Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Judge rules against Franciscan University, Michigan Catholic Conference in HHS mandate case

Catholic World News - March 25, 2013

A US district court judge has dismissed a challenge to the HHS mandate brought by Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Judge Algenon Marbley, a Clinton appointee, compared Franciscan University’s concerns about federal enforcement of the mandate to “a phantom specter spawned by the plaintiff’s own unsubstantiated fears.” Judge Marbley added that federal action against the university and the Michigan Catholic Conference would be “a bizarre and unforeseeable occurrence,” based upon the administration's representations in court that it would not enforce the mandate against religious organizations.

“We will not stop fighting this unjust mandate, and we are in this for the long haul,” said Father Terence Henry, president of Franciscan University. “We are very confident in the merits of our case, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect our constitutional right to religious freedom.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,110 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,890.48
52% 48%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Mar. 26, 2013 3:23 AM ET USA

    My prayers are with so many of the Church's institutions. But, they should have known they were shaking hands with the Devil when they began accepting aid from the Government and supporting socialistic big government solutions. All that one need do is look at the pitiful state of the Church in Europe and much of South and middle America to see the fruits of a union between the church and the socialists.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20