Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:May 23rd, 2012 20:55 EST
Cardinal Dolan Praises Church Agencies for Suing HSS over Violating Religious Freedom

Cardinal Dolan Praises Church Agencies for Suing HSS over Violating Religious Freedom

By SOP newswire

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a May 21 statement applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.

His statement follows.

"We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress -- and we`ll keep at it -- but there`s still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now.

Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day.

It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. It`s also a great show of the diversity of the Church`s ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate -- ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all."