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Catholic Charities of Chicago lawsuit shows reach of HHS mandate

Jul 10, 2012 - 01:03 pm .- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has joined two Catholic dioceses and their charitable affiliates in a lawsuit over the federal contraception mandate, a move that one observer says demonstrates the potential societal impact of the rule.

Administration's abortion commitment may be aiding sex-slave industry

Jul 1, 2012 - 05:09 pm .- By insisting on abortion referrals in its anti-trafficking work, the Obama administration may be inadvertently helping the perpetrators of sex-slavery, a former Health and Human Services official says.

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

Jun 21, 2012 - 04:05 am .- A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut the U.S. bishops and the “Fortnight for Freedom” events intended to rally opposition to the HHS mandate.

Knights of Columbus files comment against altered HHS mandate

Jun 20, 2012 - 11:31 am .- The Knights of Columbus has filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services asking the Obama administration to expand religious exemptions or rescind “altogether” the mandate for insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception.

Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

Jun 15, 2012 - 05:12 pm .- In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration’s compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization.

US bishops appreciate reprieve for some immigrants

Jun 15, 2012 - 03:37 pm .- The U.S. bishops' conference offered its praise for a June 15 presidential order halting the deportation of younger immigrants who would have been eligible for benefits of the proposed DREAM Act.

Faith leaders decry mandate's creation of religious classes

Jun 13, 2012 - 12:23 am .- Nearly 150 leaders and supporters of faith-based service organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it creates class distinctions for religious groups.

HHS mandate defender sees Catholic institutions as distractions

Jun 11, 2012 - 03:35 pm .- Washington Post columnist Anthony Stevens-Arroyo is a Catholic who does not believe the Obama Administration is attacking religious liberty by mandating Catholic institutions to pay for birth control in their employee health plans.

Catholic lawmaker seeks colleagues' support for HHS mandate suits

Jun 10, 2012 - 03:57 pm .- A Catholic congressman from Louisiana is organizing an effort to have lawmakers file legal briefs in favor of lawsuits against the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate.

Second nationwide rally shows religious freedom movement has momentum

Jun 8, 2012 - 04:49 pm .- Speakers and attendees at religious freedom rallies across the United States stressed that Americans are committed to defending their liberties from threats like the contraception mandate and that opposition to them is building.

Mandate lawsuits stem from faith, not politics, bishop says

Jun 8, 2012 - 12:45 pm .- The Catholic Church has challenged the U.S. government's contraception mandate to protect faith, not to influence politics, Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik explained in a June 7 USA Today editorial.

Religious freedom movement holding new national rallies June 8

Jun 5, 2012 - 02:26 am .- On June 8, Stand Up For Religious Freedom will hold its second round of national protests against the contraception mandate, continuing the movement that drew tens of thousands of protesters in March.

Legal expert counters claim that mandate is not religious persecution

Jun 4, 2012 - 03:58 pm .- In response to assertions by Professor Stephen Schneck that the federal contraception mandate is not a form of religious persecution, lawyer Hannah Smith is warning that it shows a dangerous disregard for the First Amendment’s protections of religious freedom

Bishop Blaire rejects claims of division over mandate lawsuits

May 25, 2012 - 12:59 pm .- Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. has clarified that he is united with his fellow bishops in their efforts to oppose the threat to religious freedom posed by the federal contraception mandate.

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says

May 25, 2012 - 04:15 am .- As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly larger numbers at the polls, they will be “the decisive vote this November.”

Vatican delegate insists on respect for faith-based health care

May 23, 2012 - 07:59 pm .- The Vatican’s head delegate to the World Health Assembly said that while the Church supports universal health care access, states must respect and welcome the efforts of the private sphere in achieving that goal.

Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

May 23, 2012 - 04:02 am .- Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

African American leaders blast NAACP 'gay marriage' support

May 23, 2012 - 02:03 am .- The NAACP's recent endorsement of “gay marriage” drew harsh criticism from within the African American community for misrepresenting civil rights and undermining families.

Catholics nationwide preparing 'Fortnight for Freedom' events

May 20, 2012 - 05:45 pm .- Various initiatives are planned throughout the country in response to the U.S. bishops’ call for a “Fortnight for Freedom” June 21-July 4 to encourage prayer, education and public action about religious freedom.

DC archdiocese’s paper hammers Sebelius appearance at Georgetown

May 15, 2012 - 12:32 am .- The Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper has said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as a featured speaker at a Georgetown University awards ceremony is a sign that the prestigious Jesuit school is not standing with the Catholic bishops in defense of religious freedom.

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