U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments Next Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 15, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH):
While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.
-George Washington, letter to Benedict Arnold, Sep. 14. 1775
The following request has been received from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati –
PRAY FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS
On Wednesday of Holy Week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the cases of the Little Sisters of the Poor and six other non-profit religious groups (several non-Catholic) which are challenging the so-called “contraceptive mandate” of the Affordable Care Act. This mandate would require them to provide their employees with insurance coverage for 20 kinds of contraception, some of which may be abortifacients.
The groups say the mandate violates their rights under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. An “accommodation” offered by the government is unacceptable to them because it would still make them complicit in providing morally objectionable services by filling out a form.
The Little Sisters of the Poor have selflessly served the elderly poor since their founding in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan. They have been in Cincinnati since 1872. If the Supreme Court rules against them, they face the painful choice of violating their corporate conscience or paying fines estimated at $75 million a year. Pope Francis gave mute witness to the justice of their cause by visiting their Washington, D.C., home during his visit to the United States last September.
Please pray that the ultimate decision of the Supreme Court will respect the religious liberty of non-profit employers. This is not only a Constitutional right, but a human right. In particular, the Little Sisters ask you to join them in prayer at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, patron of the congregation and of the universal Church.
Learn more about the court case from the Little Sisters website at: