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CATHOLICS SUE OBAMA

SunShine 2012/05/21 21:51:04
CNS News) - The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country.

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has established a special website--preservereligiousfreedom.org--to explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.

"This lawsuit is about an unprecedented attack by the federal government on one of America’s most cherished freedoms: the freedom to practice one’s religion without government interference," the archdiocese says on the website. "It is not about whether people have access to certain services; it is about whether the government may force religious institutions and individuals to facilitate and fund services which violate their religious beliefs."

The suits filed by the Catholic organizations focus on the regulation that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last August and finalized in January that requires virtually all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.

The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and that Catholics should not be involved in them. Thus, the regulation would require faithful Catholics and Catholic organizations to act against their consciences and violate the teachings of their faith.

Earlier, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had called the regulation an "unprecedented attack on religious liberty" and asked the Obama administration to rescind it.

“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress--and we’ll keep at it--but there's still no fix," Cardinal Dolan, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement released by the conference this morning.

"Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now," the cardinal said. "Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. It's also a great show of the diversity of the Church's ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate--ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”

Cardinal Dolan's New York Archdiocese filed suit today in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. Joining the archdiocese as plaintiffs in the suit are the Catholic Health Care Sytem, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, and Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

In their suit, these groups name HHS Secretary Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and their departments as defendants.

The archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is being joined in its lawsuit by Catholic Charities of the Washington Archdiocese, the Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington (which includes four parochial schools), Archbishop Carroll High School, and the Catholic University of America.

"This morning, the Archdiocese of Washington filed a lawsuit to challenge the mandate, recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that fundamentally redefines the nation’s long-standing definition of religious ministry and requires our religious organizations to provide their employees with coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization, even if doing so violates their religious beliefs," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said in an open letter posted online this morning. "Just as our faith compels us to uphold the liberty and dignity of others, so too, we must defend our own."

"The lawsuit in no way challenges either women’s established legal right to obtain and use contraception or the right of employers to provide coverage for it if they so choose," said Cardinal Wuerl. "This lawsuit is about religious freedom."

"The First Amendment enshrines in our nation’s Constitution the principle that religious organizations must be able to practice their faith free from government interference," Cardinal Wuerl said.

Source: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/breaking-cardinal-dolan-ny-cardinal-wuerl-dc-not...
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  • flaca BN-0 SunShine 2012/05/22 00:06:07
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    I know all about it. But shouldn't the Catholic church first admit that its congregation do use birth control? I think they're being hypocrites.
  • SunShine flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 03:39:39
    SunShine
    +3
    for the second time.. that is not what this is about.. go and read it..
  • flaca BN-0 SunShine 2012/05/22 03:49:40
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    maybe to you it's not important, but to me the hypocrisy is key to the whole thing.
  • SunShine flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 06:45:59
    SunShine
    +2
    I did not say anything about it being important or not.. I said that is NOT WHAT THE SUIT IS ABOUT.. read the blog ..
  • AL flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 09:26:58 (edited)
    AL
    +1
    Not as far as Church teachings its not!
  • Gracie ... SunShine 2012/05/22 06:44:26
    Gracie ~Gun Totin' Gracie~
    +3
    She is a walking information bank Sunshine.
  • USC Gam... SunShine 2012/05/22 12:01:35
    USC Gamecock fan
    +1
    SunShine he is a typical liberal.Cannot carry on a conversation without inserting his constant defamation of the character of others and about things other than the immediate related conversation.
  • USC Gam... SunShine 2012/05/22 00:16:26
    USC Gamecock fan
    +6
    No she didn't read it and went off on a tangent about women using birth control as Cathilics
  • Cindy64... USC Gam... 2012/05/22 04:16:31
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +3
    She wears blinders on SEE...... people with blinders on
  • USC Gam... Cindy64... 2012/05/22 12:03:26
    USC Gamecock fan
    +2
    this is the real picture of her
    donkey with blinders
  • Cindy64... USC Gam... 2012/05/22 14:39:52
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +2
    lol lol YES SO TRUE!!!!
  • SunShine USC Gam... 2012/05/23 05:19:12
  • sara USC Gam... 2012/05/22 06:15:43
    sara
    Catholics talk against birth control & infertility tx's, abortion. They turn a blind eye to their catholic priests sexually abusing young boys. What a bunch of hypocrites. The catholic church is not relevant, even the so called "catholics" don't follow this BS. They've been sued more than any religion by their perverted clergy
  • SunShine sara 2012/05/22 06:47:58
    SunShine
    +2
    bullcrap.. no one turns a blind eye to child abuse..at least I can't imagine an adult that would.. so before you go off calling everyone names.. start telling the truth..
  • USC Gam... sara 2012/05/22 23:28:29
    USC Gamecock fan
    +1
    sara..there is child abuse running rampant in this country and the world. What about your neighbors, your clergy, your kids teachers, Your day care people, what about all the boys and girls forced into prostitution and are sex slaves. think about all this and then the reason the law suits against the Catholic Church is so well known is the size of the Catholic Church. if it was your neighbor you may hear of it from another neighbor. The news media is focused on the attention they will receive from the broadcast. The Catholic Church is huge ,,beyond your imagination
  • Cindy64... SunShine 2012/05/22 04:15:39
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +3
    She is blind!!!
  • USC Gam... flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 00:15:35 (edited)
    USC Gamecock fan
    +3
    In other words you are saying.... the Catholic women do not follow religious practices and their husbands approve of this birth control.... I never have figured out how to get in their place where they store their pills to see who does and who doesn't. Is there a survey as to who in the Catholic Religion does use Contraceptives and how many do not...just saying??
  • Cliff USC Gam... 2012/05/22 00:28:24
    Cliff
    +1
    Church doctrine is sort of like the Ten Commandments. It's not up for a vote. Is that too hard for you to understand?
  • USC Gam... Cliff 2012/05/22 00:38:00
    USC Gamecock fan
    +3
    you need to read carefully before responding with insults. i was responding to flaca BN-o see above .
  • Cliff USC Gam... 2012/05/22 00:42:05
    Cliff
    +1
    You need to think carefully, assuming you are capable of that.
  • USC Gam... Cliff 2012/05/22 01:04:22
  • Cindy64... USC Gam... 2012/05/22 04:17:39
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +2
    YES indeed another DA !!!
  • Cliff USC Gam... 2012/05/22 10:46:18
    Cliff
    Go home dummy. Your mommy is calling you.
  • USC Gam... Cliff 2012/05/22 12:05:59
    USC Gamecock fan
    +2
    Is that the best you can do when you don't make sense with your asinine comments. Go home you hurt my fweeing . Another asinine remark
  • Cliff USC Gam... 2012/05/22 12:38:00
    Cliff
    You still here dummy?
  • USC Gam... Cliff 2012/05/22 12:42:59 (edited)
    USC Gamecock fan
    +2
    you need to look in the mirror and see the real dummy See.. nothing ...there mindless rhetoric only ... A true liberal.
  • Cliff USC Gam... 2012/05/22 12:46:04
    Cliff
    Bite me
  • USC Gam... Cliff 2012/05/22 13:40:06
    USC Gamecock fan
    +2
    have a great day and God Bless
  • Cindy64... USC Gam... 2012/05/22 14:42:59
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +2
    Good for you USC you show him who the BETTER PERSON IS!!!
  • Cliff Cindy64... 2012/05/22 16:46:11
    Cliff
    You better too huh? LOL
  • SunShine USC Gam... 2012/05/23 05:23:20
    SunShine
    that was nice of you.. I don't understand why Cliff was so upset..after all we are all on the same side.
  • Cindy64... Cliff 2012/05/22 14:41:17
  • Cliff Cindy64... 2012/05/22 16:46:36
    Cliff
    Is that the best you can do?
  • flaca BN-0 USC Gam... 2012/05/22 03:50:32
    flaca BN-0
    please cite an insult I propagated. Really. Was I abusive? Did I use swear words?
  • AL flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 09:30:17
    AL
    Your right 'flaca! I don't know why these people always pick on the insane all the time!
  • SunShine Cliff 2012/05/22 03:46:40
    SunShine
    +3
    whoa.. Cliff ..he was answering flaca.. trying to interpret what she said..
  • flaca BN-0 SunShine 2012/05/22 03:51:29
    flaca BN-0
    why do you need to interpret? I think I was pretty clear. I'm English and I use the English language. Simple.
  • SunShine flaca BN-0 2012/05/22 06:49:37
    SunShine
    +2
    I am not talking to you.. I was explaining it to Cliff.. and USC never said anything about an insult.. why do you make this up all the time?? take your meds.
  • flaca BN-0 USC Gam... 2012/05/22 02:00:47 (edited)
    flaca BN-0
    yes there are surveys. The majority of catholic women do take birth control and believe in it. Go google it. by the way Italy (predominantly catholic)has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. You can also google that.
  • SunShine flaca BN-0 2012/05/23 05:25:29
    SunShine
    FLACA.. i HAVE ASKED YOU NICELY.. two or three times... this is not about birth control.. this is about obama trying to tell the church to go against their beliefs.. you know.. the old separation of church and state.. ???? now please quit changing the subject.. thank you.

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