HHS mandate

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.

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the action as "a return to common sense, long-standing federal practice and peaceful coexistence between church and state."

Letter to the editor

Violated

Alas, we are told that our own government does not believe that a violation of the Little Sisters of the Poor's beliefs is a violation of their religious liberty. Just when we think that the Obama administration could not possibly become any more lost at sea than it already is, we hear this. Never underestimate the danger of those who absolutely refuse to see the light.

Catholics make case against HHS contraception mandate

WASHINGTON — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom.

Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government's so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for a third party to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans was inconsistent because the government already had been able to provide churches an exemption from the requirement.

Catholics make case against HHS contraception mandate

Little Sisters of the Poor watched news of the Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burell March 23 at their convent in St. Louis

WASHINGTON — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom.

Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government's so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for a third party to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans was inconsistent because the government already had been able to provide churches an exemption from the requirement.

Little Sisters of the Poor are the public face of fight against HHS mandate

Sister Joseph Maureen Hobin, LSP, spoke with Sister Paul Mary Lee, LSP, in the hallway of the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence. The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence participated in a day of prayer March 15 in anticipation of the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on the sisters’ challenge to the HHS mandate March 23

WASHINGTON — Visuals often are much easier to grasp than a complicated thicket of issues. That may be why the Little Sisters of the Poor have become the public face of Zubik v. Burwell, which goes before the U.S. Supreme Court March 23.

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