USCCB president emphasizes continued opposition to HHS mandate
May 18, 2016
Reacting to the US Supreme Court’s Zubik v. Burwell decision, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops emphasized “the unity and resolve that the bishops of the United States have expressed repeatedly in opposition to the HHS mandate.”
Stating that he was “encouraged by [the] unanimous decision of the Supreme Court,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said that “it wipes away the bad decisions that so many of our charitable ministries were appealing, it maintains hope that we might resolve this dispute finally and favorably sometime in the future, and in the meantime, it prevents the Administration from issuing crippling fines against those who object.”
Archbishop Kurtz added that the
USCCB will continue its opposition to the HHS mandate in all three branches of government. We are grateful to the Supreme Court for the opportunity to continue that effort. We remain convinced that, as a nation, we do not wish to push people of faith and their ministries out of charitable work – under threat of severe government fines – or leave freedom of religion protected only in private worship.
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