Loading
Catholic Charities argues for exemption from contraceptive coverage

.- Lawyers for Catholic Charities of Albany urged the state Court of Appeals Wednesday to either expand an exemption for state-mandated contraceptive coverage to include all faith-based organizations or to declare the exemption unconstitutional.

Catholic Charities of Albany and other faith-based groups brought the lawsuit against the state Insurance Department. They say the religious exemption that applies to organizations, like seminaries, but does not apply to faith-based organizations that serve the public is unconstitutional.

Albany lawyer Michael Costello asked the highest court in the state to issue an injunction that would release the faith-based groups from compliance.
 
"You can judiciously craft an appropriate exemption," he reportedly told the seven judges. "You can either expand it or declare the exemption unconstitutional."

Costello observed that the current legislation, which stipulates grounds for the exemption, is the first to establish “a notion of what it means to be a religious employer."

"They've crossed the line here in an unconstitutional way,” Costello said adding that the religious exemption should be expanded to include groups like Catholic Charities.

The New York State Catholic Conference has said the law attempts to destroy the Church's network of social services, hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Furthermore, the conference maintains that the law is a means of mandating coverage for abortion.

The court is expected to render a decision in about a month.
 


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: