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iamnothere 2012/05/21 16:39:16
Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame--And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses and Organizations--Sue Obama Administration





May 21, 2012



(CNSNews.com) - 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 suits focus on the regulation that 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.
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  • goatman112003 2012/05/21 16:53:05
    goatman112003
    +5
    The State is not supreme as what you can believe in or follow. To force you to do something or follow it goes fully against the First amendment. The point is Obama doesn't care and pressed this fight. This is one mushhead of constitutional law instructor we have as Fearless Leader.

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  • Stan Kapusta 2012/05/28 22:45:52
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    I wonder what happened to the forgive thy neighbor stuff they taught me in catholic school. Sister Mary John Raymond fibbed.
  • Charles E 2012/05/24 15:19:08
    Charles E
    +1
    I am not Catholic and do not oppose birth control (which is still NOT a health issue in most instances).
    If Obama and unelected cabinet members can force Catholics to violate their religion, he can force anyone to violate their religion.
    That would include forcing his religious beliefs on athiests.
  • tina williams 2012/05/22 23:28:52
    tina williams
    +2
    SUE their ASSES OFF !!!!!!!!!!!! I am so sick of this man, his people and all his tag alongs get them the hell out of office. I swear where is a sniper when you need and want one where GOD where.?????????
  • FPSRules 2012/05/22 19:14:12
    FPSRules
    +2
    I'm not Catholic, but I am a believer in Jesus Christ, so I have complete empathy with Catholic Christians.....besides, where does the 'poser-in-chief' and Christian 'pretender' come off making any rules whatsoever that directly conflict with the Constitutionally protected freedom of religion? Or, does that only apply when it comes to his own Muslim faith?
  • EDWARD G 2012/05/22 00:15:16
    EDWARD G
    +2
    It's about time!
  • steven 2012/05/22 00:09:38
    steven
    +3
    If DC wants a separation of church and state, all they need do is retreat from interfering in church matters. That would separate the state from the church quite nicely.
  • bob h. steven 2012/05/28 22:31:38
    bob h.
    Health in NOT a Catholic issue. Wake up.
  • steven bob h. 2012/05/28 22:37:11
    steven
    And no one need go to the Catholics if they don't want to. It's really that simple.
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/05/21 18:49:42
    JCD aka "biz"
    +2
    Most Catholics will vote for Obama, they care more about social justice than about the Chuch's ban on contraceptives.
  • iamnothere JCD aka... 2012/05/21 18:50:56
    iamnothere
    +2
    there is no such thing as social justice.. that is just a made up term to indicate they are communist
  • JCD aka... iamnothere 2012/05/21 19:44:48
    JCD aka "biz"
    Just google "Catholic Church social justice".
  • FPSRules JCD aka... 2012/05/22 21:33:55
    FPSRules
    +1
    Social justice the Catholic church employs to help the helpless should not be confused with the political movement of "Socialism", which is little more than a name change for classic "communism". Confusing the two is a major mistake.
    The fact is, "social justice" as used by the 'leftist movement' is a blatant bastardization of a legitimate cause. Their idea of "social justice" is undermining and toppling the American system.
    Americans do genuinely care for the downtrodden and the 'legitimately' down and out. This is proven time and time again; almost exclusively by charitable Christian organizations. These entities receive their funding from kindhearted individuals - which is 'voluntarily' given, not confiscated by our self-serving government.
    Socialism strips away our freedom to choose how we spend OUR money. We have become subservient to the whims of a bloated socialist government bent on usurping our rights under the Constitution. They have emptied our treasury, bankrupted our country and left the bill for our kids. And to add insult to injury, they have borrowed billions and billions of dollars from China to continue their mad spending spree!

    Only ridding ourselves of self-serving politicians (from both parties) in November and restoring our Constitution can we survive. 2012 is a crossroads. It's "Do or Die".
  • JCD aka... FPSRules 2012/05/23 07:39:45
    JCD aka "biz"
    Thank you.
    Actually, Christian political parties in Europe (German CDU, Italian DC, French MRP etc.) all supported welfare legislation and a degree of wealth redistribution after WWII. Nothing "voluntary" about their ideal of "social justice".
  • bob h. FPSRules 2012/05/28 22:47:47
    bob h.
    +1
    In my neighborhood in NYC. the Catholic Church ran the Churches, the schools, the hospitals, and anything else that needed running. They did so with contributions. Without the Church, most neighborhoods would have fallen apart. The NYPD and FDNY was Catholic. But the Government was not. The Church declared just about everything a sin, and just about everyone ignored them completely. Good times.
  • FPSRules bob h. 2012/06/03 00:58:39
    FPSRules
    +1
    Yeah, a real double-edged sword Bob. When no one else - even local government - fails to act on behalf of their own citizenry, the church did and does step up to the plate.
    I am not a Catholic Christian but, in spite of some serious personnel scandals, you have to give them credit for their positive impact over many decades in helping the suffering in countries around the globe. Yep, double-edged sword.
  • relic JCD aka... 2012/05/21 21:50:43
    relic
    +1
    Sadly, you're probably right. I suspect the Jews will stay in Oslime's column too.
  • EDWARD G JCD aka... 2012/05/22 00:16:42
    EDWARD G
    +1
    t
    This isn't about contraception.
  • bob h. JCD aka... 2012/05/28 22:32:14
    bob h.
    +1
    Of course.
  • steven JCD aka... 2012/05/28 22:40:31
    steven
    I'm not so sure they like the 'mandatory' aspect. We have 41 Catholic diocese now suing. That says nothing? Choice means choice--even a devout Catholic will recognize that. Allowing government mandates to stand will set a precedent that will open the door to more tyranny.
  • Don 2012/05/21 18:41:38 (edited)
    Don
    +2
    It's also time for the Pope to excommunicate Nazi Pelousy - she obviously does not know the tenets of the church.
  • JCD aka... Don 2012/05/21 18:48:11
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    tenets?
  • iamnothere JCD aka... 2012/05/21 18:54:09
    iamnothere
    +1
    LOL he spelled it wrong and here are a few notes about who is renting this week hehehee

    http://christianity.about.com...
  • JCD aka... iamnothere 2012/05/21 19:51:15
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    LOL
    (I was raised a Catholic here in France, the "oldest daughter of the Church").
  • Maria 2012/05/21 18:17:43
    Maria
    How come REPRESENTATIVE OF CONGRESS isn't helping them?
  • iamnothere Maria 2012/05/21 18:25:14
    iamnothere
    +2
    they are waiting to see what the Scotus does.. and they have no power to get anything past Duke of hazzard Harry of the Reids
  • Maria iamnothere 2012/05/21 18:39:34
    Maria
    when will Harry Reid to be expire?
  • iamnothere Maria 2012/05/21 18:54:43
    iamnothere
    +1
    4 more years
  • Maria iamnothere 2012/05/21 20:22:07
    Maria
    Really? 4 more years...don't mind explain to me why 4 years? how can that be?
  • relic Maria 2012/05/21 21:52:43 (edited)
    relic
    +2
    The union workers of Nevada rallied and reelected him in 2010.
  • iamnothere Maria 2012/05/21 22:11:01
    iamnothere
    do you have an idea how many years a senator serves??
  • Maria iamnothere 2012/05/21 22:49:10
    Maria
    Each senator serves a six-year term, currently there are no limits on how many terms a senator can serve. As of 2009, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia has been a senator for fifty years, being first elected in 1959. For more information look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • iamnothere Maria 2012/05/21 22:51:42 (edited)
    iamnothere
    +1
    OK you looked it up.. now the question is did you have a clue before you did your due diligence and figure out that Reid had 4 more years?? MY question was rhetorical but glad you atleast learned something
  • Maria iamnothere 2012/05/22 02:11:12
  • bob'45 2012/05/21 18:11:43
    bob'45
    +2
    I have been hoping that would happen. Hope the Catholics give 'em hell.
  • mrdog 2012/05/21 16:54:41
    mrdog
    +3
    Bravo.... sue them big time...bark
  • goatman112003 2012/05/21 16:53:05
    goatman112003
    +5
    The State is not supreme as what you can believe in or follow. To force you to do something or follow it goes fully against the First amendment. The point is Obama doesn't care and pressed this fight. This is one mushhead of constitutional law instructor we have as Fearless Leader.
  • bob h. goatman... 2012/05/28 22:52:39
    bob h.
    Yeah; not even one single oil Crusade. A whole term wasted.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/05/21 16:43:16
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +2
    The Catholic Church is nothing more than one giant political corporation. Watch what they say other than what they do.

    The late Senator Edward Kennedy D-MA was one of the biggest backers of abortion on-demand for his 40+ years in the Senate. Yet, when he died the Catholic Church allowed him to have a High Mass for his funeral. Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, etc are all in the same boat. Because they give big bucks to the Catholic Church, they get a pass.

    The rest of us? Not so much.
  • The Gip... CUDDLY ... 2012/05/21 17:25:12
    The Gipper~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Unlike congress, at least the church gives us a pass for our money!
  • CUDDLY ... The Gip... 2012/05/21 17:47:03
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +1
    Money talks ..........

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