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HHS Mandate Accommodation Still Presents Substantial Burden, U.S. Bishops Say
10/9/2014
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officially submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite the “accommodations” made, the HHS mandate remains a substantial burden on religious freedom, according to the USCCB.


Settlement on HHS Mandate Breaks New Ground for Religious Freedom
10/7/2014
L. Brent Bozell, III announced today in a press release that MRC is ending its first-of-a-kind lawsuit against the HHS mandate because of an Agreed Order of Dismissal from the government.


Fr. Miscamble: Notre Dame Board Appointment ‘Mistake That Must Be Rectified’
10/7/2014
Writing one day before the Notre Dame Board of Trustees’ meeting, history professor Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., argued that the appointment of HHS mandate supporter Katie Washington to the board is a “failure in leadership and judgment” and “a mistake that must be rectified.”


Notre Dame Asks SCOTUS to Void Lower Court Decision in Case against HHS Mandate
10/6/2014
The University of Notre Dame filed paperwork on Friday, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby case and exempt the Catholic university from complying with the HHS mandate, The Observer reported.


California Bishops Respond to Abortion Mandate, File Official Complaint
10/2/2014
The California Catholic Conference filed a formal complaint this week with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services citing civil rights violations committed by the California Department of Managed Health Care.


Obama Admin Targets More than 400 Catholic Organizations for HHS Mandate
9/11/2014
The Obama administration’s indication that it will continue its fight for enforcement of its “HHS mandate” against religious nonprofits, could immediately affect more than 400 Catholic organizations participating in the Christian Brothers Trust, including The Cardinal Newman Society.


Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide Comment on HHS Mandate Accommodation
9/8/2014
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.


Criticism Mounts over Notre Dame’s Student Health Plan Covering Abortifacients, Contraceptives
9/5/2014
The University of Notre Dame’s recent decision to renew its student health plan—which provides students with free contraceptives and abortifacients as stipulated in the HHS Mandate—was unnecessary and could undermine its lawsuit against the Mandate.


Newman Society Releases Statement on New HHS Mandate Accommodation
8/28/2014
The following official statement was released this week by The Cardinal Newman Society in response to the changes to the HHS mandate accommodation announced on Friday, August 22.


Christian College Secures Victory over HHS Mandate
8/20/2014
Last week, a federal court ruled in favor of Louisiana College in its suit against the HHS mandate ... The decision ruled that the mandate violated the college’s religious freedom.


California Could Force Abortion Coverage at Catholic Universities, Violating Federal Law
8/12/2014
California’s health care agency is conducting “an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding coverage for abortion services,” in reaction to last year’s decisions by two Catholic universities to end payments for employee health insurance coverage of elective abortion.


Changes to HHS Mandate ‘Accommodation Process’ Coming, Says Obama Admin.
7/23/2014
In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's order granting a Christian college temporary relief from the HHS mandate, the Obama administration is promising to "augment" the mandate's "accommodation process" within the next month.


Use Religious Freedom to Evangelize the Culture, Argues Bishop Conley
7/15/2014
In an article about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Bishop James Conley of the Lincoln Diocese sounded a call for the importance of evangelization in the face of aggressive secularization.


Include Religious Exemption in Looming Executive Order, Religious Leaders Urge President
7/9/2014
A number of religious leaders and academics are urging President Barack Obama to include religious freedom protections in an upcoming executive order which would essentially ban any discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.


Gonzaga Alumni Group Calls for New ‘Sexual Revolution’ Embracing Catholic Teaching
7/8/2014
In its latest bulletin, the alumni group 1887 Trust pointed to the words of Pope Francis, who in January of this year spoke of the need for Catholic colleges to give "uncompromising witness" to the "Church's moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom."


Supreme Court Action Protects Religious College
7/4/2014
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a temporary injunction against enforcement of the HHS mandate for the evangelical Christian Wheaton College, despite the Obama administration’s arguments that its “accommodation” to the HHS mandate does not place a substantial burden on the college’s religious freedom.


Happy Independence Week for Catholic Educators, Religious Freedom
7/3/2014
In addition to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling Monday subsequent federal rulings may hold far-reaching, positive consequences for Catholic schools, colleges and other religious nonprofit organizations.


Hobby Lobby Ruling Supports Challenge to HHS Mandate, Says Thomas Aquinas College
7/2/2014
President Dr. Michael McLean announced in a statement that the College has submitted a letter in a federal court arguing that the recent verdict supports the College's challenge to the HHS mandate.


Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Win Relief from HHS Mandate
7/2/2014
Now, reports the Becket Fund, the plaintiffs "join the 80%+of HHS legal challenges that have resulted in favorable rulings supporting religious freedom."


Cheered by Ruling on HHS Mandate, Catholic Educators Await Their Day in Court
6/30/2014
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that theowners of Hobby Lobby stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not required tocomply with the HHS mandate because of the owners’ religious beliefs.


U.S. Bishops Call for Prayer, Education, Action in Fortnight for Freedom
6/17/2014
The Fortnight takes place during a time, the bishops note, “when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power...”


Notre Dame Could Be ‘Only Catholic Litigant’ Held to HHS Mandate, Warns Alumnus
6/16/2014
The chairman of the Sycamore Trust, a group of Notre Dame alumni committed to strengthening its Catholic identity, wrote a letter arguing that the University should remove a recently appointed board member who supports the HHS mandate.


Alumni Launch Novena for ‘Flourishing and Faithfulness’ of Gonzaga University
6/12/2014
The 1887 Trust, an organization committed to strengthening and promoting the Catholic identity of Gonzaga University, is urging Catholics to join the organization in praying a novena for the University to St. Aloysius Gonzaga.


Media Research Center Case against HHS Mandate Awaits Decision
6/11/2014
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reportedly said he would examine the case further and “would issue a written ruling in the coming weeks.”


Federal Court Exempts Hundreds of Catholic Employers from HHS Mandate
6/10/2014
A federal court has decided that a recently formed coalition called The Catholic Benefits Association, which represents more than 450 employers and 19,000 employees, is exempt from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.


Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
6/9/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic School File Suit over HHS Mandate
5/28/2014
Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt reportedly called the HHS Mandate a “direct affront to our religious freedoms.”


Federal Court Halts Enforcement of HHS Mandate for Two Christian Colleges
5/23/2014
The lawsuit reportedly argued that “the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”


Notre Dame Selects Trustee Who Advocated HHS Mandate, Criticized Bishops
5/22/2014
Notre Dame, which sued the federal government over the HHS mandate, has just named a new member to its Board who has publicly supported the mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.


Cheyenne Diocese, Wyoming Catholic College Denied Injunctive Relief from HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.


Media Research Center Files Unique Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate
5/14/2014
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, MRC is the first organization to affirm its "self-certification" as an exempt organization based upon its Judeo-Christian beliefs.


Alumni Urge Gonzaga to Focus on Catholic Identity amidst Quest for Top Rankings
5/8/2014
“Can Gonzaga be highly ranked in U.S. News and World Report and still be faithfully Catholic?” the alumni asked. “We say yes, but not if the university stays on its current trajectory.”


Thomas Aquinas College Prays Novena for HHS Mandate Case
4/30/2014
The novena begins today, April 30, and will end on May 8—the day that the District of Columbia Circuit Court will hear the federal government’s appeal of TAC’s victory over the HHS mandate.


FOCUS Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/25/2014
FOCUS, a non-profit Catholic organization which employs more than 400 people, is a campus-based outreach program that brings Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to students at colleges and universities.


James Dobson’s Ministry Granted Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/22/2014
In a decision with implications for religious freedom advocates, a U.S. District Judge has issued an injunction preventing the federal government from imposing the HHS mandate on Dobson's radio ministry.


ACLU Supports HHS Mandate against Wyoming Catholic Groups
4/16/2014
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to insert itself on the side of the government and against the Catholic organizations in Wyoming, including Wyoming Catholic College, that are resisting the HHS mandate.


Pro-Abortion Rights Howard Dean to Keynote Event at Benedictine University in Illinois
4/15/2014
Benedictine University in Illinois will host former presidential candidate and past Vermont governor Howard Dean as its keynote speaker at an event discussing politics and Obamacare.


Notre Dame Petitions Court for Rehearing in HHS Mandate Case
4/9/2014
The petition filed by the University argues that Notre Dame seeks to provide health coverage to its employees “in a manner consistent with its Catholic beliefs.” 


Newman Society President Lectures at Georgetown on Threats to Catholic Education
4/3/2014
“There seems to be a growing intolerance for those who teach and live the Catholic faith—intolerance from nonbelievers but also, and perhaps especially, from dissenting Catholics," said Patrick Reilly.


Wyoming Catholic College Gets Temporary Stay after Complaint against HHS Mandate
4/2/2014
WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.”


Supreme Court Denies Early Review of Some Lawsuits against HHS Mandate
4/1/2014
The cases will continue in the Court of Appeals in the Washington D.C. Circuit and the option of either the plaintiffs or defendants appealing the federal court’s decision is still available.


Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming Catholic College Request Injunction from HHS Mandate
3/31/2014
This motion is in addition to the lawsuit filed by the institutions earlier this year.


Georgia Catholic Non-Profits Not Subject to HHS Mandate, Judge Says
3/28/2014
In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Duffey reportedly ruled that the Obama administration is not permitted to enforce the mandate as it would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.


Catholic Univ. of America Professors Release ‘Catechism for Business’
3/26/2014
“The social teaching of the Church is based on reason and the natural law, and therefore can be helpful to everyone, not just Catholics,” said Andrew Abela in a recent interview.


Ave Maria President Offers Commentary on Supreme Court HHS Mandate Case
3/26/2014
“Their debate will provide insights into what might ultimately happen with our lawsuit (that has been stayed pending the high court’s ruling),” said Ave Maria University President Jim Towey.


Fairfield U. to Host Sr. Campbell for Lecture, Cites Role as ‘Advocate for Change’ in Church
3/25/2014
Fairfield University is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program on campus by hosting a lecture by "Nuns on the Bus" activist Sr. Simone Campbell.


Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case
3/25/2014
The Supreme Court today is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate, with implications for Catholic colleges and religious freedom.


Mercyhurst to Honor Sr. Simone Campbell, Cites Pro-Obamacare 'Nuns' Letter'
3/14/2014
In a press release announcing the award, Mercyhurst University specifically cites Sr. Campbell's authorship of the “'nuns' letter' that helped pass the Affordable Care Act.”


Federal Appellate Court Denies Injunctive Relief, Questions Remedy Desired by Notre Dame
2/24/2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in a 2-1 decision on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling and rejected the relief desired by the Catholic university.


Professor Argues for ‘More than Grudging Tolerance’ of Morality
2/24/2014
Professor Sisk of the University of St. Thomas School of Law recently challenged the prevailing view in academic circles of contraception as a “positive social good” and made a plea for tolerance for those who disagree.


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