Forty-three dioceses, hospitals, schools, and church agencies today filed twelve lawsuits around the nation arguing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.
From Timothy Cardinal Dolan, president of the bishops’ conference:
We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there’s still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now. 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.
Our Sunday Visitor announces its involvement here.
Notre Dame posts its brief here.
The Franciscan University of Steubenville here.