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TV Network Started by Cloistered Nun Sues Sebelius
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Posted on 02/09/2012 5:17:48 PM PST by Sub-Driver

TV Network Started by Cloistered Nun Sues Sebelius By Terence P. Jeffrey February 9, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)--founded in 1981 by Mother M. Angelica, a cloistered Roman Catholic nun belonging to the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration--has filed suit against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other senior officials in the Obama administration arguing that a new regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations and contraceptives—including those that cause abortions—is a violation of the organization’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

“EWTN’s sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit it from providing coverage for contraception, sterilization, abortion, or related education and counseling,” says a complaint the network filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The network is headquartered in Irondale, Ala.

In addition to Sebelius, the suit also names as defendants Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

EWTN says that it is the world’s largest Catholic media network. According to its complaint, it produces eight different video, radio and Internet services and reaches 217 million homes in 144 countries. The network has 175 affiliated broadcast stations in the United States alone.

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KEYWORDS: ewtn; obamacare; zerocare
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1 posted on 02/09/2012 5:17:50 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I can hear them laughing all the way from here.


2 posted on 02/09/2012 5:23:13 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: the invisib1e hand

With all due respect,nuns are tough broads.


3 posted on 02/09/2012 5:24:57 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Sub-Driver

EWTN has now made Obama`s enemies list and will probably pay dearly, but I`m glad they`re making a stand.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 5:26:05 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Mears
With all due respect,nuns are tough broads.

No doubt.

5 posted on 02/09/2012 5:26:55 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Anyone who underestimates EWTN is a fool.


6 posted on 02/09/2012 5:27:06 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Sub-Driver

The whole issue is being mis-framed as a violation only of the freedom of religion of religious employers. The fact of the matter is that it is a violation of the freedom of religion of anyone who opposes abortion and contraception and is an employer. My brother is a partner in a law firm he co-founded. He has an agreement with his partners not to include abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, or contraceptives in their employee Heath plan. He did this over 20 years ago because he accepts the Catholic Church’s teachings on these issues. If this mandate stands, then his freedom of religion not to cooperate in abortion and contraception are also being violated. In fact, the FREEDOM of EVERYONE not to do so is being violated, whether or not they choose to use that freedom.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 5:30:22 PM PST by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Sub-Driver
EWTN
8 posted on 02/09/2012 5:30:41 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Sub-Driver

great station, glad to hear it


9 posted on 02/09/2012 5:30:41 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Sub-Driver

Time for a donation to EWTN. I think they have a link at EWTN to assist in the lawsuit


10 posted on 02/09/2012 5:31:32 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: StonyMan451

where is this firm? I wish I could find similar to work for


11 posted on 02/09/2012 5:31:58 PM PST by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Anyone who underestimates EWTN is a fool.

Hmmm, now I wonder what you mean by that...

I'm sure the courts can be trusted to rule justly. I'm equally sure that the United States of America doesn't have 55,000,000 innocent lives to atone for.

12 posted on 02/09/2012 5:33:37 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am glad they are taking a stand. But my wife brought up an interesting point. Why now? Many states have similar mandates.


13 posted on 02/09/2012 5:36:40 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

My money’s on Mother Angelica.


14 posted on 02/09/2012 5:40:28 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Sub-Driver; narses; Salvation; NYer; wagglebee; little jeremiah; Sun; antonius

How is Mother Angelica doing, anyway? She seems to have dropped out of sight.


15 posted on 02/09/2012 5:46:53 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Mears
With all due respect,nuns are tough broads.

I went to Catholic school a long time ago. We had an elderly nun who liked to carry a little souvenir baseball bat, swinging it around as she walked down the hallway. Nobody messed with Sister!
16 posted on 02/09/2012 5:50:00 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: redgolum

We don’t have that lefty O’Connor on the court anymore. We might just have a different outcome.


17 posted on 02/09/2012 5:57:13 PM PST by mimaw
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To: Deo volente

> I went to Catholic school a long time ago.

Heh.

I went to Don Bosco Technical High School on Warrenton Street in Boston.

Those Salesian brothers weren’t lightweights, either.


18 posted on 02/09/2012 5:57:21 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
She had a stroke awhile back and is not making public appearances any more. She is still doing o.k., considering, and her sisters are I'm sure taking good care of her.

Update on Mother Angelica

19 posted on 02/09/2012 6:04:19 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Clintonfatigued

I was at a conference this summer & an update was given on her condition. Sounded like she’s bedridden & pretty much nonverbal but she offers her suffering up to our Lord.


20 posted on 02/09/2012 6:07:32 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Deo volente

“carry a little souvenir baseball bat”


Hysterical.

She probably would have been a great DH for The American League.


21 posted on 02/09/2012 6:07:41 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is a rope-a-dope folks.

There will never be any court case... well, let me re-phrase that: As long as a court case would not benefit zer()’s re-election, there will be NO court case. And no way no how does it help his re-election.

There will probably be an out-of-court settlement, giving a waiver to EWTN. It will be done in a way that maximizes the public sigh of relief, maximizes zer() adoration, and maximizes the votes.


22 posted on 02/09/2012 6:09:42 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: Sub-Driver
I hope EWTN makes this lawsuit nice and loud and stinky!!!
23 posted on 02/09/2012 6:13:44 PM PST by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: C210N

More discrimination waivers and exemptions, from the real discriminators.

Arbeitsziehungslager


24 posted on 02/09/2012 6:20:29 PM PST by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Deo volente
We had an elderly nun who liked to carry a little souvenir baseball bat, swinging it around as she walked down the hallway. Nobody messed with Sister!

I had Felician nuns who could miraculously materialize a yard stick at a moments notice. No one could ever figure out where on their habits they hid them. We chalked up as one of God's mysteries.

I had Sister Consolata in sophomore biology. Though in her sixties at the time, she could pitch a blackboard eraser with unerring accuracy. It didn't hurt much, but your hair looked like it had prematurely aged.

25 posted on 02/09/2012 6:21:15 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: C210N
You are probably right about the offer of a waiver, but these waivers are a crock.

Their purpose is to temporarily appease opponents of the mandate until after the November 2012 election after which -if Obama wins - he will not have to worry about reelection and can be as radical as he pleases.

26 posted on 02/09/2012 6:22:07 PM PST by Sons of Union Vets (No taxation without representation!)
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To: Sub-Driver

2:14

St. Valentine, “buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, he was born on April 16.”

(Source: wikipedia)

Bible verses, 2:14 (KJV)

Luke: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

2 Corinthians: Now thanks be unto God, which always causethus to triumphin Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

1 Corinthians: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

James: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

John: And foundin the temple those that soldoxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting

Ephesians: For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]

On 2/14/2012, at 12 o’clock noon, I wish to request that everyone stop and recite the Lord’s prayer and these verses. If you are in a car, at a stoplight, let traffic wait. If you are at work, stop what you are doing.

We need to get down on one knee, all of us, and pray to God Almighty and tell Him that we do, in fact, love Him, just as He loves us.

One time, years ago, I was in a certain foreign country during a huge strike over oil prices. Truckers with tomatoes, cars, everytbing came to a standstill, and they stalled everything as people tried to get to work.

And, it worked. A few days later, the point was made, changes occurred and people went back to work.

Viva Italia

We can do this here, without crawling on our bellies to the steps of a national government that cuts us to ribbons and the children out of our women.

If it’s good enough for Tim Tebow to get down on one knee in front of God and everybody, it should be good enough for us, too.


27 posted on 02/09/2012 6:44:31 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: StonyMan451
The irony...contraceptives and abortions are dirt cheap.

They just love the power, love sticking it to people who resent this tyrannizing. There is no impediment at all to getting BC or even abortions.

28 posted on 02/09/2012 6:52:39 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Sub-Driver

Sibelius be messing with the wrong nun!

Go Mother A!


29 posted on 02/09/2012 7:11:00 PM PST by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Tonight on EWTN’s “The World Over” with Raymond Arroyo, he mentioned Mother Angelica was going to celebrate her 89th birthday this week.


30 posted on 02/09/2012 7:33:26 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: StonyMan451

Everyone’s freedom is violated because EVERYONE has to pay for it in their co-pays and/or monthly premiums, even if they would personally choose not to have that option for themselves, WE ALL must pay for those services for everyone else.

I should not have to be forced to supplement the costs for abortions, abortion services, contraception, contraception devices, including the morning after pill, and/or abortion counseling services and/or providers.


31 posted on 02/09/2012 7:38:43 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Sub-Driver

Sr. Angelica fought liberal bishops and won.


32 posted on 02/09/2012 7:47:31 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Sub-Driver

Mother Angelica — you will win!


33 posted on 02/09/2012 8:28:18 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: yldstrk

They often have jobs listed on their website.

http://www.ewtn.com/

Eternal Word Television Network!


34 posted on 02/09/2012 8:30:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: StonyMan451

“He did this over 20 years ago because he accepts the Catholic Church’s teachings on these issues.”

Unfortunately his Church (of which I am also a member) doesn’t seem concerned with his quandary, only their own.


35 posted on 02/09/2012 10:10:26 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: TASMANIANRED
"Sr. Angelica fought liberal bishops and won."

That was the greatest confrontation I ever saw! The bishops told Mother A that they were going to confiscate the station if she didn't comply with their liberal b/s. She said, "I'll burn it to the ground, first!" Then she sold it to Deacon Bill for $1.

36 posted on 02/09/2012 10:16:38 PM PST by redhead (Don't take what doesn't belong to you. LIFE BELONGS TO GOD.)
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To: Deo volente
I went to Catholic school a long time ago. We had an elderly nun who liked to carry a little souvenir baseball bat, swinging it around as she walked down the hallway. Nobody messed with Sister!

Considering how many bats I "autographed" in sister school, if I would have become a baseball player of some renown they could have built a Cathedral with the bat auction proceeds.

37 posted on 02/09/2012 10:47:38 PM PST by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: Deo volente

I attended a strict Catholic HS too. A wooden ruler hurts a lot too, let’s put it that way.


38 posted on 02/10/2012 1:19:52 AM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Do not mess with the nuns, they can be TOUGH COOKIES.


39 posted on 02/10/2012 4:09:54 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well we remember the movie the “Mighty Macs” from last year and those nuns sure look “tough”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_VXhJCetwc


40 posted on 02/10/2012 4:15:03 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: C210N
I am watching Fox & FRiends right now, and a coming segment has been introduced as, Archbishop Dolan, saying Obama is not to be trusted. He was lied to.

Doesn't matter what Obama does now, he has lost the trust of many who believed him. Even EJ Dionne is ticked off big time and speaking out about it.

41 posted on 02/10/2012 4:19:20 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Mears; the invisib1e hand; Huntress

On that note, Jerry Pournelle had an interesting anecdote in his commentary on this move by Obama and Sibelius. It is worth posting here:

“Some years ago the California legislature contemplated a law that would require any hospital that had a maternity ward to perform abortions on demand.

The elderly Mother Superior who ran St. Joseph’s hospital went to the legislature and said as follows:

‘I am as abbess of the order that owns this hospital a corporation sole, and I own this hospital. If you pass this law I will send all the patients to other hospitals, discharge the staff, cancel all the insurance policies, and order the demolition of all the buildings. Thank you.’

Now she was very much of the Old School, and no one doubted she meant every word of it. The law never got to the floor of the assembly. I have no idea what President Obama thinks he is doing here, but I cannot see how this will help him be reelected.”

Hopefully today’s clergy will awaken the laity en mass. This nun sure is taking appropriate action.


42 posted on 02/10/2012 4:45:47 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Sub-Driver; Mears
Hussein and his minions are d@amn fools.

Who messes with a nun?

Who messes with a nun that looks like a pirate? :)


43 posted on 02/10/2012 5:46:59 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Mears

In all the years I spent in Catholic schools, I never saw a nun strike a student. But then, I never saw a nun that needed to strike a student!


44 posted on 02/10/2012 7:31:43 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: yldstrk
where is this firm? I wish I could find similar to work for

The suit is being brought by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on behalf of EWTN.

45 posted on 02/10/2012 10:40:50 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: kearnyirish2
Unfortunately his Church (of which I am also a member) doesn’t seem concerned with his quandary, only their own.

What gives you that impression? The Bishops are not looking for a waiver for Catholic organizations. They are fighting it as a First Amendment issue, which pertains to everyone, Catholic or not.

46 posted on 02/10/2012 10:43:12 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Daffynition

Why is she wearing the eye patch? Does it have something to her strokes, or does she have some disease specific to her eye?


47 posted on 02/10/2012 11:44:51 AM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Mears

You are absolutely right on that “tough broads” description. I went to schools taught by nuns for 12 years. I know they are tough (but in a good way).


48 posted on 02/10/2012 1:14:10 PM PST by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: SuziQ

“The Bishops are not looking for a waiver for Catholic organizations. They are fighting it as a First Amendment issue, which pertains to everyone, Catholic or not.”

They had no problem with “ObamaCare”, and certainly aren’t mentioning religious exemptions for this man’s private company (although he is a Catholic). That was the battle to fight, and they didn’t even show up.


49 posted on 02/10/2012 1:15:00 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: FreedomPoster
This nun sure is taking appropriate action.

I think so, insofar as doing nothing is irresponsible.

We are dealing with rank evil, worshippers of death. They know no fear of God nor have any common sense. Intellectually, they are suicide bombers. They are, I assure you, laughing. The only answer they know to resistance more force, and they have as much of it as anyone on this planet can have.

The fool is the one who underestimates how must destruction they will cause before they are annihilated.

50 posted on 02/10/2012 5:19:56 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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