HHS mandate

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.

Supreme Court will hear appeals in Catholic, other groups' mandate cases

Sister Mary Grace, a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, venerated a relic of her order’s foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville, N.Y., in 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by the women religious and several other Catholic and faith-based entities against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic and other faith-based entities against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate.

The court will hear appeals from groups in Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and the District of Columbia.

Among the plaintiffs are the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses, Priests for Life, Southern Nazarene University and Texas Baptist University.

Appeals court differs with others, finds in favor of colleges over mandate

ST. LOUIS -- The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Sept. 17 became the first such court to rule in favor of nonprofit religious organizations that have sued to avoid having to participate in the federal government requirement to provide coverage for contraceptives in employee health insurance.

The three-judge panel said in a brief ruling that two Christian schools, Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan, should not be required to even follow the process set out by the federal government to avoid having to participate in the insurance requirement.

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