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Religious Leaders, Academics Rebuff
Obama’s Contraception Policy Change
WASHINGTON,- Over 200 college presidents, academics, religious leaders and journalists have signed a letter that denounces President Obama’s “accommodation” to the contraception mandate for failing to “remove the assault on religious liberty.”

Archbishop Jose Gomez: Obama Ignores
Moral Concerns;
Religious Liberty

LOS ANGELES, February 13, 2012 -- President Barack Obama’s announcement on Friday concerning health care mandates is troubling and frustrating because unfortunately, he did not really respond to the deep moral concerns raised by America’s Catholic community.


US Bishops Release New Statement
Calling for HHS Mandate Removal -- The U.S. bishops released a new statement rejecting President Barack Obama's attempted compromise over the Health and Human services contraception mandate, calling for its complete removal.


Catholic Hospital Association
May Have Had Inside Role
In Obama 'Accommodation'
-- In coming up with its new “accommodation” on a controversial birth control mandate for religious employers, the Obama administration apparently turned to the Catholic Health Assocation (CHA), an organization that has previously sided with the administration and is in conflict with the views of the U.S. bishops on health care policy.


Army Silences Military Archbishop
Chaplains Told Don't Read Letter at Mass

WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2012 -- The archbishop who oversees American Catholic military chaplains worldwide claims the U.S. Army violated his rights by stifling a pastoral letter condemning the Obama administration's contraception mandate.


Being Catholic Means 'Paying a Price,'
Says Detroit Archbishop

VATICAN CITY, February 3, 2012 -- Being Catholic in 2012 involves “paying a price” for loving Jesus Christ and his Church, says Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit.


White House’s Defense of Mandate
Called Inaccurate, Misleading

WASHINGTON, DC, February 3, 2012 -- An expert in religious freedom says that the White House's defense of the contraception mandate contains inaccurate information and does not address the main complaints raised by its critics.


LA Archbishop Calls on Catholics
Oppose HHS Mandate

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 25, 2012 -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles urged lay Catholics to defend the faith after the Department of Health and Human Services refused to reverse a contraception mandate set to take effect in Aug. 2013.


U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict
Unconscionable to Force Citizens to
Buy Contraceptives Against Their Will

Matter of Freedom of Conscience,
Freedom of Religion

WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2012—The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. Today's announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.


Hoye Forces Application of "Bubble" Law
To Abortion Workers
OAKLAND, CA, December 20, 2011-- The case involving Pastor Walter Hoye’s right to Free Speech  was back in court last week for a determination of proper remedy after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s July ruling that Oakland’s enforcement of its “bubble zone” ordinance “is a constitutionally invalid, content-based regulation of speech.” The hearing resulted in an order requiring Oakland to follow a policy containing no exceptions or qualifications about who is covered by the ordinance.


US Religious Freedom Commission Reauthorized at Last Minute
WASHINGTON, DC, December 17, 2011 -- A U.S. federal commission that works to support religious freedom around the world was reauthorized Dec. 16 by Congress through 2018, just hours before it was scheduled to go out of existence. 


City of Oakland's Ordinance
Discriminates Against Pro-Life Pastor
Permanent Free Speech Injunction to be Sought
OAKLAND, CA, December 14, 2011-- On December 16, the Life Legal Defense Foundation will seek, on behalf of Pastor Walter Hoye, a permanent injunction against the City of Oakland for its inconsistent enforcement of an ordinance that forbids pro-lifers from communicating with women who are seeking abortions at abortion clinics.


Pregnancy Center Sues San Francisco
On ‘False Advertising’ Law
San Francisco, December 9, 2011 -- First Resort pregnancy center filed a freedom of speech lawsuit Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court to void a San Francisco “false advertising” ordinance that targets pregnancy centers and exempts abortion providers.


Illinois Bishops Announce
Shutdown of Adoption Services- Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster care programs, after a civil union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

Bishop Lori Calls on US Bishops
Fight for Religious Feedom

-- The U.S. bishops must be “watchmen for the Church” in defending religious freedom, said Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., head of the bishops’ new committee on religious liberty.



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