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Court Removes Relief from HHS Mandate Granted to Aquinas College, Other Plaintiffs

courtThe 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reversed itself by withdrawing the temporary injunction from the HHS mandate granted last January to Aquinas College, its owner the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, as well as several other Catholic organizations in Tennessee and Michigan, according to court documents.

Catholic News Service reports:

The Catholic plaintiffs include the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation.

Writing for the court June 11, Judge Karen Nelson Moore said the plaintiffs already have available to them a way they can refuse to provide the coverage based on their moral objections.

She was referring to what the government calls “an accommodation,” requiring these employers to direct a third party to pay for coverage they find objectionable, but Catholic and other entities say the accommodation still does not solve their problem. They object to being involved at any level with this coverage.

The Cardinal Newman Society reported earlier this year when the same Circuit Court of Appeals granted temporary relief from the HHS mandate to Aquinas College and its fellow plaintiffs.

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

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