Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson has tried repeatedly to shut down all faith-based hospitals, clinics, schools, and churches via his infamous abortion/genocide mandates under ObamaCare. Ben-dover Nelson cast the deciding vote for the unconstitutional ObamaCare and continues to vote to fund abortion via Planned Parenthood. BenGay Nelson in not only a serial baby butcher, but also voted to force a radical homosexual agenda upon our combat troops during a time of two wars….
We The People take comfort in knowing that there is no statutue of limitations for TREASON, and that Congress can mandate a capital sentence…
Dozens of Catholic Groups Sue Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/21/12 12:01 PM
Notre Dame, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and dozens of Catholic hospitals and organizations have filed a total of 12 lawsuits today against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration over the controversial HHS mandate.
The lawsuit challenges the Obama administration’s unprecedented mandate that attacks the freedom to practice religion without government interference. Under the HHS mandate, employers must provide insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs, as well as contraceptives and sterilization procedures.
Franciscan University maintains that the requirement to fund and facilitate such activities violates its core religious and moral convictions as a Catholic university.
“Franciscan University’s mission is and always has been to teach from the heart of the Church,” said University President Father Terence Henry, TOR. “The Obama administration’s mandate is a grave threat to our ability to carry out that mission. It makes it impossible for us to operate freely as a Catholic institution without overbearing and invasive governmental interference.”
Other plaintiffs are all Catholic organizations and include Catholic dioceses, schools, universities, and charitable organizations. Numbered among the plaintiffs are the Archdioceses of New York, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, as well as the Dioceses of Dallas, Ft. Worth, Rockville Centre, Pittsburgh, and the Michigan Catholic Conference, which represents all seven dioceses in the state.
“The Church is speaking with one unified voice on this issue,” said Father Henry. “Every single American bishop has condemned this unjust mandate as an unconscionable violation of religious liberty. If allowed to stand, it will coerce Christians into cooperating with acts that violate core tenets of our faith.”
When first proposed in August 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services, the mandate was met by strong objections from numerous Catholic bishops, hospitals, and institutions. Although a small exemption for some religious institutions was written into the original proposal, it was too narrow to cover the vast majority of them, particularly those, like Catholic universities, which both employ and serve people of other faiths or no faith at all. The mandate effectively puts the federal government in the position of deciding which organizations are “religious enough,” the lawsuits claim.
In late January 2012, President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the mandate would go into force as originally planned, with no adequate accommodations made for individuals or groups who objected on religious grounds.
The University of Notre Dame said the requirement would still call on religious groups to “facilitate” coverage “for services that violate the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
“The federal mandate requires Notre Dame and similar religious organizations to provide in their insurance plans abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures, which are contrary to Catholic teaching. It also authorizes the government to determine which organizations are sufficiently ‘religious’ to warrant an exemption from the requirement,” the statement said.
Our Sunday Visitor, the respected publication, is also a party to one of the lawsuits and issued an editorial explaining why.
“Today, Our Sunday Visitor stands proudly with our fellow Catholic apostolates and with our bishops in resisting this challenge. We ask all of our readers to stand with us – in charity, praying first and foremost for conversions of heart; in civility, arguing the facts of this case without recourse to bitter partisanship or political rhetoric; and in solidarity, knowing that whatever sacrifices we bear and whatever challenges we endure, we are only doing what is our responsibility as American citizens practicing our faith in the public square.”
A list of entities suing the Obama administration over the mandate:
1. D.D.C. Lawsuit o Archdiocese of Washington o Consortium of Catholic Academies o Archbishop Carroll High School o Catholic Charities of D.C. o The Catholic University of America
2. E.D.N.Y. Lawsuit o Diocese of Rockville Centre o Catholic Health Services of Long Island o Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre o Archdiocese of N.Y. o ArchCare
3. W.D.Pa. (Erie Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Erie o St. Martin Center o Prince of Peace Center
4. W.D.Pa. (Pitt. Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Pittsburgh o Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh o Catholic Cemeteries Association of Diocese of Pittsburgh
5. N.D.Tex. (Dallas Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Dallas
6. N.D.Tex. (Fort Worth Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Fort Worth
7. S.D. Ohio (Columbus Div.) Lawsuit o Franciscan University of Steubenville o Michigan Catholic Conference
8. S.D.Miss. (Gulfport Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Jackson o Catholic Charities of Jackson o Vicksburg Catholic School o St. Joseph’s Catholic School o Diocese of Biloxi o De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc. o Catholic Social & Community Services Inc. o Resurrection Catholic School o Sacred Heart Catholic School o St. Dominic Health Services
9. N.D.Ind. (South Bend Div.) Lawsuit o The University of Notre Dame
10. N.D. Ind. (Fort Wayne Div.) Lawsuit o Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend o Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend o St. Anne Home o Franciscan Alliance o Our Sunday Visitor o University of St. Francis
11. N.D.Ill. Lawsuit o Diocese of Joliet o Catholic Charities of Joliet o Diocese of Springfield o Catholic Charities of Springfield
12. E.D.Mo. (St. Louis Div.) o Archdiocese of St. Louis o Catholic Charities of St. Louis
The full Notre Dame statement appears below, and the legal complaint can be found here.