Liberty of Religion | The Fight is on as Catholics File Lawsuits over ‘ObamaCare’

  • Posted May 21, 2012

Whether atheist, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Hindu, Orthodox, etc. This case may prove to be the most important in the future of liberty. Will it be a victorious defense of freedom? Or will it be a harbinger of things to come paving the way for an increasingly tyrannical government?

The “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as “ObamaCare,” has prompted the galvanizing of Catholic groups all over America. With 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and other church agencies filing lawsuits, the fight to defend liberty of religion has ramped up.

Catholics point to an unwarranted government definition of religion, a mandate to act against church teachings, and a violation of civil personal rights as the impetus behind their defense.

A May 21 Statement from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York   president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there’s still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now. Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. It’s also a great show of the diversity of the Church’s ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate – ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”

Church leaders have attempted negotiation to address the sterilization and contraception coverage mandate. However, the Administration’s proposed accommodation didn’t come close to satisfying religious freedom. But the issue is not about contraception, it is about forcing one to take part in something that is in violation of their beliefs.



What about those that aren’t Catholic? Or those who don’t follow any organized religion? Or those who fully support sterilization and contraception? Why should they concern themselves with this issue?

Well, even if you are not Catholic, this fight still pertains to you. If the government gets away with eroding Constitutional rights of one group, then the precedent will be set. They will then have basis to erode the Constitutional rights of another group…..Eventually, it will be your group.

So what can you do to join the fight for liberty of religion?


First and foremost, the Church asks for your prayers. Whether you are Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish or whatever, use the power of prayer as a weapon in this battle.

Not religious? Then forward the information to others and impact the public discourse. It’s not about contraception, this is about one’s religious liberty. Today, its forcing Catholics to violate their consciences. Tomorrow, it may be forcing you to do the equivalent of sitting through a Latin Mass.


The Archdiocese of Washington has setup a few resources.  Preserve Religious Freedom is a campaign/website setup in dedication to their lawsuit. The Archdiocese also has planned “Sacred Property,” a “Celebration of Freedom” to be held on June 24 at 4:00 pm in Washington DC. This public witness of faith will be held at the Smith Center of George Washington University.


This battle for religious freedom is not the first, and it certainly won’t be the last. But a simple tactic used throughout all of human history can be seen here. An entity will make an overreach, to which there is a pushback, and then a concession, then finally a compromise. This is simple psychology. The initial overreach was never supposed to work, but give the opponent the feeling of victory when they negotiate and compromise. This was the aggressors plan from start, and with patience, they can accomplish many evils. This incrementalism can see a culture completely destroyed within decades. Procinctu believes that this issue of mandating people to violate their consciences is a form of this tactic. There can be no compromise on this issue because ANY compromise will only provide a stepping stone by which the violation will be perpetrated yet again in the future. Do NOT compromise.


Who are the 43? source

1. D.D.C. Lawsuit

  • Archdiocese of Washington
  • Consortium of Catholic Academies
  • Archbishop Carroll High School
  • Catholic Charities of D.C.
  • The Catholic University of America

2. E.D.N.Y. Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Rockville Centre
  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island
  • Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
  • Archdiocese of N.Y.
  • ArchCare

3. W.D.Pa. (Erie Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Erie
  • St. Martin Center
  • Prince of Peace Center

4. W.D.Pa. (Pitt. Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Catholic Cemeteries Association of Diocese of Pittsburgh

5. N.D.Tex. (Dallas Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Dallas

6. N.D.Tex. (Fort Worth Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Fort Worth

7. S.D. Ohio (Columbus Div.) Lawsuit

  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Michigan Catholic Conference

8. S.D.Miss. (Gulfport Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Jackson
  • Catholic Charities of Jackson
  • Vicksburg Catholic School
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Diocese of Biloxi
  • De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc.
  • Catholic Social & Community Services Inc.
  • Resurrection Catholic School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School
  • St. Dominic Health Services

9. N.D.Ind. (South Bend Div.) Lawsuit

  • The University of Notre Dame

10. N.D. Ind. (Fort Wayne Div.) Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • St. Anne Home
  • Franciscan Alliance
  • Our Sunday Visitor
  • University of St. Francis

11. N.D.Ill. Lawsuit

  • Diocese of Joliet
  • Catholic Charities of Joliet
  • Diocese of Springfield
  • Catholic Charities of Springfield

12. E.D.Mo. (St. Louis Div.)

  • Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Catholic Charities of St. Louis

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