Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,328 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

US bishops file brief in support of companies that object to HHS mandate

Catholic World News - January 29, 2014

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two family-owned companies that object to the HHS mandate.

“The Conference has steadily voiced its opposition to any rule that would require faithful Catholics and other religiously motivated business owners to choose between providing coverage for products and speech that violate their religious beliefs, and exposing their businesses to devastating penalties,” the USCCB stated in the brief.

“Employers are forced to facilitate the provision of coverage they find religiously objectionable, whether it be for the abortion-inducing drugs and devices at issue in this litigation, or also for the similarly mandated contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and related education and counseling at issue in related litigation,” the brief continued. “At bottom, the question pending before this Court is straightforward: absent interests of the highest order, can the Government force entities or individuals to take actions that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs?”

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,706 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,293.70
84% 16%
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: Kansas Girl - Jan. 29, 2014 6:39 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Catholic bishops! You need to hang in there and be true to your faith.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 17 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? 21 hours ago
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6