This suit is filed in conjunction with lots of other Catholic diocesan and organizational suits filed across the country.
The entire Obamacare system is under Court challenge for lots of reasons. If the current case at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging it on the requirement to purchase private insurance doesn't succeed, then this is a good backup approach. If that case succeeds, then the Catholic-based lawsuits could be dismissed as moot.
Pray for the success of the lawsuits. Again, though Catholic action is late in coming, it deserves our support now. Of course, I have no great hope in the Courts' desire to uphold the constitution, but this step must at least be tried.
St. Louis Archdiocese sues over contraception mandateby Robert Patrick
ST. LOUIS • The St. Louis Archdiocese and Catholic Charities sued the federal government Monday, joining dozens of similar suits that allege that a government mandate to fund contraception and other services violates their religious liberties.
The local suit was filed in federal court in St. Louis Monday morning and names the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Labor and Treasury departments, as well as their heads.
The suit says that the mandated health coverage requires Catholic groups “to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by providing, paying for, and/or facilitating access to those services. American history and tradition, embodied in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. . . , safeguard religious entities from such overbearing and oppressive governmental action.”
The new rule requiring all employers to provide contraceptive health care goes into effect for other employers in August but religious institutions were given an extra year to comply. The uproar has shown no signs of abating, however...