HHS mandate

Groups lash out at new opt-out rules for HHS mandate

WASHINGTON -- Pro-life groups that have battled with the federal government since the first rules were issued on contraceptive coverage in 2012 derided the government's latest rules allowing religious institutions -- and potentially some for-profit companies -- to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

"Once again HHS (the federal Department of Health and Human Services) continues to violate the conscience rights of Americans while claiming just the opposite," said an Aug. 22 statement from Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis scored a court victory Monday in what proved to be a banner day for religious liberty in the United States.

They received a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in their lawsuit challenging the legality of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on health care insurance coverage the Church finds morally objectionable.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means "justice has prevailed," in the words of two U.S. archbishops.

Pro-life lawyer says HHS mandate not part of 'real women's agenda'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Based on her own research and interviews with women, including many post-abortive women, Helen Alvare said women today have a host of concerns that need attention from government and society and getting freeing contraceptives is not among them.

"Women do not think free contraceptives will make their lives free and happy," she told members of the Catholic media in an evening keynote speech June 20 in Charlotte.

Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4 to draw attention to importance of religious liberty

Religious liberty

Religious liberty is both an American value and a universal human right and shouldn't be considered something private or lived out within a community of worshippers once a week.

So says Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the U.S. bishops, who, for several years, have been speaking out about the importance of preserving religious liberty.

Archdiocese of St. Louis to join third Fortnight for Freedom

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Mass next month as part of the U.S. bishops' third annual Fortnight for Freedom, a nationwide initiative to pray, raise awareness and support religious liberty in the United States.

All are invited for the Mass, which will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. After Mass, Archbishop Carlson will host a social at his residence for young people.

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