On March 20, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released official comments on the Obama administration’s proposed revisions from Feb. 1. The bishops stressed that changes need to be made and that they will continue to work with the administration, since the changes were still “an unprecedented … violation of religious liberty by the federal government.”
Read the news release or the full text of the comments from USCCB.
On Feb. 1, the Obama administration released new proposed HHS regulations that include an exemption for non-profit "religious employers" based on specific criteria. While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have not finished reviewing the proposals, Catholic commentators on the left and right have given mixed reviews. Read more
The Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012 that the Affordable Health Care Act is constitutional.
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.
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