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Supreme Court Denies Early Review of Some Lawsuits against HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court has declined to offer an early review of the lawsuits against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate that were filed by several Catholic organizations including Priests for Life, the Archdiocese of Washington, The Catholic University of America (CUA), and Thomas Aquinas College, according to Zenit.

The cases have not been rejected and the lawsuits have not been dismissed.  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. Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said that option was likely.

“We will certainly appeal to the Supreme Court if the lower court does not rule in our favor,” he said. “Moreover, no matter what any court says at any time, we will disobey this mandate. It is unjust, immoral, and intolerable.”

Oral arguments, scheduled to take place early next month, will likely be the first heard by a federal appellate court involving religious non-profits against the HHS mandate.

Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center and general counsel for Priests for Life reportedly said this is a landmark case as it will be the first one brought by a non-profit against the HHS mandate heard in federal court. "This case with Priests for Life is the lead case for the non-profit religious organizations challenging the mandate similar to how Hobby Lobby is the lead case for the for-profit companies challenging the HHS mandate," he reportedly said.

CUA and Thomas Aquinas College are both recommended as faithful Catholic colleges in The Newman Guide.

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