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Posts tagged "hhs mandate"

Religious freedom goes to Supreme Court Justices — six of whom profess to be Catholic — hear arguments over mandated coverage of contraception and abortifacients

By Russell Shaw

As Americans wait to see how the Supreme Court will handle two challenges to contraceptive and abortifacient provisions of the Affordable Care Act, religion has become an issue in this dispute in sometimes surprising ways.

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Shaw: President Obama’s doctrine of ‘equality’

By Russell Shaw

As all the world surely knows by now, “equality” is the ideological key to President Barack Obama’s domestic policies. That all people are created equal, the president says, is the “most evident of truths.” Whether that’s so or not, it is unquestionably the case that you express any reservations whatsoever about equality these days at no little personal risk.

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By OSV Editorial Board

American political life these days seems to be in a heightened state of moral and philosophical chaos.  

In Washington, D.C., the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of gay marriage, weighing in on both California’s Proposition 8, passed by the voters in 2008 banning gay marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law passed in the Clinton administration and now opposed by the Obama administration. Several prominent Republicans now are in support of legalizing gay marriage.

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We see only one acceptable change regarding the mandate: rescind it completely.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, on the Obama administration’s HHS mandate compromise (as cited in OSV Newsweekly)
The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.
– David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, which could face huge fines for not complying with the HHS mandate

At 11 a.m. Eastern time today, 43 Catholic dioceses and organizations — including Our Sunday Visitor and the University of Notre Dame — filed religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government in a dozen different jurisdictions around the country.

Our Sunday Visitor has joined with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the University of Notre Dame and 40 other Catholic organizations around the country in filing federal lawsuits to block an unprecedented infringement on religious liberty. The lawsuits are in response to regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would force all Catholic organizations and employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception to their employees free of charge, despite the fact that they are against Catholic teaching. The regulations also narrowly define what constitutes a religious employer, a formula that apparently would exclude the vast majority of Catholic organizations and apostolates, including universities, hospitals, charitable organizations, and publishing companies like Our Sunday Visitor. This webpage contains information about the lawsuit, resources and background information, as well as news stories and commentary from our newspaper, OSV Newsweekly, which is following this issue closely.

Through HHS mandate and recent court ruling, it’s clear that Church foes want it out of public arena

By Robert P. Lockwood - OSV Newsweekly, 4/22/2012


The song is called “For What It’s Worth,” the Buffalo Springfield hit from 1967 that’s a regular play on oldies stations. An ode to creeping paranoia, it begins ominously:

“There’s something happening here\What it is ain’t exactly clear.”

It began awhile back when a few local Catholic Charities started to get bounced from community social services because they didn’t provide insurance benefits to gay partners of those that might work for them.

Then Catholic social service agencies started to get blackballed from adoption services because of their beliefs about the sacrament of marriage.

The list kept growing: Contracts canceled, doors closed. And always aimed very specifically at the Catholic Church and its myriad social services. Read more

The Supreme Court’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ has far-reaching impact for the Catholic Church, too

By Russell Shaw - OSV Newsweekly, 4/15/2012


As Americans wait to see what the Supreme Court does with President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul, few have a stronger interest in the outcome of this momentous test than the Catholic bishops. Their support for universal health coverage, their duty to defend the Church’s institutional interests, and their fear that the Church’s religious liberty rights are being compromised are all in play. more

Protesters against the HHS mandateExperts weigh the impact on conscience protections if U.S. Supreme Court strikes down part or all of the health care law

By Brian Fraga - OSV Newsweekly, 4/15/2012. Read more.