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Illinois diocese files suit against HHS mandate

Catholic World News - August 10, 2012

The Diocese of Peoria has joined dozens of other dioceses and Catholic organizations in filing suit against the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to halt the implementation of its contraceptive-coverage mandate.

“I have an obligation to protect the Church’s ability to freely practice our religion," said Bishop Daniel Jenky. "Fortunately, we have recourse to the Constitution and the strong conviction of our Founding Fathers who clearly intended to keep the government out of the internal affairs of the Church. America’s great history and tradition of religious freedom is embedded in the First Amendment.”

“As bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, I cannot remain silent while the right of Catholics to practice our faith is being so gravely threatened,” he added.

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