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"On many occasions, Pope Francis has made it clear that the Church is not to be a secular social service agency good as such agencies may be. We are to be more than a mere NGO, 'non-governmental agency'– Rather we are to have a heart, a Eucharistic heart, in all that we do – a heart possessing the vision, truth, and love that flow from the Eucharist."
– Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty
Fortnight 2014 Opening Mass Homily
Here, you can find more in-depth materials and analysis of the HHS mandate and its implications, including the narrow exemption and “accommodation” for certain employers, as well as information on the lawsuits filed around the country by Catholic and other faith groups seeking to preserve their religious liberty.
Over one hundred lawsuits have been filed around the country
opposing the HHS mandate. Many
of these lawsuits were filed by Catholic dioceses, Catholic schools and
universities, Catholic health systems, and Catholic charitable organizations
that have been forced to facilitate and/or fund drugs and devices that violate their
religious and moral convictions. Other lawsuits have
been filed by plaintiffs—both Catholic and non-Catholic—who also oppose the HHS
mandate. On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of evangelical-owned Hobby Lobby and other family owned businesses and ruled that they do not have to comply with the HHS mandate in its current form.
Please pray for the continuing efforts of faith based non-profit entities and others seeking to vindicate their constitutional and statutory rights to religious liberty.
USCCB Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and
Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.
USCCB Says Administration Mandate Violates First Amendment Freedoms of Religious Organizations and Others - March 2013
Legal Analysis of HHS Contraception Mandate - March 2012
USCCB Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preventive Services (May 2012) and Initial Key Points on the ANPRM - April 2012
Interim Final Rules on Preventive Services - August 2011
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