Monday, May 21, 2012

Dioceses of Jackson and Biloxi file suit against federal government

Hopping on the bandwagon of Catholic legal news making headlines today, we can report here on SFC that both of Mississippi's Catholic dioceses have joined over 40 other plaintiffs (at the time of this post) in filing suit against the federal government over the Obama administration's health care mandate. The suit was filed this morning in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Gulfport.

The dioceses are two of a growing number of plaintiffs (including the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, D.C. and the University of Notre Dame among others), who have now filed suit in federal court over the Obama administration's recent healthcare mandate which requires that even religious institutions must provide health insurance coverage that includes full coverage for artificial birth control, the "morning after pill,"and sterilization.

As we've said here on this site before, this issue is one of fundamental religious liberty, NOT of politics. Stay tuned... this could be a very interesting summer.

UPDATE: For those of you legally inclined, here is a pdf copy of the suit that was filed this morning in Gulfport. Happy reading!

FURTHER UPDATE: The Diocese of Jackson's official statement available here.