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Wyoming Catholic College, Cheyenne Diocese Seeking Relief from HHS Mandate

Religious freedomWyoming Catholic College announced on December 30 that it has joined the Diocese of Cheyenne in seeking a legal injunction from the HHS mandate requiring insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization, and some abortifacients.

Dr. Kevin Roberts, Wyoming Catholic College president, issued a strongly worded statement against the HHS mandate and asserted the College's resolve to resist the infringement on its religious freedom.

Dr. Roberts asked friends and supporters of the College to "keep in mind the spurious history of this legislation. First, 'religious employers' were to be exempt from the contraceptive mandate, but further examination showed that even colleges like ours, who are deeply committed to Church teaching and renowned for fidelity to the Roman Catholic Church, are not considered 'religious employers.' Consequently, the Administration articulated the so-called 'accommodation,' which accommodates nothing other than an alternative, cunning method for us to violate our beliefs. And finally, even though our health insurance plan is self-funded—supposedly, a fact worthy of protection according to the Act—once again, further examination demonstrates that the opposite is true in practice."

"Trust me—we would certainly prefer to be spending our time and resources on other priorities. But I suppose the irony is that we form our students here to be virtuous leaders, ready to respond whenever duty, however inconvenient, beckons. The history of both the Church and the Republic is filled with people who stood in the face of injustice, laboring humbly but diligently toward its end. And so shall we, for the costs of not doing so are too great—not only for us, but for all Americans."

"So I will be clear: 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. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan has remarked, 'This is a fight that we didn’t ask for, and would rather not be in, but it’s certainly one that we won’t run from.'"

Wyoming Catholic College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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