U.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly


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ABSTRACTU.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly Home | Offices | Bookstore | Contact Us | Share | Subscribe Buscar / Search: Prayer and Worship Blessings Devotionals Homiletics Liturgical Calendar Liturgical Resources The Mass La Santa Misa Prayers Resources for the Eucharist Sacraments Beliefs and Teachings Who We Teach How We Teach What We Believe Ecumenical and Interreligious Vocations Issues and Action Get Involved Take Action Now Religious Liberty Faithful Citizenship Marriage and Family Cultural Diversity Human Life and Dignity Child and Youth Protection Media Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Social Media Video Bible Today's Reading Books of the Bible Understanding the Bible Approved Translations Liturgy Permissions Catholic Giving Opportunities for Giving Ways to Get Involved About USCCB Strategic Plan USCCB Mission Leadership Bishops and Dioceses USCCB Offices Contact USCCB Financial Reporting USCCB Employment Print | Share | Calendar | Diocesan Locator | | FOLLOW US TEXT SIZE Items of Interest Frequently Asked Questions About the Defense of Marriage Don Stenberg Attorney General of the State of Nebraska et al v Leroy Carhart MD Catholic Charities of Sacramento v Superior Court Catholic Organizations to Congress, Administration: Protect Conscience Rights Life Issues Forum: Standing Together for Conscience Rights Foro Asuntos de Vida: En defensa de los derechos de conciencia Bishops Call For Renewal of International Religious Freedom Commission Bishops Urge Senate Judiciary Committee to Oppose Bill That Would Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act Address on Religious Liberty Life Issues Forum: On Conscience Rights: There Oughta Be a Law Cardinal to Senate: Respect Religious Freedom of All Letter to His Beatitude Fouad Twal Regarding Suffering of Christians in the Middle East Response from His Beatitude Fouad Twal Letter to Archbishop Onaiyekan Bishops Hail Court Decision Upholding Religious Liberty Questions and Answers on "Marriage and Religious Freedom" Letter (Jan. 12, 2012) Religious Leaders Join Together In Support Of Marriage, Religious Liberty Intercessory Prayers for Life U.S. Bishops Welcome Pope’s Reaffirmation of Religious Liberty During Ad Limina Visit Life Issues Forum: High Court Decisively Affirms Religious Liberty see all 20 pages Other News Releases: November 13, 2013 USCCB Chairman Responds to Marriage Redefinition in Hawaii November 12, 2013 Cardinal Dolan Sends Solidarity Letter to President of Philippines Bishops Conference, Calls on U.S. Bishops for Special Collection for Typhoon Haiyan Victims November 12, 2013 Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo Elected Vice President Audio Blogs and Columns Catholic News Service Media Relations Movie Reviews News Releases Social Media Video USCCB > Media > News Releases > U.S. Bishops Issue ‘Special Message’ on HHS Mandate at Conclusion of General Assembly November 13, 2013 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a “Special Message” at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. USCCB regulations regarding statements and publications define a Special Message as a statement, only issued at general meetings, that the general membership considers appropriate in view of the circumstances at the time. The message was passed unanimously. Full text of the Special Message follows: Special Message from the Bishops of the United States The bishops of this country have just concluded their traditional fall meeting in Baltimore and have spent time on issues important to them and their people: help to those suffering from Typhoon Haiyan; an update on the situation in Haiti; matters of worship and teaching; service to the poor; and comprehensive immigration reform. Among those priorities is the protection of religious freedom, especially as threatened by the HHS mandate. Pope Francis has reminded us that “In the context of society, there is only one thing which the Church quite clearly demands: the freedom to proclaim the Gospel in its entirety, even when it runs counter to the world, even when it goes against the tide.” We stand together as pastors charged with proclaiming the Gospel in its entirety. That Gospel calls us to feed the poor, heal the sick, and educate the young, and in so doing witness to our faith in its fullness. Our great ministries of service and our clergy, religious sisters and brothers, and lay faithful, especially those involved in Church .......