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  • Archbishop Lori fights bill opposed to religious liberty

    07/15/2014 10:52:11 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/15/14 | Staff
    Archbishop William E. Lori joined with Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston July 14 to urge all U.S. senators to reject legislation aiming to compel all employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients. In a letter sent to all senators, the archbishops outlined how the “misnamed” “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014” (S. 2578) would violate federal religious freedom and conscience protections. The bill, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.), is a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which exempts closely held for-profit companies from providing insurance coverage...
  • Breaking: Does the new religious exemption go far enough? [HHS blocked for EWTN]

    06/30/2014 12:44:28 PM PDT · by topher · 20 replies
    SCOTUSblog.com ^ | June 30th, 2014 2:00 pm | Lyle Denniston
    Opinion analysis: Does the new religious exemption go far enough? (UPDATED) UPDATE 2:14 p.m. Acting swiftly in the wake of the Court’s ruling on Monday, and relying directly upon that decision, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday blocked all enforcement of the mandate against an Alabama Catholic TV network, a non-profit entity. The concurring opinion of the Court of Appeals, written by Circuit Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., argued that the accommodation, discussed in the following post, is itself likely to be struck down.
  • Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

    06/23/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Eucharist conforms Catholics to “the pattern of Christ’s self-giving love” and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. “By entering the dynamic of Christ’s self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between,” he said in his homily. More than...
  • Awesome: Christian University Doesn't Have to Comply With HHS Mandate

    06/21/2014 5:10:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Colorado Christian University has won an important case against the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate. Instead of CCU being forced to provide employees and students abortifacients, a federal judge in Denver has ruled that the school can retain its religious freedom. It's a significant decision, and one that the Supreme Court will surely keep in mind as it prepares to decide on the high profile Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. The Becket Fund, a non-profit, public interest law firm who represented CCU in its lawsuit, emailed LifeNews the good news: In a carefully reasoned opinion, the court...
  • Catholic TV Network Forced to Comply With HHS Mandate

    06/18/2014 12:04:12 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 18, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    EWTN: Global Catholic Television Network (EWTN), a Catholic-themed television network founded in 1980 in a garage studio by a nun, has been denied protection from the HHS contraception mandate following a decision yesterday by Mobile, Ala. District Judge Callie V. Granade. A statement posted on EWTN's website and Facebook page by CEO Michael P. Warsaw expressed his disappointment with the decision and said that EWTN will seek an appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
  • Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

    06/06/2014 8:36:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/5/2014
    A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. “We are grateful for the ruling, but continue to pray that our leaders recognize that Catholics, whether bishops or businessmen, cannot in good conscience provide insurance that covers drugs and procedures that undermine the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, the benefit association’s vice-president, said June 5. “Religious freedom entails more than the right to worship and any contrary legislation...
  • Court ruling favors Baltimore archdiocese in HHS mandate lawsuit

    06/05/2014 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 8 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/5/14 | Maria Wiering
    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled June 4 that members of the Catholic Benefits Association (CBA), including the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Catholic Review Media (CRMedia), are exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring all employers, including most religious employers, to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said the court decision will allow the CBA to provide “quality, cost-competitive, morally compliant health care benefits for their employees.” Here’s what Catholics need to know: This all began in 2011 when the HHS defined “preventive services.” Congress...
  • Can the Supreme Court duck the central issue in the Hobby Lobby case?

    03/31/2014 5:41:06 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 17 replies
    CatholicCulture.org: Pray. Think. Act. ^ | March 28, 2014 | Phil Lawler
    Can the Supreme Court duck the central issue in the Hobby Lobby case? By Phil Lawler - March 28, 2014 6:18 PM In the the Hobby Lobby case, a key question facing the Supreme Court is whether a corporate enterprise qualifies for the same religious-freedom protections as an individual. At first glance that seems a very simple question. It is a long-established principle of Anglo-American law, set forth clearly in Blackstone’s Commentaries even before the American Revolution, that for legal purposes, a corporation is a person. For purposes of affirmative-action programs, the US government recognizes certain corporations as “minority” contractors,...
  • Affordable Care Act or War on Conscience?

    03/16/2014 8:21:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Billionaire David Green's success story could come straight from Silicon Valley. He started his business in a garage in 1970. Through hard work and innovation, he built a business that employs more than 13,000 full-time workers. He determined to treat his employees well, providing health care and setting a higher in-house minimum wage for staff. Here's where Green departs from the standard Bay Area billionaire success story: He's a devout Christian whose Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and an affiliated Christian bookstore chain are headquartered in Oklahoma. His family controls the business. He's the CEO; a son is president; a daughter...
  • Baltimore's Archbishop Lori joins lawsuit against HHS mandate

    03/13/2014 2:10:35 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/12/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    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...
  • Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

    02/14/2014 5:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 14, 2014 - 1:59 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.” Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. …
  • The Little Victims of the State

    01/31/2014 2:16:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mona Charen
    An administration as image-conscious as this one should have been more careful in its choice of antagonists. The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic charity providing care to the poorest elderly in a hospice-like setting. They serve 13,000 people in 31 countries, and operate 30 homes in the United States. Their faith calls them to treat every person, no matter how old, disabled or poor as if he or she were "Jesus himself." There is no religious test for admission, only that you be poor and in need of care at the end of life. Think thousands of...
  • Archbishop Lori welcomes Supreme Court injunction protecting Little Sisters

    01/28/2014 1:45:58 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/28/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Archbishop William E. Lori welcomed a Jan. 24 Supreme Court order that affirms an injunction blocking enforcement of a mandate requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance for their employees. The order affirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Dec. 31 order in the case. It temporarily blocks the federal government from requiring the sisters and their co-plaintiffs at Christian Brothers Services from having to meet that requirement of the Affordable Care Act. “This is certainly a preliminary victory, but I’d also say a significant victory,” said Archbishop Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor (win injunction against HHS mandate)

    01/25/2014 3:16:31 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Becket Fund ^ | January 24, 2014
    For Immediate Release: January 24, 2014Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224Washington, D.C. – Today the Little Sisters of the Poor received an injunction from the Supreme Court protecting them from the controversial HHS mandate while their case is before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction means that the Little Sisters will not be forced to sign and deliver the controversial government forms authorizing and instructing their benefits administrator to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and drugs and devices that may cause early abortions (see video). The Court’s order also provides protection to more than 400 other Catholic organizations that receive...
  • BREAKING: Every Single Bishop Has Condemned the Obama/HHS Mandate!

    02/16/2012 3:50:53 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 67 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 02/16/2012 | Thomas Peters
    From Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington– Every single Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has condemned in public the Obamacare HHS mandate — all 180 bishops who lead dioceses in the U.S. have spoken. This is a simply incredible, unified, universal Catholic witness on this critical issue of religious freedom.(To those wondering about my methodology, it is now negative instead of positive — I am no longer able to find a single Roman Catholic bishop who has NOT spoken out against the mandate publicly. It is also my presumption that this conclusion applies to all Eastern Rite and Sui...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate

    02/22/2012 8:31:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    InsightScoop.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan & Bishop William E. Lori
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan issues strongest statement yet against the HHS mandate His Eminence Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, President, and His Excellency Most Reverend William E. Lori, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, have released a very strong statement regarding the current status of the HHS mandate, dated February 21, 2012, to the bishops of the United States. The statement warns of the severe danger posed to religious liberty by "an all-encompassing, extreme form of secularism" and notes that the narrow "exemption" in the mandate was "instituted only by executive whim" and so "can be taken away easily."...
  • The HHS Mandate and Wily Providence

    06/08/2012 8:24:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/8/12 | Benjamin Wiker
    With contraception, the Obama administration thought it had found a chink in the American Church's moral armor. It was wrong.While it is certainly right to lament the fact the Obama administration is attempting to force Catholic institutions, through the Health and Human Services mandate, to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, there is a bright side to all this. It may very well be a wily act of divine providence, a case of God using hostile secular powers to effect much-desired goals of the Church itself. In saying this, I don’t mean to undermine the gravity of the...
  • Obama Admin Widens Abortifacient Birth Control Mandate to College Students

    03/17/2012 3:23:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/16/12 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a move that is likely to reignite the ire of religious leaders, late Friday afternoon the Obama administration announced a proposal that would require universities, including religious universities, to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their students, as well as their employees, without a co-pay. This appears to significantly widen the originally-announced HHS mandate, which had only applied to employees. The White House released the 32-page proposal late Friday afternoon. It outlines three different options to ensure that the health plans for employees and students of religious organizations cover birth control,...
  • What the media doesn’t want you to know: Americans hate the HHS mandate

    03/19/2012 4:26:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 19, 2012 | CHUCK COLSON
    March 19, 2012 (Breakpoint.org) - The most important talking point used by those who support the HHS contraception mandate is that the Catholic Bishops and their allies are “out-of-touch” and represent a minority view. You have no doubt heard things like “98 percent of Catholic women use contraception” and “most Americans, especially women, support the HHS mandate.” Well, it’s not true. The first assertion is based on a study by the Guttmacher Institute, which as an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, is hardly an objective observer. Even the Washington Post compared the media to Pinocchio for using these statistics. In fact,...
  • Catholic Bishops Declare Obama's 'Unjust and Illegal Mandate' 'A Violation of Personal Civil Rights'

    03/19/2012 12:41:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 18, 2012
    New York Archbishop at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican last month when he was installed as a cardinal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Editor's Note: The leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week issued a statement reiterating the conviction of the Catholic Church in the United States that President Barack Obama's mandate that all insurance plans--including those that are purchased by and provided by Catholics and Catholic institutions--must provide free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients is an "unjust and illegal mandate."The Administrative Committee of the conference, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, declared the mandate...
  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 6:17:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/6/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    My remarks will be brief, since this is not a political blog, and I am not a political prognosticator. The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals. 1. The strained relationship between the Catholic Church in the Democratic party will continue and the strain will likely grow. The reasons for this are that the Democratic Party is increasingly aligning itself with positions that are in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. More of this in...
  • Notre Dame Complies With Contraception Mandate

    01/09/2014 6:51:32 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 43 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 1/9/14 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    ...But on Jan. 2, 2014, Notre Dame told faculty and staff that a third-party administrator would notify them about access to “free” contraception and other mandated provisions of the federal law. The news marked the university’s failure to obtain emergency relief from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, after a U.S. district court refused to issue a temporary injunction before the Jan. 1 deadline. “Having been denied a stay, Notre Dame is advising employees that, pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, our third-party administrator is required to notify plan participants of coverage provided under its contraceptives payment program,”...
  • Now is the time for Congress to delay 'onerous burden' of HHS mandate

    01/06/2014 9:28:26 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 1/4/13 | Archbishop Lori
    Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to the freedom of worship. This resonates with the rich tradition of religious liberty in our country, which has long allowed Catholics and other people of faith to live out their beliefs beyond the sanctuary, whether by healing the sick, educating the young or feeding and clothing the poor. But a mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) now jeopardizes...
  • Amish, Ok. Catholics, No. (HHS Mandate)

    03/11/2012 5:25:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 1+ views
    FaithfulCitizens ^ | March 9, 2012 | SR. MARYANN WALSH, USCCB
    BY SR. MARYANN WALSH, USCCBThe Amish are exempt from the entire health care reform law. So are members of Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry. Yet, when the Catholic Church asks for a religious exemption from just one regulation issued under the law – the mandate that all employers, including religious institutions, must pay for sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs – the Administration balks.The government respects the First Amendment that guarantees the right to freely exercise one’s religious beliefs, but only to a point. In the health care law it picks and chooses which beliefs it respects. The...
  • Obama's HHS mandate will destroy the Little Sisters of the Poor's ministry to the elderly

    03/10/2012 8:24:52 AM PST · by No One Special · 20 replies
    Pundit & Pundette ^ | March 9, 2012 | jillat
    This will make you angry. Via the Catholic News Agency: Baltimore, Md., Mar 8, 2012 / 12:34 am (CNA).- The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible. “Because the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot in conscience directly provide or collaborate in the provision of services that conflict with Church teaching, we find ourselves in the irreconcilable situation of being forced to either stop serving and employing people of...
  • [Connecticut] Bishops: Don't Make Catholic Hospitals Perform Abortions

    04/22/2012 11:10:14 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies
    ...[S]ome Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate said they'd favor the concept of a federal law requiring even Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. Now, the state's Catholic bishops are objecting. ...[They] issued a statement expressing their dismay after all five Democratic candidates said during Sunday's "Face the State" debate that they would support legislation forcing Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. "If it is their [the candidates'] position that our hospitals should be forced by law or regulations to provide abortions in spite of our teaching, it is unfortunate to note their readiness to violate religious liberty"... Here are some excerpts of...
  • Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"

    04/12/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 42 replies
    SummorumPontificum.net ^ | 4/12/2012 | Brian J. Kopp
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"By Brian Kopp Cardinal O'Connor's response to Clinton admin abortion mandate:  "Jail me!" In a recent Sunday column in Catholic New World, Cardinal Francis George wrote that only three options will exist for Catholic institutions to avoid shutting down under the Obama administration’s HHS mandate: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop, 2) pay exorbitant annual fees to avoid paying for birth control-inclusive insurance policies or 3) “sell...
  • Calling for Calm (Spokane's bishop wants to talk hot topics,...)

    04/06/2012 12:16:56 PM PDT · by narses · 14 replies
    The (very liberal) Inlander ^ | Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | Daniel Walters
    In this case, it was religious moderation — not extremism or volatile rhetoric — that grabbed headlines. It was February, and Barack Obama was delivering his speech on the mandate requiring the health care plans of Catholic organizations to cover contraceptives, traditionally opposed by Catholic doctrine. Blase Cupich, bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, was taking notes. He’d been tasked by America magazine, the 103-yearold national publication of the Jesuits, to write an essay about the Catholic reaction to the president’s decision. Like other Catholic bishops, Cupich was opposed to the mandate and worried it would restrict religious freedom....
  • Catch-22 for Catholic Hospitals under Obamacare

    08/11/2013 5:42:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 10, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You are a homeless person. You are sick and you know it is bad. You stagger into the ER of St. Ipsidipsy Catholic Hospital in Tall Tree Circle. You have no insurance, health coverage, or money. You are seen by a doctor and treated.The Obama Administration then punishes the hospital for treating you, a person without government-approved obligatory Obamacare.From the Daily Caller: Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured peopleCharitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A...
  • Obama defends HHS mandate: ‘not fair’ that Catholics won’t fund birth control

    07/10/2012 1:45:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    life news ^ | 7/10/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Obama: ’Not fair’ to deny contraception coverage at Catholic institutions President Barack Obama is talking taxes and talking tough about tax cuts, and today he was also talking to our Karen Swensen, as he proposes tax cuts for the middle class. view full article WASHINGTON, DC, July 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a short interview Monday with Karen Swensen of New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWLTV, President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the HHS birth control mandate, this time adding it’s “not fair” that a woman working for a Catholic institution should “bear the burden and the cost” of paying...
  • A sermon explaining what Pres. Obama is doing.

    02/29/2012 11:10:59 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 2+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | February 29, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A good sermon on 5 February 2012 by Fr. Sammie Maletta at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana.You will not regret the 11 minutes you spend. LISTEN HEREGood job, Father.WDTPRS kudos. From Courageous Priest ... Father Sammie Maletta Quotes from his Sermon For those of you who voted for I cannot believe you voted for this (referring to the mandate).Let us be clear, President Obama let us be CatholicThe government wants to get in our business and tell us how to run our business, how to run our Churches.I cannot make a decision about the Church without...
  • Why Catholics Can’t Comply with the HHS Mandate

    10/30/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | October 30, 2012 | Michael Gorman
    The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that most large employers include in their health plans, at no cost, pharmaceutical contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and certain forms of so-called “emergency contraception.” Catholic philosophers and theologians have been debating whether complying with the mandate would be morally acceptable. They usually begin by asking whether complying would be “formal” or “material” cooperation with evil. If formal, then complying with the mandate is ruled out. But if complying with the HHS mandate is only material cooperation, then complying might be acceptable, depending on a number of considerations: whether the cooperation is mediate,...
  • Cardinal George: No Catholic Hospitals in 2 Years Unless HHS Mandate is Rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” “So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society,” he continues. “The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage!

    04/10/2012 4:48:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 10th, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    Cardinal Burke: Catholic Employers Cannot Provide Contraceptive Coverage! FaithApril 10th, 2012 Jenn Giroux The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers.Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (photo credit: abbey-roads.blogspot.com) “We...
  • On the Mandate, a Dangerous Crack in the Bishops' United Front

    05/27/2012 6:11:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Lawler
    The counter-attack has begun. You knew it was coming, didn’t you? For weeks now the American bishops have been marching in lockstep unity, completely unanimous in their opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Catholic hierarchy has been headed into a showdown with President Obama, and not a single bishop had shown any inclination to back away from the fight. But you knew it couldn’t last. And it didn’t. This week Bishop Stephen Blaire became the first prelate to break stride, voicing his misgivings about the confrontation. Oh, Bishop Blaire wasn’t suggesting that the Catholic hierarchy should accede to the...
  • Bishops tell Catholics to disobey 'unjust laws

    04/13/2012 12:08:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    St. Louis Today ^ | 13 Apr 2012 | David Gibson
    The nation's Roman Catholic bishops called Thursday for a national campaign in defense of religious liberty, and urged resistance to laws that church officials consider unjust....The statement by the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty was released Wednesday, and its chief concern is President Barack Obama's proposal to provide contraception coverage to all employees with health insurance, including those who work for religious groups. The statement includes an explicit threat of widespread civil disobedience by the nation's 67 million Catholics. "If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens,...
  • Catholic Charities Insists it has not Endorsed HHS Mandate

    02/20/2012 6:38:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Following a statement by the White House press secretary that Catholic Charities USA supports the Obama administration’s “compromise” mandate on contraception, Catholic Charities has posted a statement insisting that it has not endorsed the mandate. “In response to a great number of mischaracterizations in the media,........... Catholic Charities USAWhite House Criticizes Bishops, Trumpets Support from CHA, Catholic Charities Catholic Charities has Second Thoughts
  • Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble

    03/28/2012 8:43:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble PoliticsMarch 28th, 2012 Keith Koffler The Obamacare health insurance mandate appears to be teetering on the edge of being struck down by the Supreme Court, as the only potential swing justices – Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts – expressed deep skepticism that the government’s power to compel commerce could be limited once it can force you to purchase insurance.Kennedy appeared deeply skeptical until the end, when he gave proponents of the mandate some hope by suggesting health care may be a unique case.Here’s a concise analysis by Lyle Denniston, author of SCOTUSblog: If Justice...
  • THE (Catholic) BISHOPS AND OBAMACARE

    12/03/2013 3:17:43 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | December 3, 2013 | STEPHEN WHITE
    This past weekend, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York—who recently finished his term as President of the USCCB—went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where he discussed, among other things, the Catholic bishops’ complicated relationship with the Affordable Care Act. His Eminence was very supportive of the law’s goals, pointing out that the Catholic bishops have supported health care reform since 1919. So he laments that the bishops’ initial excitement at the prospect of comprehensive health care reform was ultimately frustrated by the administration’s intransigence over abortion funding and the exclusion of immigrants. Then came the concerns over conscience protections:So that’s...
  • Head of U.S. bishops: Obama compromise on mandate ‘a hill of beans’; opposition intensifies

    02/16/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 16, 2012 | Jill Stanek
    Just as the mainstream media initially failed to report the erupting controversy over President Obama’s contraceptive mandate, they are again ignoring the sustained uproar against it. MSM thinks Obama’s faux concession on February 10 settled the matter. According to The Hill on February 13: The furor over President Obama’s birth-control insurance mandate appears to have vaporized as quickly as it blew up. The White House faced just two questions on the issue at a briefing with reporters Monday, just days after the intense controversy threatened to swamp the president’s reelection campaign. To be fair, liberal journalists may simply have...
  • Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops: ‘We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It’

    03/04/2012 12:44:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Pope Benedict XVI makes Archbishop Timothy Dolan a cardinal of the Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 2012 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration’s command—issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president’s health-care plan--that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings...
  • Evangelicals & Catholics Together: In Defense of Religious Freedom (vs. Islam, Secularism)

    02/17/2012 12:49:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | March 2012 | Evangelicals and Catholics Together
    Eighteen years ago, this fellowship of Evangelical and Catholic pastors, theologians, and educators was formed to deepen the dialogue among our communities on issues of common concern, to explore theological common ground, and to offer in public life a common witness born of Christian faith. Since our founding in 1994, we have addressed, together, such important public policy questions as the defense of life, even as we have proposed to our communities patterns of theological understanding on such long-disputed questions as the gift of salvation, the authority of Scripture, and the call to holiness in the communion of saints. We...
  • New Rule Excludes Religious Workers from Benefits Offered to Others. (Federal Hostile Secularism)

    02/17/2012 2:24:16 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    As the recent battle for a proper understanding of religious liberty shows, our culture and many of our government leaders and organizations are becoming increasingly secularized and hostile to religion and religious practice.Yet another example of this is a recent rule change in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). According to this program, a person who has been engaged in Public Service employment for ten years, can have the remainder of their Student Loan form the government forgiven, presuming they have faithfully been paying it up till then.However, a recent rule change now excludes those who are involved in any...
  • Religious Freedom and Protecting Healthcare for Women and Children

    03/16/2012 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/16/12 | Msgr Charles Pope
    “These are the ones most grateful to you for the new well . . .” With that, the chieftain of this Islamic village in Ethiopia, not far from Meki, took me over to meet about twenty beaming young girls, all who looked to be about the age of my niece, Grace, seven or eight years old. I was in the village with a delegation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the acclaimed international assistance agency supported by the Catholic community of the United States.  We had just been enthusiastically welcomed to this small village to bless and start-up their new well,...
  • Understanding Oppostion to the HHS Mandate (Part 1): Why the Church Won’t Pay for Contracept

    02/07/2012 2:11:19 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In discussing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate that will attempt to force the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, I have discovered that many Catholics, while generally understanding why we object to paying for sterilization and abortifacients, are less than enthusiastic about our refusal to pay for contraceptives. This “lack of enthusiasm” for the Church’s position on Contraception, along with political irritation, makes many Catholics ambivalent or even hostile to the Bishop’s call that we oppose the HHS mandate.Why we won’t pay for contraceptives – While the fundamental issue is this matter is Religious Freedom...
  • Fighting Irish Stiff-Arm Barack

    12/16/2013 10:34:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Leave it to the Fighting Irish to vanquish the sheepish, the snobbish and the priggish. This month, the University of Notre Dame (UND) re-filed its lawsuit “for relief against” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate which is set to take effect January 1, 2014. Forget the Audacity of Hope. There’s nothing audacious or courageous about a president who flits about, attacking religious freedom, while he poses for selfies during funeral ceremonies. Let’s come together under the Courage of Catholics at the University of Notre Dame. Certainly, the Catholic Church and some of her leaders have stumbled....
  • The Dishonest Selling of Obamacare

    12/02/2013 5:53:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2013 | Star Parker
    As we experience more of the unpleasant realities of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are questioning, finally, the forthrightness and honesty of their president in his selling of this law. As millions of individual health insurance policies are cancelled, it is transparent that the president distorted the truth when he told Americans, “ if you like your plan you can keep it.” But misrepresentation goes beyond how a particular feature of the law was sold. It also applies to the selling of what this whole law was supposed to be about. In a recent appearance at a synagogue in Dallas,...
  • [D.C. Circuit] Court Rules Obama Admin Can’t Make Catholic Family Business Follow HHS Mandate

    11/01/2013 10:32:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Life News.com ^ | 11/1/13 | Steven Ertelt
    Court Rules Obama Admin Can’t Make Catholic Family Business Follow HHS Mandate by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 11/1/13 1:07 PMA powerful federal appeals court ruled today that a Catholic family-run business does not have to comply with the Obamacare abortion mandate requiring it to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.Francis A. Gilardi, Jr. and Philip M. Gilardi, two brothers who own and control two companies that are involved in the processing, packaging, and transportation of fresh produce, filed suit against the Obama administration on behalf of their business, Freshway Foods, a nearly 25 year old...
  • Religious freedom groups worried over final HHS mandate

    06/29/2013 7:25:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 29, 2013 | Adelaide Mena
    President Barack Obama laughs with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in the Grand Foyer of the White House, July 26, 2012. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Jun 28, 2013 / 05:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite assurances from the Obama administration that the finalized version of the contraception mandate accounts for freedom of conscience, some religious liberty advocates are still concerned. “The final rule,” explained Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, “is not very different from the inadequate rule that was proposed back in February.” While the final rule “tinkered with...
  • HHS Secretary Sebelius to graduating seniors: be grateful for free abortifacients, birth control

    05/30/2013 4:30:07 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 5/29/2013 | Johanna Dasteel
    WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This year’s graduating classes should be grateful for the “good news” that they will be eligible to receive free contraceptive and abortifacient drug coverage “without paying a penny” thanks to the HHS mandate, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In a blog post on Wednesday addressed to the “Class of 2013,” Sebelius told newly minted graduates that the law is “giving you the flexibility to make choices about your future without worrying about where you’re going to get health insurance.” “Bottom line: Because of the Affordable Care Act, you’ll be...