Archbishop Lori To Congress: Let Our People Go

Archbishop William Lori took to the pages of The Baltimore Sun yesterday in an effort to let the peoples’ representatives in the House and Senate, see, hear, and act now to stymie Caesar. Take a look.

Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is “a fundamental human right” and warned against the impulse to “relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.” The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to the freedom of worship. [Read more…]

The HHS Mandate Loses Again

This time to a couple of private, religious universities in the state of Texas, and a seminary in Pennsylvania. Good news from the front, via The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Washington, D.C. – Today a Houston federal court delivered a major blow to the controversial HHS mandate ruling in favor of East Texas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. In a 46-page opinion, the court ruled that the federal mandate requiring employers to provide employees with abortion-causing drugs and devices violates federal civil rights laws, and issued an injunction against the mandate. Religious plaintiffs have now won injunctions in 9 out of 12 such cases involving non-profit entities challenging the mandate. [Read more…]

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Files Lawsuit Against The Unconstitutional HHS Mandate

This just in from the Alliance Defending Freedom,

DENVER — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Obama administration on behalf of the Colorado-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the administration’s mandate that religious employers provide insurance coverage for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections. [Read more…]

University of Notre Dame Re-Files Lawsuit Against The HHS Department

A little while ago, I mentioned that all of the HHS Mandate lawsuits that the government dismissed as being premature, are now at full gestation.

Here’s an example of that fact from the University of Notre Dame website. [Read more…]

Helen Alvaré Speaks Her Mind On The HHS Mandate

A few days before Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court decided to hear arguments in a couple of cases regarding religious liberty and the HHS Mandate. The biggest surprise to me was how this news garnered scant attention.

In an effort to move that needle a bit, Helen Alvaré has a piece up in USA Today entitled, Obamacare attacks religion, but hurts women. Take a look, [Read more…]

SCOTUS Will Hear Arguments On The HHS Mandate’s Impact On Hobby Lobby

As expected, Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and other businesses contesting the HHS Mandate, will have their day in the highest court in the land.

Robert Barnes of the Washington Post reports, [Read more…]

Remember All The “Premature” HHS Mandate Lawsuits? They’re Mature Now…

I reckon they were in the incubator long enough, because they can head to court once again. Remember when Belmont Abbey College tried to sue the HHS Department back in February, 2012? By summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ case as  being premature. But now, the time is right. [Read more…]

Chalk Up A Victory Against The HHS Mandate UPDATED

D.C. Circuit Court

The opinion for the plaintiffs, Francis and Philip Gilardi, reverses a denial of a prelimary injunction against the HHS mandate handed down by a district court. The decision comes by way of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. The plaintiffs are the owners of Freshway Foods.

Below is a snippet of the majority’s opinion. [Read more…]

In The News: Alabama Joins EWTN In Suit Against The HHS Mandate, and Benghazi-Gate Gets New Life…

As the HHS takes it on the chin for the failures in allowing folks to sign up for Obamacare, another blow is landed on them. [Read more…]

Let’s Hear It For The Little Guy! The Monks Can Make, And Sell, Caskets Freely

I’ve already informed my wife that I wish to be buried in cypress…

I remember learning of this fight a few years back. Would you believe the funeral industry in Louisiana pushed against the little monks of St. Joseph Abbey all the way to the United States Supreme Court? Details below. [Read more…]