Skip to comments.Baltimore's Archbishop Lori joins lawsuit against HHS mandate
Posted on 03/13/2014 2:10:35 PM PDT by Welchie25
Archbishop William E. Lori, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Review Media (CRMedia) are part of a federal lawsuit filed March 12 to stop a Health and Human Services mandate under the Affordable Care Act they believe would require them to provide health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma by the newly formed Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), an Oklahoma City-based organization representing nearly 200 Catholic employers and 19,000 employees nationwide.
The CBA recently formed the Catholic Insurance Company to arrange for health provider networks to provide coverage that wont violate their religious convictions.
In a telephone interview with the Catholic Review March 12, Archbishop Lori said the lawsuit was filed to defend First-Amendment rights.
We do not think it is appropriate for Health and Human Services to tell religious employers that they must include in their health insurance plan items that are contrary to the Catholic moral teaching, said Archbishop Lori, president of the CBA and the Catholic Insurance Company.
The mandate includes an exemption for some religious employers such as Catholic dioceses themselves. Separately incorporated organizations, such as Catholic-affiliated charities and universities, are not exempt.
HHS provides an accommodation for nonprofit religious organizations, allowing coverage for morally objectionable services to be provided by a third-party. But opponents of the mandate believe such an accommodation still requires them to be involved in providing coverage they believe to be immoral.
Religious liberty certainly includes the freedom to worship, Archbishop Lori said, but it also means that an institution that seeks to be Catholic is not only Catholic externally, but also in the way it operates.
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The liberal Cino’s in Maryland have got to be screaming at this!
Make sure to say hi to abortion/homosexual marriage/Obamacare supporter Martin Owe-Mally as he STILL walks up and gets communion at St Mary’s Church in Annapolis.
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