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Obama administration targets Catholic teaching with HHS mandate, Washington lawsuit charges

October 21, 2013

In a lawsuit challenging the contraceptive mandate, the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, argues that the Obama administration has pursued a “conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize” Catholic teaching.

“When the government promulgated the mandate, it was acutely aware that the gap in coverage for contraception was due primarily to the religious beliefs and practices of employers such as the Catholic Church,” the archdiocese argues in a legal memorandum supporting its complaint.

The lawsuit makes the claim that the administration’s policy is a direct challenge to religious freedom: “But instead of pursuing one of a wide variety of options for increasing access to contraception without forcing these religious groups to participate in the effort, the government deliberately chose to pick a high-profile fight by forcing religious groups to provide or facilitate access to contraception in violation of their core beliefs.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 26, 2013 6:28 PM ET USA

    "...another wedge..." Another wedge? There was already a wedge, and that is a wedge between the Bishops and God. If they had been doing their jobs (over the past 50 or so years) this would have never reached this point. If Satan is involved, it is because we have given him a ridiculously easy target.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 22, 2013 7:17 AM ET USA

    The Archdiocese of Washington, DC, deserves our thanks and praise for having the courage to challenge this corrupt administration for its unconstitutional actions aimed at the Church. The Obama administration is truly evil, and the liberal progressive members of the USCCB who believe in cooperating with them do Christ's Church no service. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees ..."

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 21, 2013 10:25 PM ET USA

    It would appear that some people still think they can "use" the American federal government to acheive their utopian ends without surrendering the moral integrity which is their unique responsibility.

  • Posted by: shrink - Oct. 21, 2013 6:26 PM ET USA

    “When the government promulgated the mandate, it was acutely aware that the gap in coverage for contraception was due primarily to the religious beliefs and practices of employers such as the Catholic Church,” Ah yes, and there's the rub, because it is a teaching of the Catholic Church, but it is not believed or practiced by the faithful for the most part. Obama is demonically clever in his mandate, which drives yet another wedge between the laity and the the Bishops.