Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., announced in a press release today that it has joined the lawsuit re-filed today by The Catholic University of America (CUA) and the Archdiocese of Washington to halt the HHS insurance mandate, seeking “a permanent injunction against enforcement of the HHS contraceptive mandate” on the parties.
The complaint against the Obama administration,
“[A]lleges that the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate violates plaintiffs’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by substantially burdening their free exercise of religion without a compelling governmental interest.”
Thomas Aquinas College president Dr. Michael McLean said:
“It is important for a Catholic educational institution such as Thomas Aquinas College to bear witness to itsCatholic character by challenging measures which create a conflict between its duty to obey civil law and its duty to remain faithful to Catholic teaching…”
The College joined the suit re-filed by the Jones Day law firm on behalf of the Archbishop of Washington and CUA. A federal judge had dismissed the case in January, claiming it could not be decided until the Obama administration issued final rules on the mandate.
Dr. McLean is asking friends of Thomas Aquinas College to join students and faculty in praying the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel every day “that we might be victorious in this effort.”
In April, Thomas Aquinas College was one of the many colleges to join The Cardinal Newman Society in submitting an official comment to the Obama administration asserting the religious freedom of Catholic educators.
Both CUA and Thomas Aquinas College are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity.
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