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Miami archdiocese sues over 'real threat' from HHS mandate
cna ^ | October 19, 2012 | Carl Bunderson

Posted on 10/20/2012 7:29:34 AM PDT by NYer

Archbishop Thomas Wenski speaks during an Oct. 19, 2012 press conference on the HHS lawsuit by the Archdiocese of Miami. Credit: Ana Rodriguez-Soto/Florida Catholic.

Miami, Fla., Oct 19, 2012 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Miami and two other Catholic entities filed a lawsuit today against the HHS mandate, adding to the dozens of lawsuits already filed in the matter.

“The HHS mandate represents a real threat … we cannot just sit back and let our religious freedoms be taken away from us,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami told CNA Oct. 19.

Bolstering Catholic identity and teaching what it means to be a Catholic were also on the archbishop's mind.

“I think listening to Vice President Biden's remarks at his debate when he alleged there was no problem with the Church and the administration, also underscores the urgency of the problem, that there is a problem.”

The archdiocese in the person of Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Health Services, and Catholic Hospice are the plaintiffs in the suit. It challenges the mandate as a violation of Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and of three parts of the First Amendment: its free exercise, establishment, and free speech clauses.

“If we can rescind the mandate, we will be able to maintain our freedom to serve in ways that are congruent with our Catholic identity and our Catholic principles, and therefore (the rule) will not present us with an obstacle that could in fact jeopardize our individual salvation,” Archbishop Wenski said.

Archbishop Wenski emphasized that the suit would help the Church in Miami continue providing health services and other care to the people of southern Florida.

“These health services that we offer and our Catholic charities … are a witness to what we believe about the human person, about human dignity, which is informed by our faith,” he explained.

The lawsuit was announced at a 3:00 p.m. press conference at the archdiocese's Pastoral Center on Oct. 19.

The mandate requires that virtually all employers, even religious ones, provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, despite any moral and religious reservations of conscience they might have.

To date, more than 100 plaintiffs have filed at least 33 other lawsuits against the federal government challenging the Department of Health and Human Services mandate.

Plaintiffs include religious organizations, for-profit businesses and private individuals. Several non-Catholic employers and religious institutions have challenged the suit, including Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, two Baptist universities and the Bible publisher Tyndale House.

The Obama administration has proposed an accommodation for religious employers, but the details are not yet clear and have not been finalized. The administration has opposed congressional efforts to provide a broad religious exemption to the controversial mandate.

Employers who do not comply with the mandate face fines of $100 per employee per day.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: biden; hhs

1 posted on 10/20/2012 7:29:43 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
“I think listening to Vice President Biden's remarks at his debate when he alleged there was no problem with the Church and the administration, also underscores the urgency of the problem, that there is a problem.”

Lol! In 1984, Mario Cuomo pioneered the argument that one may be “personally opposed” to abortion while supporting abortion rights.

Ever since, this convenient locution has become a staple for countless Democratic politicians, particularly Catholic ones. It is Vice President Joe Biden’s view and was Senator John Kerry’s stance when he ran for president in 2004.

Cuomo’s argument was a mess. For instance, in order to buttress his argument, he touted the (alleged) refusal of American Catholic bishops to forcefully denounce slavery. The bishops “weren’t hypocrites; they were realists,” Cuomo explained. They offered a “measured attempt to balance moral truths against political realities.”

2 posted on 10/20/2012 7:31:25 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

If it took until Biden’s idiotic remarks to get Wenski off of his penguin backside to file suit that says all one needs to know about Wenski.

3 posted on 10/20/2012 7:47:07 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
that says all one needs to know about Wenski.

And what does it say about those bishops who haven't filed suit and have no plans to? My own feeling is "Better late than never!"

4 posted on 10/20/2012 8:06:13 AM PDT by maryz
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To: NYer
Lol! In 1984, Mario Cuomo pioneered the argument that one may be “personally opposed” to abortion while supporting abortion rights.

I've always understood it was Drinan who started that while he was in Congress (1971-1981).

5 posted on 10/20/2012 8:10:02 AM PDT by maryz
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Catholic bishops are in a tough spot. They are ardently anti-abortion while they are the biggest cheerleaders of the Dem policies of envy, jealousy, greed, bitterness and coveting other people’s wealth. It is Catholic bishops and voters who are largely responsible for pro-abortion, pro homosex marriage politicians being in power.. Without their support the jackass party would be history.

6 posted on 10/20/2012 8:15:09 AM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: all the best

** It is Catholic bishops and voters who are largely responsible for pro-abortion, pro homosex marriage politicians being in power.. **


Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Church had stanchly stood against

embryonic stem cell research
same-sex marriage

for ages and ages — over 2000 years. Read Paul for proof!

Now what about the church who are endorsing these things? Isn’t that they problem here?

Why are you slandering the bishops?

7 posted on 10/20/2012 8:25:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: all the best
The fact that most liberals are actually atheists torpedoes your overly broad generalization, never mind the fact that ~95% of blacks and ~70% of Jews always vote for democRATs. How many of those two demographics are Catholics?

8 posted on 10/20/2012 8:26:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Salvation

Because Catholic bishops are major proponents of Democrats “social justice” crap which is institutionalized envy, jealousy, coveting other people’ wealth and, of course, theft. Yes they are staunchly anti-abortion. But they support the Dems on “economic” issues. They stand against some sin and support other sin.
Without millions of Catholic votes Dems are sunk despite all the atheists, etc.

9 posted on 10/20/2012 8:37:08 AM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Trying to understand that picture ... can you explain it?

10 posted on 10/20/2012 9:22:11 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
this convenient locution has become a staple for countless Democratic politicians, particularly Catholic ones

There is a new twist coming from a Washington Post (or something similar) blogger: that the Catholic teaching on abortion is "prophetic" and we elect politicians, not prophets.

Duh. With the kind of people that generally go into politics from both parties, they could not fool me. Definitely, no prophets there.

But, mister Catholic blogger, I am supposed to be a prophet according to the only religious authority known to you, the Vatican II. And I vote.

11 posted on 10/20/2012 10:11:25 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: NYer

I don’t want to just rescind the mandate. I want the entire legislation rescinded!

12 posted on 10/22/2012 4:45:57 AM PDT by SuziQ
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13 posted on 10/30/2012 3:43:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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