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Belmont Abbey President: Christmas Came Early

In a statement released to The Cardinal Newman Society concerning an appellate court’s decision to reinstate Belmont Abbey College’s case against the HHS mandate, College President Dr. William Thierfelder said:

Christmas came early this year! The D.C. Circuit Federal Court of Appeals’ ruling is a major victory for Belmont Abbey College in its challenge to the HHS mandate. The two concessions made by the government lawyers in court to never enforce the current mandate against Belmont Abbey College and to publish a proposed new rule by the end of the first quarter in 2013, are the answers to our prayers. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has done an extrodinary job in defending us and I most grateful for Kyle Duncan’s masterful presentation to the court.

The court not only reinstated Belmont Abbey’s lawsuit but is also holding the government to promises it made in court to “never enforce [the mandate] in its current form” against Belmont Abbey College as well as publish a proposed new rule in the first quarter of 2013.

Wheaton College, an evangelical institution, is a co-plaintiff on the case.

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