“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”
– President of the USCCB, Timothy Cardinal Dolan
The Catholic bishops of the United States continue to call for a change to the HHS imposed mandate that violates conscience rights & religious liberty. The Administration’s “accommodation” still forces objecting organizations and individuals to pay for “services” that violate their religious convictions.
Four key points regarding the HHS mandate ruling status:
- The mandate has not changed.
- The “religious employer” exemption still excludes most religious organizations.
- The proposed “accommodation” for non-exempt religious employers does not remove the burden on religious freedom.
- Many with moral and religious objections remain ineligible for any exemption or “accommodation.”
The bishops of Minnesota, in solidarity with their brother bishops throughout the country, call on Congress and the Administration to support legislation that provides appropriate conscience rights and protects the First Amendment rights of citizens and Catholic institutions.