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Clarification by Bishop Stephen Blaire in regard to comments on the HHS Mandate

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 »

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop William Lori on the Religious Freedom Lawsuits against the Government

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 »

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Catholic University’s lawsuit against the federal government is a matter of religious liberty

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 »

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Protecting Our Catholic Conscience In The Public Square

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 »

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

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 »

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Catholics in Court

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 »

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Catholic Bishops Aren’t Sitting Still for President Obama’s Contraceptive Mandate

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 »

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Catholics won’t go quietly

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 »

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Obama’s grand miscalculation with Catholics

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 »

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Majority of Americans Support First Amendment Conscience Rights and Exemptions in Health Care

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 »

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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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