against HHS mandate
Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Diocese of Erie, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and related charities have filed new lawsuits to block enforcement of the HHS mandate, which goes into effect for religious charities on January 1. Judges dismissed previous lawsuits by the two dioceses … Continue reading »

Exhibit J, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of the Archdiocese of Washington in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit I, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of The Catholic University of America in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit H, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of the Catholic Information Center in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit G, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of Victory Housing, Inc. in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit F, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc. in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit E, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of Mary of Nazareth Roman Catholic Elementary School in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit D, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, Inc. in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit C, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of Archbishop Carroll High School in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit B, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of The Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc in support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Exhibit A, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed September 24, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Read the affidavit of the Archdiocese of Washington in support of the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction by visiting this link.

Willis Brothers Granted Preliminary Injunction Against HHS Mandate
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

THOMAS MORE LAW CENTER 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 PH: 734-827-2001, FX: 734-930-7160 NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: August  27, 2013 Contact: Catherine Garza Hake, 734-827-2001 ANN ARBOR, MI – This past Friday, Federal District Court Judge Colleen … Continue reading »

Hobby Lobby Wins Preliminary Injunction
Friday, July 19, 2013

After landmark 10th Circuit opinion, district court grants preliminary injunction For Immediate Release:  July 19, 2013 Media Contact: Stephen Siao,ssiao@becketfund.org, 202.349.7226 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a federal court granted Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. a preliminary injunction against the HHS abortion-drug mandate, preventing the government … Continue reading »

Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to the Finalization of the HHS Mandate
Friday, June 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2013 CONTACT: Chieko Noguchi, 301-853-4516 cnoguchi@adw.org After almost two years and over 400,000 public comments, the government today finalized the HHS mandate. We have begun to review the 110-page final rule to determine whether or … Continue reading »

Big Hobby Lobby Victory on HHS Mandate in Tenth Circuit
Friday, June 28, 2013

By a vote of 5 to 3, the en banc Tenth Circuit today reversed the district judge’s ruling (which I criticized here) that denied Hobby Lobby’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate that would require it to provide its employees insurance coverage for abortifacients. Continue reading »

Motion for summary reversal filed by the Archdiocese of Washington
Friday, April 5, 2013

Motion for summary reversal filed by the Archdiocese of Washington. Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington’s comments in response to the NPRM issued by the Department of Health and Human Services
Friday, April 5, 2013

Archdiocese of Washington’s comments in response to the NPRM issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Continue reading »

Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington – Motion for Summary Reversal in HHS Mandate Lawsuit Filed; Comments Filed with HHS on Latest Mandate Proposal
Friday, April 5, 2013

The Archdiocese of Washington took two steps yesterday to further its ongoing challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services Mandate, which requires employers to include abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in their employee health plans, or face crippling penalties for noncompliance. Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Files Notice of Appeal of U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius
Monday, March 25, 2013

The Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs have filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding the January dismissal of the archdiocese’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate. Continue reading »

Court rules that Catholic-owned company may challenge HHS mandate
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A US district court judge in western Pennsylvania has ruled a lawsuit filed by the Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company against the HHS mandate may proceed. The for-profit company is owned by a Catholic family. Continue reading »

AFA files suit over health insurance
Thursday, February 21, 2013

The American Family Association filed suit in federal court Wednesday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming health insurance mandates violate the organization’s religious liberty. Continue reading »

Nonprofits take contraception issue to court
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Religious nonprofits have begun to respond in court to the plan the Obama administration offered this month to shelter them from a mandate requiring certain employers to insure contraception — and it’s probably not what the White House wanted to hear. Continue reading »

Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in response to the announcement of a proposed revision to the HHS mandate
Friday, February 1, 2013

Today, the Administration issued a proposed revision to regulations pertaining to the HHS mandate. We will be studying the new regulations closely and look forward to making a more comprehensive statement at a later date. Continue reading »

Statement of Archdiocese of Washington in Response to U.S. District Court’s Decision in Archbishop of Washington et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius
Friday, January 25, 2013

Late today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs, asserting that the case is premature in light of the government’s promises to amend the HHS mandate. Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits of our case. Continue reading »

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al., Plantiff, v. Kathleen Sebelius, Seretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al., Defendants
Friday, January 25, 2013

Please click here to view the brief. Continue reading »

The HHS Mandate Takes It on the Chin Again With Ruling For The Founder of Domino’s Pizza
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Perhaps the Administration will scuttle this ridiculous rule out of embarrassment alone. I mean, the phony war on women trope worked well enough to secure reelection, but in reality, it isn’t holding up. Perhaps a miracle, much like the pending deal on the fiscal cliff, is imminent. Continue reading »

Court blocks enforcement of HHS mandate against Tom Monaghan and company
Thursday, January 3, 2013

A federal district court judge has ruled in favor of blocking enforcement of the HHS mandate against Tom Monaghan and his company, Domino’s Farms Corporation. According to the Thomas More Law Center, which filed the Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), Federal District Court Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that the mandate, which requires employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drug coverage in health care plans, cannot be enforced against Monaghan. Continue reading »

ACLJ Secures Appeals Court Injunction To Halt Enforcement of HHS Mandate for Illinois Company
Friday, December 28, 2012

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, achieved a significant victory today when a federal appeals court granted an emergency motion for an injunction putting the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on hold – preventing it from being enforced against an Illinois business and its owners. Continue reading »

Wheaton College, Appellant v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al., Appellees
Friday, December 21, 2012

Please click here to view the brief. Continue reading »

D.C. Circuit Victory for Challengers of HHS Mandate
Friday, December 21, 2012

In an important procedural ruling yesterday, the D.C. Circuit reversed two lower-court orders that dismissed lawsuits against the HHS mandate brought by Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College. Continue reading »

A New Suit Against the HHS Mandate
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday, Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Mennonite-owned cabinet manufacturer based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with 950 employees at plants around the country, has filed a lawsuit challenging the Health and Human Services mandate that employers provide “preventive services” in their health plans that include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. As the Inquirer reports, the company’s complaint says it would be “‘sinful and immoral for the company to participate in, pay for, facilitate or otherwise support any contraception’ that would have the effect of an abortion.” Continue reading »

Brief Amicus Curiae Of The Archdiocese Of St. Louis In Support Of Appellants And Reversal
Thursday, November 29, 2012

To read the full brief, please click here. Continue reading »

ACLJ Applauds Appeals Court Order Blocking Implementation Of HHS Mandate On Behalf Of Missouri Business Owner
Thursday, November 29, 2012

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, today applauded an order by a federal appeals court granting a motion for a preliminary injunction – an order that temporarily blocks the implementation of the HHS mandate against a Missouri business owner. Continue reading »

Federal Court Issues Injunction Against HHS Implementation of Obamacare Contraception Mandate
Thursday, November 29, 2012

A federal appeals court issued an injunction on Wednesday that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services from implementing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Continue reading »

Catholic bishops: No ‘grand bargain’ on contraceptives yet
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Commentator John Gehring asserts that Catholic hospitals and universities would not have to pay for birth control coverage for their employees under an accommodation with the Obama administration that requires insurance companies to pick up the tab (“Finding common ground,” Nov. 12). This is not true. Continue reading »

Church v. State: The Historic Lawsuits Over the HHS Abortifacient/Contraceptive Mandate
Thursday, November 15, 2012

On May 21, 2012, there began a confrontation between church and state unlike any in American history. Forty-three Catholic institutions filed twelve lawsuits in twelve federal courts seeking religious exemption from an HHS regulation. The regulation issued by the Obama administration to implement the Affordable Care Act required employers to provide their employees with medical insurance that included coverage for abortion-inducing drugs (known as “abortifacients”), contraceptives, and sterilization. Such coverage is contrary to Catholic Church teaching.
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Top bishop: We won’t give in on birth control rule
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court. Continue reading »

Post-Election Game Plan for the HHS Mandate
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.. Since 1980, Doerflinger has negotiated with legislators and the executive branch to advance pro-life legislation on Capitol Hill.

On Nov. 9, he spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about the 2012 election’s impact on the battle to overturn the federal contraception mandate, as well as other pro-life ramifications. He explained why legal challenges filed by for-profit companies have met with some success in the courts. And he reported on another legislative opportunity to strengthen conscience protections — the upcoming Labor/HHS appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, which includes an amendment similar to the Fortenberry-Blunt Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
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Judge backs Catholic firm over contraception mandate
Friday, November 2, 2012

A Catholic-owned family business in Michigan does not have to comply with the provision of the new U.S. healthcare law that requires private employers to provide employees with health insurance that covers birth control, a federal judge in Detroit has ruled. Continue reading »

Federal court exempts Mich. company from contraception mandate
Friday, November 2, 2012

A federal judge in Michigan threw out one lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate while handing a small victory to the policy’s critics in a separate suit. Continue reading »

Religious Freedom Is No Mere Hobby: Shocking Arguments Made By Obama Administration in Largest HHS Mandate Suit Yet
Friday, November 2, 2012

Today in a federal court in Oklahoma City, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty attorneys argued for the religious-liberty protection for David and Barbara Green. The Greens run Hobby Lobby with their children and have had to go to court to defend their religious liberty against the Obama administration’s so-called contraception mandate. Evangelicals, the Greens are opposed to the abortion-inducing drugs included in that mandate, joined with Catholics and other people of faith in business, religious institutions, and faith-based social-service organizations (including schools, hospices, hospitals…) who have gone to court in recent months in response to the coercive mandate. Continue reading »

Criswell College Files Lawsuit Against Obama Administration Over Coercive HHS Mandate
Friday, November 2, 2012

Today, Liberty Institute on behalf of its client Criswell College, a Christ-centered institution of higher learning located in the heart of Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the federal government’s HHS Mandate in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Continue reading »

38TH CASE FILED AGAINST HHS MANDATE
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Indiana-based Grote Industries is the latest to file suit against the ObamaCare mandate.

The vehicle lighting manufacturer objects on religious grounds to the requirements that it provide free insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception under threat of heavy penalties. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the company. Continue reading »

Religious freedom attacks threatens every American
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Despite 10 months of controversy — including a public clash between the White House and the U.S. Catholic bishops, countless rallies and protests across the country and the filing of dozens of federal lawsuits — many liberals and independents remain puzzled by the fight over the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. They don’t understand how conservatives can insist that the HHS mandate constitutes an unprecedented attack on religious freedom. Continue reading »

Fight Against HHS Mandate Picks Up Steam
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

While many differences exist in doctrine and/or points of emphasis among Christian denominations, some articles of faith remain consistent, and inviolable, for all Christians of traditionalist beliefs. Some of these points of agreement have important applications in the realm of public policy (and, by extension, in practical politics as well). Continue reading »

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launches media campaign to promote religious liberty: FirstAmericanFreedom.com
Saturday, October 27, 2012

To learn more, visit http://www.firstamericanfreedom.com

‘Reaching Out in Truth and Love’
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The striking confluence of the beginning of the Year of Faith and the annual recognition of Respect Life Month, set amidst the backdrop of a contentious election season, deepened both the sense of urgency and hope at the Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty in Washington. Continue reading »

Archbishop says defending life, liberty part of the New Evangelization
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

At a critical time for American Catholics to stand up in defense of life and religious freedom, they must engage in the New Evangelization, deepening their own faith and sharing it in their everyday lives and in the public square, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Continue reading »

Religious freedom: How Catholic faith is represented through acts of charity
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One of the deepest yearnings of the human heart is to be free. The desire to live freely is an expression of our personal dignity created in the image and likeness of God and made for a relationship with him. Human freedom is the power to become who we, as spiritual and bodily beings, have been created to be.
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Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty
Monday, October 15, 2012

On this beautiful autumn Sunday in which the Scripture readings speak to us about the wisdom of God, we have gathered from near and far on pilgrimage to this august basilica, dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, the Seat of Wisdom.
With Mary’s loving encouragement, we have come together to pray to the Holy Spirit for an outpouring of divine wisdom and for prudence, that we may have the understanding, the creativity and the courage to defend the God-given gifts of life and liberty in the context of our times. Continue reading »

Why the Little Sister of the Poor Oppose the HHS Mandate
Monday, October 15, 2012

As more lawsuits over the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate are filed, many religious groups still remain temporarily exempt from the rule as they wait for answers. Continue reading »

Catholic bishops rebuke Biden over contraception mandate claims
Monday, October 15, 2012

In a rare public rebuke, Catholic bishops chided Vice President Joe Biden for saying during Thursday’s vice-presidential debate that Catholic hospitals and institutions will not be forced to provide contraception coverage to employees. Continue reading »

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate
Friday, October 12, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees: “With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.” Continue reading »

Pharmacists’ Victory In Illinois Caps Seven-Year Fight for Conscience Rights
Thursday, October 11, 2012

On Friday, September 21, 2012, the Illinois Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s injunction against the State of Illinois that protects the right of pro-life pharmacy owners to refuse to stock and sell the morning-after pill and similar drugs that interfere with the development of human life at its earliest stages. In Morr-Fitz, Inc. et al., v. Pat Quinn, Governor, et al., the court held that the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act “protects plaintiffs’ decisions not to dispense emergency contraceptives due to their conscience beliefs.” Continue reading »

Archdiocese files suit over birth control mandate
Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has joined dozens of other religious institutions to have filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the so-called birth control mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Obama’s Bible Issue
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tyndale was left with no alternative but to go to court,” explains Mark D. Taylor, president and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers. On the day before the first presidential debate, the company, which Taylor’s parents started when he was eleven years old, filed the 31st lawsuit over the Department of Health and Human Services’ abortion-drug, sterilization, and contraception mandate. Continue reading »

Christian Bible publisher sues over HHS mandate
Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Christian Bible publisher has become the latest of nearly 100 plaintiffs to file a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate over religious liberty violations. Continue reading »

Cardinal George Speaks About Religious Liberty
Thursday, October 11, 2012

When about 300 people came to St. John Brebeuf Church’s ministry center Monday night to hear Cardinal Francis George speak, he joked it was amazing to see so many people who would rather hear about religious liberty than watch the Bears play. Continue reading »

Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Amid attacks on religious liberty at home and abroad, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington presented Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s “Declaration on Religious Freedom,” as an essential guide to a renewed defense of the “first freedom” and to religion’s culture-forming role in the public square. Continue reading »

Cardinal Wuerl Delivers “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty” Keynote
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington gave the keynote at Georgetown University’s symposium, “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty” hosted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. The event was part of the Berkley Center’s Religious Freedom Project. Continue reading »

Cardinal Dolan Delivers “Let Religious Freedom Ring” Lecture
Monday, September 17, 2012

His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a lecture to the members of the John Carroll Society titled, “Let Religious Freedom Ring.”

Cardinal Dolan is the Archbishop of New York and also serves as the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His remarks were delivered at the Newseum on September 10, 2012.
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Saving Rimsha, and Ourselves
Monday, September 17, 2012

Urgency,” “deepening crisis.” These were words used at a conference on international religious liberty at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on September 12. The timing of the gathering — which brought together activists, diplomats, and prominent religious leaders — took on a heightened significance as it occurred hours after our ambassador to Libya was killed, along with three other Americans, in attacks that were ostensibly about religion. Continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI urges interfaith dialogue in Middle East
Monday, September 17, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI signed a major document calling on Catholics in the Middle East to engage in dialogue with Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim neighbors, but also to affirm and defend their right to live freely in the region where Christianity was born. Continue reading »

Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage
Monday, September 17, 2012

Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation’s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs. Continue reading »

Clinton Declares Religious Freedom a National Interest
Monday, September 17, 2012

On July 30, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided a stalwart rationale for U.S. foreign policy on worldwide religious freedom, which is rooted in the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) signed by her husband. Secretary Clinton asserted: “For the United States . . . religious freedom is a cherished constitutional value, a strategic national interest, and a foreign policy priority.” This statement—of religious freedom as a strategic national interest—is the most powerful statement on this issue made by this administration. Continue reading »

Cardinal Dolan Spotlights Overseas Persecution
Monday, September 17, 2012

American Catholics’ concerns that the Obama health-law’s requirements threaten their religious freedom are “of a different order” to religious persecution overseas, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Cardinal Dolan traces historic role of religious freedom in US
Monday, September 17, 2012

To the enthusiastic reception of an audience of John Carroll Society members Sept. 10, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan traced the historic origins of U.S. religious freedom in light of a current battle with the government over those rights. Continue reading »

Cardinal Dolan: That ‘Conscience Thing’ Is ‘Ennobling,’ ‘Enlightened’
Monday, September 17, 2012

“Government has no business interfering in the internal life of the soul, conscience, or church,” Timothy Cardinal Dolan said Monday night at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In an event on religious liberty in America sponsored by the John Carroll Society, Cardinal Dolan sought to “restore the luster” on our “first and most cherished freedom.”
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Dolan Defends Religious Liberty
Monday, September 17, 2012

Addressing a largely Catholic audience Monday night at an event sponsored by the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Timothy Dolan emphasized the non-sectarian, non-partisan—catholic with a small “c”—nature of the fight for religious liberty. “It is not some far right, extremist cause,” Dolan said, but an “American human rights issue.” Continue reading »

Two More Evangelical Colleges Oppose HHS Anti-Conscience Mandate
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two more evangelical schools are challenging the Obama Administration’s anti-conscience mandate, filing a joint lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Continue reading »

Courts urged not to dismiss Catholic lawsuits against HHS mandate
Thursday, August 30, 2012

In a dozen courts around the country, attorneys representing more than 40 Catholic dioceses or institutions have filed briefs arguing against the federal government’s call to dismiss lawsuits against its contraceptive mandate. Continue reading »

Update from Jane Belford, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Washington
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Earlier this week, the Archdiocese of Washington and several other Catholic organizations filed a brief opposing the federal government’s motion to dismiss our lawsuit against the HHS mandate. As you may recall, our lawsuit was one of several filed in federal courts across the country on May 21. The government has filed motions to dismiss all of those cases on procedural grounds and thereby deny us our day in court. Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington opposes the government’s motion to dismiss HHS mandate lawsuit
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Washington filed its opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) unprecedented mandate that dramatically redefines religious ministry and requires religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for drugs and procedures in direct conflict with their religious beliefs. Continue reading »

Hercules should be honored
Monday, August 27, 2012

More than 30,000 people will move to Colorado this year; I became one of them in July when I came home after an 11-year absence. Continue reading »

The HHS-Mandate Battle
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On August 8, President Obama spoke to an audience of women in Denver. They provided the perfect backdrop for his charge that Governor Romney is waging a “war on women.” The president spoke of how Obamacare has made “contraceptives” even more available than they were before — though he did not mention that “contraceptives,” as he defines them, include medications that do not prevent conception but instead cause the death of new life after it is formed. Continue reading »

Denver proclamation pulled after Catholic firm sues over health care act
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Denver City Councilwoman Robin Kniech inserted herself into a national debate about health care last week when she withdrew a friendly proclamation for Hercules Industries after learning the Denver-based manufacturer had successfully sued for a temporary reprieve from the Affordable Health Care Act. Continue reading »

HHS Mandate is Officially Violating our Religious Liberty
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Obama administration’s HHS mandate went into effect last week, August 1, solidifying one of the largest assaults on religious liberty America has ever faced from its government.
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HHS mandate shouldn’t require leaving faith, values at home
Friday, August 3, 2012

Religion is a seven-day-a-week commitment. Pope Benedict XVI made that clear when he asked in 2008: “Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs?” His question of the U.S. bishops during his visit to Washington strikes home now, after a Colorado judge weighed in on the question. Continue reading »

HHS mandate: President Obama’s broken promise
Friday, August 3, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services’ so-called “contraception mandate” became official law Wednesday. And the moment that it did, the nature of religious freedom in this country was dramatically changed.
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Fighting the Good Fight for Religious Freedom
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

One part of the HHS mandate sadly goes into effect today.

You probably know all about the mandate by now. It’s the decree from the Secretary of Health and Human Services that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employer health care plans to include contraceptive services for women, including drugs called abortifacients. Although, in America’s finest tradition, the bill allows an exemption for religious reasons, it presumes to define just what a church’s ministry must be to qualify, a dramatic and unprecedented intrusion into the integrity of all faiths. My brother bishops and I – in welcome collaboration with other religious leaders – think that this mandate is wrong and misguided and have tried to work with the Administration to correct it. Continue reading »

Employers Move to Adapt to Health Law
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Two major provisions of the health-overhaul law take effect Wednesday, testing employers’ ability to adapt to changes the measure mandates.

The law requires employers to distribute millions of dollars in insurance-company refunds to workers whose plans spent a high percentage of their premium dollars on administrative expenses instead of medical care.
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Affordable Care Act Gives Government Permission to Play the Bully
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Affordable Care Act empowers the government to bully, tax and threaten every American, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to fall in line with the Health and Human Services mandate.

We must act now to protect religious institutions and employers who have to make a choice on August 1: violate their faith or pay $36,000 in taxes a year per employee to follow their faith. Continue reading »

A Chicken Sandwich & Religious Liberty
Saturday, July 28, 2012

In the past several months the Catholic Church has been alerting everyone in the nation to the great new dangers affecting religious freedom: The government determining what constitutes a Church, who belongs, and what services they may or may not offer, and to whom.
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Judge Backs Catholic Owners of Firm on Health-Law Rule
Friday, July 27, 2012

A federal judge on Friday granted a temporary injunction sought by Catholic owners of a Colorado heating-and-cooling company who had objected to new federal requirements that they provide contraception coverage in workers’ health-insurance plans. Continue reading »

Catholic Business Owners Seek Injunction to Halt HHS Mandate Compliance
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The federal courts may finally soon tackle the question of whether religious freedom is threatened by the federal government’s mandate that employer-provided health-insurance plans cover contraceptives and abortifacients.
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Searching for Mandate Solutions
Monday, July 23, 2012

Bishops Asses Bills to Protect Catholic Agencies From Obamacare

When talks between the White House and the U.S. bishops stalled this spring, Church leaders focused on an array of legal and legislative remedies designed to repeal a coercive federal contraception mandate.
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An Evangelical-Catholic Stand on Liberty
Thursday, July 19, 2012

American Evangelicals and Catholics have not always been the best of friends. But in recent years, many in both camps have moved from suspicion to mutual understanding and appreciation. Continue reading »

Evangelicals & Catholics Go to Court Together over the HSS Mandate
Thursday, July 19, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, yesterday, as he announced the filing of Wheaton v. Sebelius. They have a moral problem with the Affordable Care Act that begins on August 1 when implementation of the HHS contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drug mandate hits those institutions that do not qualify for the somewhat arbitrary and wholly insulting one-year waiver. (In a longer interview with me, Ryken calls it “offensive.”) Wheaton’s conscience clash with the government is over the abortion-drug part of the mandate. Continue reading »

College Joins Catholics on Contraception Challenge
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two federal judges have dismissed several challenges this week to President Obama’s contraception mandate, but the embattled requirement gained another legal opponent Wednesday when Wheaton College, one of the nation’s leading evangelical colleges, said it is going to court. Continue reading »

Wheaton College, Catholic University Jointly Sue Over Birth Control Mandate
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wheaton College, an evangelical institution, joined forces Wednesday with Catholic University of America to sue the government for requiring that it provide health insurance coverage for some abortifacient drugs to its employees and students. Continue reading »

One HHS Mandate Case Dismissed, Don’t Read too Much Into it
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Today’s decision by a federal district court in Nebraska to dismiss one of the many pending lawsuits against the HHS abortion-drug, contraception and sterilization mandate is unfortunate (and in one respect, seriously mistaken). But the decision turns on technicalities and doesn’t decide the merits of the dispute. Bear this context in mind if you should hear anyone trumpeting this decision as some sort of “victory” for the federal government on the religious-liberty questions at the heart of the HHS mandate litigation. It’s nothing of the sort. Continue reading »

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Joins Lawsuit Against HHS
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago joined an ongoing lawsuit in federal court today, seeking to overturn the mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To receive an exemption from the mandate, Catholic Charities must abandon its longstanding commitment, rooted in its Catholic faith, to serve the poor regardless of their religion. Continue reading »

McGurn: Community Organizers Sue Obama
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saul Alinsky may have dedicated his “Rules for Radicals” to Lucifer. Even so, the father of community organizing knew that his efforts would have gone nowhere in his hometown of Chicago without the help of an institution that had been serving the city’s poorest communities long before he arrived: the Catholic Church. Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington: Office of the Archbishop
Monday, July 9, 2012

Dear Friends,

Normally, our regular communications are suspended in July and August as so many are away and we all enjoy a break from our regular routines. The past weeks, however, have been a time of significance in the life of the Church that I think warrants further reflection. Continue reading »

Fortnight for Freedom – Religious Liberty and Its Contemporary Enemies
Friday, July 6, 2012

Independence Day concludes the Fortnight for Freedom mandated by the U.S. bishops, a two-week period of reflection and prayer on the defense of religious liberty that began on the vigil of the liturgical memorial of St. Thomas More. In July 2012, we may be grateful that none of us faces the headsman’s axe, as More did in Tudor England. But neither should we be indifferent to, or flippant about, the 21st century threats to religious liberty that surround us. They have yet to bring anyone to today’s equivalent of the scaffold on Tower Hill, but they are already putting severe pressure on both believers and religious institutions. Continue reading »

HHS mandate challengers receive unlikely support
Friday, July 6, 2012

Who would have thought that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion in Thursday’s healthcare decision would help opponents of the so-called contraceptive mandate? Continue reading »

The crime of circumcision
Friday, July 6, 2012

A district judge in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that ritual circumcision is a crime, violating “the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity,” which outweighs other parental and religious rights. “This change runs counter to the interests of the child,” the court concluded, “who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life.” Continue reading »

Peter Singer on Religious Freedom
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, has recently loosed his pen on the subject of religious freedom, arguing for the restriction of “the legitimate defense of religious freedom to rejecting proposals that stop people from practicing their religion.” Continue reading »

Archbishop Carlson joins interfaith leaders in signing letter of protest against HHS mandate
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has joined leaders of other religious groups in signing a letter drafted by the president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod supporting religious liberty. Continue reading »

Baltimore archbishop to address Italian religious freedom group
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The head of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, will address the first meeting of Italy’s Religious Liberty Observatory on June 28. Continue reading »

Cardinal Wuerl to crowd gathered for Celebration of Freedom: “Your faith is a remedy for what ails our society.”
Monday, June 25, 2012

Telling the gathered crowd, “We are called to deepen our own appreciation of our faith, renew our confidence in its truth and be prepared to share it with others,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, and the Archdiocese of Washington hosted a prayerful celebration of freedom as part of the Fortnight for Freedom in the archdiocese. At the “Celebration of Freedom,” thousands gathered for videos remembering and celebrating the history of the United States and the impact our Catholic faith has had on this country through the Catholic faithful, our parishes, schools, hospitals, social service ministries and Catholic Charities. Continue reading »

CHA head emphasizes: government program, not Catholic hospitals, should pay for contraceptive coverage
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The CEO of the Catholic Health Association has explained why the association recently called upon the Obama administration to broaden the religious exemption to the HHS mandate to include Catholic hospitals. Continue reading »

The NCBC Responds to HHS’ Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on ‘Preventive Services’
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

On June 18 the National Catholic Bioethics Center provided public comment in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preventive Services. Continue reading »

Knights of Columbus Files Formal Comment on HHS Mandate
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Knights of Columbus filed a formal comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today, calling on the government to rethink the unpopular healthcare Mandate that seeks to force many Catholic employers to cover interventions that violate their faith without regard for the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion. Continue reading »

Interfaith group urges that HHS mandate be changed to address religious freedom concerns
Monday, June 18, 2012

The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington issued a May 29 statement expressing concern that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate might require religiously affiliated institutions to “provide funds for health services that violate their conscience and religious beliefs.” Continue reading »

Catholic hospitals say Obama compromise on birth control for women employees is unworkable
Friday, June 15, 2012

Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. Continue reading »

Sr Carol to White House: The “Accommodation” Is “Unacceptable”
Friday, June 15, 2012

In a conspicuous turnabout, the trade-group representing the nation’s Catholic hospitals has said it is “deeply concerned with the approach” taken by the Obama administration to its proposed contraceptive mandate, and called for the Department of Health and Human Services to “instead use an expanded definition to exempt from” the new policy “not only churches, but also Catholic hospitals, health care organizations and other ministries of the church.” Continue reading »

Archbishop Lori: Labeling Knights of Columbus Partisan Is an Injustice
Friday, June 15, 2012

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore argued that it is an “injustice” to imply that the Knights of Columbus’ support for defending religious freedom creates a sense of partisanship. Continue reading »

The Catholic Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty
Friday, June 15, 2012

Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Pates, eminences, excellencies and assembled guests: It is an honor to be invited to appear before this convocation. I am grateful for the opportunity to address you on the subject of religious freedom — a matter of increasing importance to the Church and to the world. Continue reading »

Religious Freedom Dominates U.S. Bishops’ Meeting
Friday, June 15, 2012

As the U.S. bishops continue their battle against the federal government’s contraception mandate, they have been under increasing pressure to focus on a defense of the free exercise of Catholic institutions and set aside the issue of conscience protections for individual employers who oppose the new law on religious or moral grounds. Continue reading »

New Letter Opposes HHS Mandate’s Distinctions for Religious Groups
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More than 150 faith-based organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it creates class distinctions for religious groups. The mandate and its narrow exemption create a “two-class scheme” of religious organizations that “honors acts of worship while burdening those whose faith leads them to service in our common life,” they argued. Continue reading »

Editorial: “Religious freedom is not a partisan issue”
Saturday, June 9, 2012

In a June 8 column, the Washington Post’s Melinda Henneberger wonders, “Is Catholic Church taking on Obama?” The thesis of her column is that the U.S. Catholic bishops’ opposition to the HHS mandate, and even the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom campaign, are, in her view, a partisan get-out-the-vote effort to defeat President Obama in the November election. She is wrong on both counts. Continue reading »

After Spiking Catholic Lawsuit Against Obama, Networks Unleash Avalanche of Stories Hyping Vatican ‘Scandal’
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

While the networks largely ignored 43 Catholic institutions suing the Obama administration over the ObamaCare contraception mandate, since news broke on May 25 of the Pope’s butler leaking classified Vatican documents, those same networks saw fit to provide 13 stories in 5 days proclaiming “another black eye for the Vatican” and supposed “corruption at some of the highest levels.” Continue reading »

Unconscionable mandate: Obamacare is set to trample the sanctity of human life
Monday, June 4, 2012

“We have tried negotiation with the [Obama] administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there’s still no fix. Time is running out.” Continue reading »

The Church Pushes Back
Monday, June 4, 2012

It was all too predictable that the filing of twelve different lawsuits by 43 different Catholic entities was almost completely ignored by traditional news outlets. One would think that this type of strong, coordinated legal attack in federal court, filed by one of the nation’s leading law firms (Jones Day) on behalf of the nation’s largest single religious denomination, would be deemed a top news story. The networks apparently disagreed — as did the New York Times, which ran the story on page A17. Continue reading »

Catholic Church Goes to Court: What Can We Expect?
Thursday, May 31, 2012

On May 21 the Catholic Church in the United States went to court.

In an unprecedented spate of lawsuits filed throughout the country, the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, along with such leading Catholic institutions as Notre Dame and Catholic Charities, joined a host of Catholic institutions seeking to have judges rule that the Obama administration’s contraception, abortion and sterilization mandate violates religious liberty. Continue reading »

NYTimes Wrong Again
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Every time I go to the New York Times editorial page, I feel like Charlie Brown running towards the football, held by Lucy, hoping for a connection. And, like Mr. Brown, every time, I come away feeling pained by the effort. Continue reading »

Rev. Wester and Dowd
Thursday, May 31, 2012

In an age of sound-bite journalism, the Catholic Church’s positions on complex issues are often relegated to simplified remarks. While we respect the opinions of others, it is essential to avoid simplifying the current religious liberty debate to the point of distortion, as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, unfortunately, did in her May 24 column in The Tribune (“Father doesn’t know best,” Opinion). Continue reading »

The Power of No
Thursday, May 31, 2012

The right to say no is a powerful force in America’s history.

Government may not compel conscience. Pacifists can conscientiously object to military service. Students cannot be forced to pledge allegiance to the flag. Continue reading »

Henninger: Church Is Still Not State
Thursday, May 31, 2012

How ironic it will be if Catholic voters, about 27% of the electorate, put the first Mormon in the White House some 50 years after John F. Kennedy became the first Catholic president. More telling, though, about the current state of the American mind will be the fact that after more than a thousand days and events in Barack Obama’s presidency, the reason for this result will be an unexpected reaffirmation of an American principle older than the country’s first presidential election: the free exercise of religion. Continue reading »

Cardinal Wuerl on contraception mandate
Monday, May 28, 2012

Cardinal Wuerl appeared on Fox News Sunday on Sunday, May 26, 2012 Continue reading »

Clarification by Bishop Stephen Blaire in regard to comments on the HHS Mandate
Friday, May 25, 2012

I wish to clarify some misunderstandings related to my comments about the HHS Mandate. First of all, I stand solidly with my brother bishops in our common resolve to overturn the unacceptable intrusion of government into the life of the Church by the HHS Mandate. In March, the Administrative Committee issued a statement of commitment to persuade the Administration to eliminate this interference, the Congress to overturn it or the courts to stop it. I contributed to and voted for this statement, and continue to support it, including its call for legal action as was announced on Monday. Continue reading »

Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop William Lori on the Religious Freedom Lawsuits against the Government
Friday, May 25, 2012

On EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington D.C. and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore discuss the religious freedom lawsuits brought by 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions over the federal health care mandate. Continue reading »

Catholic University’s lawsuit against the federal government is a matter of religious liberty
Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Catholic University of America has joined dozens of Catholic institutions across the country in filing suit against the U.S. government because the administration has refused to take seriously our profoundly held conviction that the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services intrudes on our constitutionally protected religious liberty by attempting to compel us to provide surgical sterilization and contraceptives to those whom we insure. Continue reading »

Protecting Our Catholic Conscience In The Public Square
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From an early age, Catholics are taught to see God in their neighbor. The Catholic faith finds its fullest expression in a loving act of sacrifice by one stranger for another. Imagine the church’s surprise, then, to be told by the federal government that when a Catholic organization serves its neighbors, it isn’t really practicing its religion. Continue reading »

Taking a Stand Against an Assault on Conscience: What the Government Does to Catholics, It Can Do To Everyone
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Congratulations to the local and state institutions joining in the Roman Catholic Church’s brave and principled stand against the federal government’s brazen assault on religious liberty – the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, the universities of Notre Dame and Saint Francis, and Our Sunday Visitor. Continue reading »

Catholics in Court
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The religious-liberty lawsuit against ObamaCare is historic. The 12 federal lawsuits filed Monday by 43 Catholic plaintiffs against the Obama Administration’s birth-control mandate are a big political and Constitutional moment. The nation’s most prominent Catholic institutions are saying that the same federal government they have viewed for decades as an ally in their fight for social justice is now a threat to their religious liberty. Continue reading »

Catholic Bishops Aren’t Sitting Still for President Obama’s Contraceptive Mandate
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The nation’s Catholic bishops have mounted a powerful legal challenge to the Obama administration’s mandate that they provide free coverage for contraceptives to employees of church-affiliated organizations. Continue reading »

Catholics won’t go quietly
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In a blowout presidential election, a few large issues dominate. In a tight election, a range of smaller concerns — important to strategic constituencies in battleground states — can end up being crucial. Continue reading »

Obama’s grand miscalculation with Catholics
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The news Monday that 43 different Catholic entities across the country are suing the Obama administration, in response to the Health and Human Services’ (HHS) rule mandating employer health care coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, comes as a blow to the president’s strength among Catholics, a demographic that helped carry him to victory in 2008. Continue reading »

Majority of Americans Support First Amendment Conscience Rights and Exemptions in Health Care
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

As America’s bishops and Catholic organizations around the country file lawsuits to protect their First Amendment rights from the government’s health care mandate, a new survey finds that a significant majority of Americans support the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons. Continue reading »

Catholic Institutions Sue U.S. Government Over Health Care
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has joined other Catholic organizations that on Monday sued the Obama Administration over provisions of the new health care law that would require employers to offer contraception services in their health care plans, arguing the proposal violates First Amendment protection for religious freedom. Continue reading »

Dolan: White House is “strangling” Catholic church
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The spat between Catholic leaders and the Obama administration over its contraception policies is heating up again, with one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic leaders charging that the White House is “strangling” the church over the matter. Continue reading »

Catholic Official: Obama Contraception Mandate ‘Unprecedented, Preposterous’
Monday, May 21, 2012

The Obama administration’s definition of what constitutes a religious organization is so narrow that Mother Teresa herself would have not have qualified, a prominent Catholic official told Newsmax on Monday. Continue reading »

Why the Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government
Monday, May 21, 2012

The main goal of the contraception mandate is not to protect women’s health. It is a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda. Continue reading »

Catholic Organizations Across the Country File Suit Against Contraception Mandate
Monday, May 21, 2012

Some of the most influential Catholic institutions in the country filed suit against the Obama administration Monday over the so-called contraception mandate, in one of the biggest coordinated legal challenges to the rule to date.
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The Mandate War
Monday, May 21, 2012

At stake is nothing less than the future of civil society in the United States. The battle for religious freedom between the Catholic Church in the United States and the Obama administration just entered the second quarter. Continue reading »

Obama Catholic Contraception Fight Isn’t Over As Church Sues
Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday the Catholic Church filed 12 different federal lawsuits against the administration on behalf of 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations ranging from local Catholic Charities to parish schools, hospitals, and colleges. The lawsuits are in response to last year’s ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services, known as the HHS, which mandates all healthcare plans must provide sterilizations and abortion-inducing contraceptives for free, with an exemption for churches only, not broader religious organizations. Only churches which serve solely the members of the same faith are exempt; religious organizations which serve the general public are not covered—the most narrowly defined “conscience clause” ever adopted under federal law. Continue reading »

Archdiocese of Washington Files Lawsuit Defending Religious Freedom
Monday, May 21, 2012

Today, the Archdiocese of Washington filed a legal action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) unprecedented mandate dramatically redefining religious ministry and requiring religious organizations to provide coverage for drugs and procedures in direct conflict with their religious beliefs. Archbishop Carroll High School, Inc.; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.; the Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.; and The Catholic University of America are also plaintiffs in the same action. This local lawsuit is one of 12 actions filed nationwide today, on behalf of 43 separate Catholic institutions around the country. Continue reading »

Cardinal Wuerl: Defending Our First Freedom In Court
Monday, May 21, 2012

This morning, the Archdiocese of Washington filed a lawsuit to challenge the mandate, recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that fundamentally redefines the nation’s long-standing definition of religious ministry and requires our religious organizations to provide their employees with coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization, even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Just as our faith compels us to uphold the liberty and dignity of others, so too, we must defend our own. Continue reading »

Pope Says ‘Radical Secularism’ is Threat to Freedom of Religion, Conscience in United States
Monday, May 21, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that “radical secularism” threatens the core values of American culture, and he called on the church in America, including politicians and other laypeople, to render “public moral witness” on crucial social issues. Continue reading »

At Installation, Baltimore’s New Archbishop Emphasizes Nation’s Heritage of Religious Liberty
Friday, May 18, 2012

At his May 16 Installation Mass, new Baltimore Archbishop William Lori drew upon the heritage of that historic archdiocese to underscore the importance of religious freedom for all Americans and for all people of faith. Continue reading »

Chancellor Encourages Catholic Students to Join Effort to Defend Religious Freedom
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Amid growing threats to religious freedom in the United States, Catholics should stand united in defending the “first freedom,” said Jane Belford, the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, in a May 7 talk at Oakcrest School in McLean. She addressed about 120 students from the upper school of the all-girls’ Catholic school that is sponsored by the prelature of Opus Dei. Continue reading »

Cardinal Says Religious Liberty is Issue at Stake With Mandate
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In recent interviews about the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl underscored that the key issue at stake is religious freedom. The cardinal and other bishops conducted media interviews this past week to shed light on the Catholic Church’s stance on the HHS mandate controversy. Continue reading »

HHS Mandate Threatens Our Freedom
Thursday, February 2, 2012

In an unseasonably warm winter, the Obama Administration’s Jan. 20 decision reaffirming its mandate for health insurance plans to cover abortifacient drugs, sterilization and contraceptives should strike a chill in all Americans who value their religious freedom and conscience rights. Continue reading »

About Preserve Religious Freedom

This lawsuit is about religious freedom and our ability to serve the public, not about contraception. The Church maintains that the First Amendment protects the Catholic Church's ability to serve the public in accordance with its faith and to operate its religious institutions without government interference. The argument challenges the way the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines what is, and is not, a religious institution. By including an exemption at all, the government apparently agrees that, in keeping with decades of practice and precedent, religious institutions should not be compelled to purchase drugs or procedures that violate deeply held religious or moral beliefs.

But, the Administration's HHS mandate defines religious ministry so narrowly that religious schools, hospitals, and social services don't qualify as religious, and must therefore provide these drugs and procedures. This violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. It forces religious organizations to sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving the public. Read more about the plaintiffs filing this lawsuit here.

Preserve Religious Freedom
c/o Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

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