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Fr. Avelino Gonzalez.

HHS mandate 'ominous' threat to religious liberty, priest says

Jun 2, 2012

As the battle to defend religious freedom continues, a Capitol Hill priest said the contraception mandate should be a cause... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila speaks at the May 29, 2012 news conference introducing him to the Denver archdiocese.

Denver archbishop: HHS mandate an attempt to remove religion from society

Jun 1, 2012

Denver's newly-appointed archbishop says the federal contraception mandate is the result of a larger push to remove religion from the... Read more

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire

Bishop Blaire rejects claims of division over mandate lawsuits

May 25, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. has clarified that he is united with his fellow bishops in their efforts... Read more

A view of St. Paul's Hospital.

Most voters doubt Catholic institutions would shut down over mandate

May 25, 2012

A new survey shows that while more Americans are opposing the federal contraception mandate, the majority of voters also doubt... Read more

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

Bishops say HHS lawsuits represent broad Catholic interest

May 23, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Bishops nationwide have voiced support for a wave of recent lawsuits against the federal contraception mandate, explaining that the dioceses... Read more

President of Ave Maria University Jim Towey.

Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

May 23, 2012

Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due... Read more

The University of Notre Dame's administration building and Sacred Heart Basilica.

Notre Dame files legal challenge to HHS mandate

May 21, 2012

The University of Notre Dame filed its own lawsuit against the HHS mandate on May 21, with its president warning... Read more

President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius at the press conference on Preventive Health Services and Religious Institutions.

Forty-three Catholic organizations file lawsuits against HHS mandate

May 21, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Forty-three Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country have announced religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government to challenge the... Read more

Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote and concerned members of the Georgetown community holds the four binders with more than 35,000 signatures.

Sebelius petition with 35,000 signatures reaches Georgetown president

May 18, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures was recently delivered to the president of Georgetown University in protest of... Read more

US Bishops' attorneys call mandate 'accommodation' inadequate

May 16, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Arguing that a promised “accommodation” to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate fails to address religious freedom concerns, attorneys for the... Read more

Franciscan University drops health insurance over HHS mandate

May 15, 2012

Rather than compromise its Catholic values by complying with the federal contraception mandate, Franciscan University has decided to drop its... Read more

Georgetown University's Healy Hall.

DC archdiocese’s paper hammers Sebelius appearance at Georgetown

May 14, 2012

The Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper has said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as a featured speaker at a Georgetown... Read more

Gov. Jan Brewer.

Ariz. governor praised for signing religious freedom bill

May 14, 2012

Governor Jan Brewer drew praise for signing a measure into law that allows employers in Arizona to opt out of... Read more

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the Senate Finance Committee.

Over 15,000 protest Georgetown’s invitation to Sebelius

May 9, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

More than 15,000 people have signed an open letter protesting Georgetown University’s decision to invite U.S. Health and Human Services... Read more

Legatus files suit against HHS mandate

May 8, 2012

Legatus, a national organization of leading Catholic business CEOs and professional leaders, has filed a federal lawsuit against the HHS... Read more

USCCB Fall General Assembly, November 15, 2011.

Bishops say mandate fight is about government defining religion

Mar 14, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

The U.S. bishops are emphasizing that their opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate is not about birth control or... Read more

Catholics pray in church.

Pa. bishops respond to HHS mandate with day of fasting and prayer

Mar 13, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Pennsylvania are calling for a day of prayer, fasting and abstinence on March 30 in response... Read more

Stacy Molai (second from right) with some of the students she serves. Photo courtesy of FOCUS.

Catholic woman would rather risk life than follow HHS mandate

Mar 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A missionary serving at a Nebraska college says she is willing to risk her finances, her health and even her... Read more


HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

Mar 8, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished... Read more

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

Senate rejects Blunt amendment to defend religious freedom

Mar 1, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

An amendment to ensure that a religious exemption would be included in the federal health care overhaul was killed by... Read more