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Judge dismisses Illinois dioceses’ suit against HHS mandate

February 11, 2013

A US district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Joliet, the Diocese of Springfield, and four other Illinois Catholic entities against the HHS mandate.

Judge John Darrah, a Clinton appointee and alumnus of Loyola University in Chicago, ruled that the case was not ripe because the dioceses and Catholic organizations had not yet suffered injury from the mandate.


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  • Posted by: lavtserp - Feb. 11, 2013 9:24 PM ET USA

    It is obvious to any common sense person what is GOING to transpire. The Safe Harbor period will be followed by actuality against Christian morality. This is akin to the unsinkable Titanic and its initial safe traveling before hitting the iceberg. Why does our legal system have to sink the ship before doing something. In the case of the HHS it is absolutely clear what will happen.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 11, 2013 5:58 PM ET USA

    It is surprising to see the number of judges who don't consider government action to take away our constitutional rights worthy of judicial action. The judges are implying that the loss of a constitutional right is inconsequential if the plaintiff doesn't suffer financial damages. I guess we will have to calculate the cost of a sin and the loss of one's soul in order to get a hearing in the federal court system!

  • Posted by: Pete - Feb. 11, 2013 5:31 PM ET USA

    The case is "ripe" all right! I thought we were more about preventing injury than trying to recover after injury. The darn law is a definite violation of religious liberty and should be struck down on those grounds. So the judge graduated from Loyola? I guess none of that training sunk in.