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Catholic network not dropping lawsuit


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2/10/2012

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ABSTRACTEWTN Statement on Today's Obama Announcement | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  April 8, 2012   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Christmas Music Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tim Drake Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News EWTN Statement on Today's Obama Announcement (3841) Catholic network does not plan to drop lawsuit against government. Share by THE EDITORS 02/10/2012 Comments (41) Michael Warsaw, president and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, issued this statement today in reaction to President Obama’s announcement of an “accommodation” to the Health and Human Services rule that all employers cover contraceptives and sterilizations. The network yesterday filed a lawsuit against HHS because the rule violates the religious liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. “I am certainly pleased to see that EWTN’s decision to file suit against the recent contraception mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services may have played some role in forcing the administration to revisit the application of these rules on religious institutions. However, we remain quite skeptical that the changes announced by President Obama will in fact address the concerns raised by EWTN.  “According to a White House statement, some religious institutions may no longer be required to directly provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs; however, this accommodation may not actually apply to EWTN or actually give any relief to the network and other similar organizations. Like EWTN, many religious institutions self-insure their health-care plans, meaning that we will still be forced to pay for these services in violation of our religious beliefs. Today’s announcement certainly does not give any hope to countless individual business owners and people of faith who share the concern about being required to provide for these services which they personally find immoral. “EWTN is particularly concerned that the proposed rules for non-exempted religious organizations will still not be finalized until later in the coming year.  This leaves EWTN and other such organizations very uncertain about what the future may hold with regard to this mandate. We will continue to consult with our legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to determine the implications of this revised approach; however, our legal action against the administration will continue.” Filed under Comments Post a Comment Posted by George on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 2:45 PM (EST): Thank you, EWTN.  Thank you for standing firm. Posted by Martha Osum on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 3:10 PM (EST): Obama is using divide and rule strategy so be firm in your decisions Posted by Mary Jane Fritz on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 3:27 PM (EST): Congratulations for holding firm. Obama cannot be trusted. Let’s hope that the USCCB led by Arch. Dolan stands with you. Let’s urge the Bishops to tell Catholics that they must vote for strong pro-life candidates in the Primaries and Nov.  We must also ask Arch. Dolan to withdraw “Faithful Citizenship” - the old seamless garment ideology which has gotten us in the dire situation we face today. Posted by Laura B on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 3:28 PM (EST): It seems to me that the WH merely closed a loophole, the very narrow exemption.  Formerly, churches which employed only those of their faith could opt out. Now that all insurance providers will be offering “free” contraceptive for ALL health plans, there will be no place to go to opt out. Instead, the “free” contraceptives will be paid for by premiums which employers and employees will both pay. This is smoke and mirrors. Calling a dog a pig does not mean you have bacon. This is still a dog. The Fed has no constitutional right to mandate that any individual purchase anything. Don’t get distracted by the appearance of moderating this offense.  They have no right to do ANY of this. Don’t let them tell you they are giving us a gift to slightly change the unlawful thing to a re-packaged unlawful thing. Posted by Carmen Martinez on Friday, Feb 10, 2012 3:29 PM (EST): The announcement by the President,does not give a solution to the imposition of the goverment in the contraceptive issue. I suppose the insurance companies will increase the premiums including the Catholic institutions to p.......