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Cdl. Dolan, Abp. Kurtz praise new HHS conscience protection policies

WASHINGTON -- New policies put in place by the civil rights office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services won praise from two former presidents of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"We applaud HHS for its significant actions to protect conscience rights and religious freedom," said a joint Jan. 19 statement by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, now chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chair of their Committee for Religious Liberty.

Archbishop applauds ‘historic settlement’ on HHS mandate suit

In a letter to his flock, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated the recent "historic settlement" between 74 religious organizations, including the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis, and the U.S. government over certain mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

Department of Health and Human Services regulations would have required religious organizations to provide employee health plans that included contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization procedures, in violation of their religious beliefs under threat of stiff penalties.

Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington talked near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in March. On Oct. 16, groups making up the Zubik v. Burwell challenge to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act reached a settlement with the Justice Department.

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16.

The groups, including the Archdiocese of Washington and the Pennsylvania dioceses of Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Erie, were represented by the Cleveland-based law firm Jones Day.

Federal judge blocks HHS transgender services regulation

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Texas blocked a regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring Catholic hospitals and health care providers to perform or provide gender transition services, saying it would place "substantial pressure" on the plaintiffs — a coalition of religious medical organizations who said the ruling was contrary to their religious beliefs.

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