HHS Forced Sex Changes? There Ain’t No Fait Accompli For The Church Here

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“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection…

Over at Get Religion, Terry Mattingly wonders why journalists have basically ignored the possibility that the HHS Department has language in their Final Rule Implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that indicates all recipients of monies from HHS must perform gender reassignment surgeries, no religious exceptions allowed.

Like, if you wanted that kind of surgery, you’d want the folks least experienced in providing it to start honing their skills by learning on you. [Read more…]

BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Not To Decide On The HHS Mandate UPDATED

Perhaps it’s a positive development. The Becket Fund is calling it a win for the Little Sisters of the Poor. First, the news from CNN,

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a major ruling on a challenge brought by religiously affiliated non-profit groups to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, wrote that they were not deciding the case on the merits but instead sent the case back down to the lower courts for opposing parties to work out a compromise.

The decision to send the case back to the appellate level appears to be a direct impact of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Scalia, a stalwart conservative, would likely have ruled against the Obama administration.

In its ruling Monday, the court said it is not deciding whether the religious exercise of the challengers has been substantially “burdened.”

“When all is said and done, the challengers may well get what they want — not having to directly provide contraceptive coverage against their religious beliefs,” Vladeck said. “But if the court gets its way, that will be the result of a pragmatic compromise, not a legal ruling about the balance between individual rights and religious freedom.”

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The Little Sisters Of The Poor Take Their Case To SCOTUS

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Photo Credit: The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

A few days ago, I was going to mention that the main reason why some cases are settled justly the first time, while others aren’t, has a lot to do with which circuit court the case is heard in. When a lower court decides against a plaintiff, the next step is to appeal the judgement.

To the highest court of the land, then, is where the Little Sisters of the Poor are headed. Again. [Read more…]

Confused About The HHS Mandate And Bullying The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor Public Domain

St. Jeanne Jugan, Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor
Public Domain

 

Join the club.Evidently there isn’t enough important stuff happening in the world these days, so the Obama Administration plays a game of chicken with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Go figure.

Perhaps doing so makes the Administration feel powerful, while they neglect to do much of anything of substance in other spheres?

Here’s the Wall Street Journal interviewing Stephanie Barclay of the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty. Roll tape. [Read more…]

SCOTUS Scuttles Plan That Would Have Forced Nuns To Violate Their Conscience

It’s temporary, so look for the Administration to raise this ship from the bottom again. The Los Angeles Times reports, [Read more…]

U.S. News Didn’t Dodge The Bigotry Bullet; They Loaded The Weapon, And Pulled The Trigger

That’s how I read their editor’s statement, written by Brian Kelly. Titled as a “Statement on Controversy About Catholics on the Supreme Court,” Kelly begins with, [Read more…]

Dodging The Bigotry Bullet, U.S. News and World Report Hosts Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Yesterday, longtime US News & World Report columnist  Jamie Stiehm posted an anti-Catholic screed regarding the controversy stirred up by Justice Sotomayor’s stay protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from the dictates of the HHS Mandate.

Today, in what I reckon is a move to not show favoritism towards Ms. Stiehm’s skewed viewpoint, they have given Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations at the USCCB, a forum as well. [Read more…]

Bigotry Watch: Chuck Norris, Or U.S. News and World Report? UPDATED

Seriously? I mean you just knew that Chuck Norris was not going to be the bad guy in this post. Right? [Read more…]

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…]

BREAKING: Justice Sotomayor Blocks Enforcement Of The HHS Mandate UPDATED

Bringing in the New Year, and not just at Times Square.

This just in from the Associated Press,

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. [Read more…]