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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.”

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  • 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.

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