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Pax Christi, Call to Action chapters plan to oppose diocese, back HHS mandate in court

Catholic World News - August 09, 2012

Call to Action Pennsylvania, Catholics for Social Justice, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi and the Association of Pittsburgh Priests are seeking permission from a judge to file a friend-of-the-court brief in defense of the HHS mandate.

The four organizations criticized the Diocese of Erie, which has filed suit to overturn the mandate, for “join[ing] the attack on an important legislative effort to provide universal health care -- a vital human right that Church teaching has supported for decades as a natural right possessed by all people as a matter of social justice.”

The diocese’s opposition to the mandate “inappropriately inserts the Church into a civil dispute publicly viewed as partisan,” the organizations added.

One of the four organizations, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests, is not an official diocesan organization; rather, it is a self-described group “of ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our baptismal call to be priests and prophets.” The National Catholic Reporter estimated in 1999 that 10% of Pittsburgh priests belong to the organization.

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  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Aug. 09, 2012 6:00 PM ET USA

    Hopefully hundreds of truly Catholic organizations will support the Erie Diocese.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Aug. 09, 2012 4:46 PM ET USA

    "One of the four organizations..." is not "official" ? Sounds like none should be. This is rather more than a partisan issue. Willl the bishop speak up? This will depend on the judge who can reject the amicus brief, accept it but ignore it, or read it.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 09, 2012 4:37 PM ET USA

    Anathema sint! This gives aid and comfort to the enemy, the enemy on earth and in the nether regions. Remember that all this has one purpose--to destroy the Catholic Church

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Aug. 09, 2012 4:34 PM ET USA

    This is the direct result of the confused message the bishops have promulgated and tolerated within the "social justice" crowd since Vatican II. The True Faith teaches charity, but the Father of Lies Before All Time twists its meaning among those who fail to understand, and this kind of intellectual pablum results. Sadly, such dissent from those who reject the truth will encourage further the demons who wish to spread the lies.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Aug. 09, 2012 12:30 PM ET USA

    OMIGOSH! Do you think that the judge will consider the CCC and Papal Documents as the basis for Catholic resistance to the HHS mandate? One trembles.

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