Quote of the day

“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 Timothy Dolan here.

He responded to lawsuits by dioceses and Catholic institutions filed today.

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  1. This is an ordained decision in that we had no choice but to push back. The WH deceived the head of the USCCB (Cardinal Dolan) in the early winter, pushed the Church into a corner in January (with its fateful decision), and then insulted our collective intelligence with a so-called “accomodation” that wasn’t even discussed with our leaders and was a pile of baloney.

  2. Contrast one of the targets of the lawsuits, namely abortion monger Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and her selection by Georgetown University as a venerated guest speaker complete with cheering by graduates.

    “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 of Washington, D.C. explains on its Web site, preservereligiousfreedom.org.

    I guess Georgetown students are not following current events in the religious liberty venue. The president of Georgetown might need a little help cleaning the old egg off his face this morning.

    It is interesting that Obama’s home town Cardinal is not party to the suits. Doesn’t want to embarrass him I guess.

    “Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George said the archdiocese’s absence from today’s lawsuit doesn’t demonstrate less concern about the issue in Chicago.”

  3. Catholic Diocese of Biloxi – Bishop Morin gives his two cents.

    “I am shocked that the current federal Administration would so readily trample on the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Bishop Morin said. “The ruling set forth by HHS officials undermines the religious liberty of all Americans and sets a frightening precedent. Never before in the history of our country has the federal government attempted to force citizens to directly purchase what violates their consciences and their freely chosen tenets of faith.

    “This obnoxious attack on our freedom of conscience must be resisted by us and ultimately rescinded by those who would deny us an inalienable right. We cannot sit by in silence. We must be clear that we cannot comply and will not comply.”

  4. Roger Morin is a card-carrying liberal — the head of the CCHD. I would certainly figure him for an Obama voter. We all know where Notre Dame University fits on the spectrum. That they are in the lawsuit together with OSV, Franciscan University, and Cardinal Dolan tells me the intent is to present a united Catholic front. I assume Cardinal Dolan’s calling the shots. Here’s hoping he and his co-plaintiffs don’t go all wobbly.

  5. It is surprising that an unprecedented lawsuit by Catholic organization’s nationwide against the federal government on religious liberty grounds is met with only one post besides mine.

    I guess it’s a collective yawn.

  6. naturgesetz says:

    What is very interesting to me is that the lawsuits are not being filed nationwide, just in a relatively few districts, which in turn are in a limited number of circuits.

    For a list, see

    It looks to me as if they’ve tried to figure out what appellate (circuit) courts are likely to be most favorable to their case, and then chose District Courts within those circuits which would be most likely to find in their favor. In other words, this looks like a strategy to win at trial, and to win again on appeal.

    So I wouldn’t criticize anybody who did not file a suit. They were probably asked not to, because the courts in their area are more likely to give a defeat. It’s much better to go to the Supreme Court with as many lower courts on your side and as few decisions against you as possible.

  7. naturgesetz says:

    I also find it fascinating that the plaintiffs made the inspired (whether consciously or not) decision to file the suits on the Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and his Companions.

    ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

  8. I’m glad that the Church is fighting back.

  9. Notgiven says:

    Thanks for the primer on how the system works. It’s important to have a good road map.

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