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New Supreme Court injunction benefits Little Sisters


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1/24/2014

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ABSTRACTNew Supreme Court injunction benefits Little Sisters :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Not by Sight Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition Russell Shaw The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » US New Supreme Court injunction benefits Little Sisters A resident and a sister arrange flowers at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Mullen Home in Denver, CO in this undated file photo. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2014 / 04:31 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- A new injunction from the U.S. Supreme Court will protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from the demands of the contraception mandate while the group’s case works its way through the court system. Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is helping represent the Little Sisters in court, said Jan. 24 that he was “delighted” by the order. “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people,” he said. “It doesn’t need to force nuns to participate.” The Jan. 24 order was issued by the entire Supreme Court. It said that if the Little Sisters of the Poor tell Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in writing that they are among “non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services,” then the department is prohibited from enforcing the mandate while it is being challenged in court. The Little Sisters of the Poor have provided physical and spiritual care for the poor elderly and dying in communities throughout the U.S. for 175 years. They recently filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate, which requires employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that may cause early abortions. Amid religious freedom concerns, the Obama administration revised the initial mandate, allowing religious employers such as the Little Sisters to sign a form that would trigger a separate health benefit provider to offer the coverage. The Little Sisters have objected that they cannot in good conscience sign the form because it authorizes an outside party to provide the very products and procedures they believe to be gravely immoral. The Jan. 24 injunction will protect the Little Sisters from the mandate – or the fines they could incur from failing to comply with it – until a final judgment on the case is given by a court. In addition, the injunction protects more than 400 other Catholic organizations working with the sisters' religious health benefit providers, Christian Brothers Services, which is also a plaintiff in the case. Injunctions have been awarded in 18 of 19 similar cases, the Becket Fund said. “Virtually every other party who asked for protection from the mandate has been given it,” Rienzi said. “It made no sense for the Little Sisters to be singled out for fines and punishment before they could even finish their suit.” The Supreme Court’s order said that the order should not be construed as “an expression of the court’s views on the merits.” The case will be heard and receive a final ruling in the federal court system. The full court's order follows Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Dec. 31 action granting an emergency stay to temporarily block the enforcement of the mandate against the Little Sisters s.......