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Health law ruling means fight against HHS mandate, abortion funding goes on

By Nancy Frazier O’Brien | Catholic News Service Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 decision upholding the health reform law makes it even more urgent for Congress to act to fix the law’s “fundamental flaws” on abortion funding, conscience protection and immigrants’ access to health care, the U.S. bishops said. The court found…

Bishops reject HHS mandate ‘compromise’

Lawsuits, legislation in works to stop Obama administration’s contraceptives rule Detroit — A change that theoretically shifts the cost of contraceptive coverage from Catholic institutions to insurance companies still violates religious liberty and is unacceptable, many Catholic leaders and others say. The Obama administration’s policy has prompted lawsuits from the Michigan attorney general, the EWTN…

Bishops call on Catholics to oppose ‘alarming’ HHS mandate

DETROIT — It will be up to Catholic voters to persuade the federal government to rescind a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to go forward with a mandate that all health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge, according to U.S. Catholic bishops. In a strongly worded…

Archbishop Dolan says N.Y. bishops impressed with ‘ad limina’ process

By John Thavis | Catholic News Service Vatican City — Vatican officials offered strong encouragement, precise questions and occasional challenges to bishops from New York state during their November “ad limina” visits, said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York. Their talks included free and informative exchanges on sex abuse, parish closings, the state of…