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Dallas Diocese joins federal lawsuit against HHS contraception mandate May 22, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.

For what it’s worth, the Dallas Diocese joined several dozen other Catholic entities in filing suit against the Obama administration over the contraception mandate imposed by anti-Catholic catholyc Kathleen Sebelius’ Health and Human Services Department (yet another cabinet-level department, which, like the Department of Education, which should be abolished). 

On May 21, 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas made a stand for religious liberty by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Dallas, challenging a regulation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that violates the religious freedoms of faith-based entities in the United States. [By filing suit in a number of venues, there is a greater chance that one of the courts that hears the case will declare the mandate unconstitutional.  There are many such lawsuits working their way through the federal courts] The federal regulation requires some religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services that violate the religious beliefs of the Catholic Church and the diocese.[Can’t you just say that contraception is immoral and antithetical to the Faith?] Besides the Diocese of Dallas, 42 Catholic entities in eleven other federal jurisdictions around the country, including the Diocese of Fort Worth, simultaneously filed similar federal lawsuits.

The HHS mandate does offer some exemptions but uses very narrow criteria in determining which entities qualify as religious organizations requiring that they must primarily provide services to persons who share their religious tenets. Catholic schools, hospitals and organizations that offer assistance to the poor currently provide services regardless of a person’s religious beliefs or affiliation. Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, leader of the 1.2 million [uhhh…..] Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas, expressed grave concern about the government intrusion. “We used to only ask, ‘Are you hungry. Are you in need?’ With this mandate, we will now have to ask, ‘Are you Catholic?’ The burden that would be put back on the government would be great should Catholic assistance be forced to disappear. It is alarming to think of the thousands, in our area alone, who would not receive assistance if this mandate stands.”

The lawsuit filed by the diocese argues that establishing these criteria violates the constitutional right of religion to exercise freely without government intrusion and also that the government should not decide how a religious organization is defined.

Mary Edlund, Chancellor for the Diocese of Dallas, adds; “We are confident that the courts will view such an intrusion as a serious violation of the Church’s constitutional right to formulate its teachings and operate according to those teachings.”

Well, there is already great anticipation regarding the Supreme Court ruling on a case already heard, regarding whether ANY mandate to buy insurance under Obamacare is constitutional. While not directly tied to this contraception mandate, if the Supreme Court rules that the federal government does not have the power to force someone to buy a product (medical insurance), that would seem to apply to the contraception mandate, as well.  But, they could rule narrowly, making this diocesan lawsuit, among others, necessary.

We’ve been in this particular persecution for several months, now.  The golden opportunity to catechize the culture and Church on the inherent evil of contraception is slipping away.  Instead, we have language regarding “religious liberty,” which is really an erroneous concept from the Catholic perspective, anyway.  I’m sure the bishops are concerned that framing this matter as opposition to an evil (contraception) will not play as well with the public, and within the Church, as this “religious liberty” notion.  But selfless leaders possessed of heroic virtue should not be concerned about how things “play” – they should proclaim the Truth loudly and boldly, and at all times.

And that, more than anything, is what I pray for, and constantly.

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