From LifeSite News:
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, May 21, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a coordinated defense of religious liberty, at 11 a.m. 43 Roman Catholic organizations filed a dozen lawsuits nationwide to strike down the HHS mandate.
The plaintiffs include some of the most significant organs of the U.S. church, including the Archdioceses of New York, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis; the Dioceses of Dallas, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ft. Worth, the Michigan Catholic Conference, Pittsburgh, and Rockville Centre; the University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville; and Our Sunday Visitor.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, said the step was necessary “to protect our religious liberties from unwarranted and unprecedented government intrusion.”
The Archdiocese of Washington has created a website dedicated to the new lawsuit. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., called the mandate a “government attempt to force the Church out of the public square.”
“The Catholic rebellion has begun,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue in a statement e-mailed to LifeSiteNews.com.
The HHS mandate “amounts to nothing less than a grave threat to our constitutionally protected First Amendment right to freedom of religion,” said Franciscan University President Father Terence Henry, TOR. He added, although they never envisioned taking such a step, the board of trustees unanimously approved the lawsuit.
Our Sunday Visitor linked its involvement to the legacy of its founder, Fr. John Noll, who fought the political clout of the Ku Klux Klan as that organization attempted to impose anti-Catholic policies at the turn of the 20th century. “Today, Our Sunday Visitor stands proudly with our fellow Catholic apostolates and with our bishops in resisting this challenge,” the publication announced in a press release.
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When a major Catholic publication likens the tactics of the nation’s first black president to those of the Ku Klux Klan it is an indication of how thoroughly corrupt the man truly is. And now we see the stirrings of our bishops who are rising up in defense of their flock.
That’s bad news for Obama.
Many dissident Catholics will support the bishops, not out of a new-found sense of regard for Magisterial teaching, but because they value the freedom to dissent and do not want their dissent mandated by the government.
The president thought he could leverage a family feud to his advantage and now finds that the side he thought he could manipulate has turned on him, specifically the University of Notre Dame. The Interloper-in-Chief has discovered that our Catholic family feud over contraception is just that; a Catholic family feud.
Obama is not one of us, and will pay dearly at the polls for his meddling.
In the interim, the bishops are to be applauded for their defense of the Church, and of her freedoms. Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a novena for our bishops, for their continued strength.