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

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Posted on: Friday, May 25th, 2012
Original publication date: May 24, 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.

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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