For more information on religious freedom, please visit www.preservereligiousfreedom.org.
A statement from Msgr. John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.:
“Today, Catholic Charities joined the Archdiocese of Washington in filing a lawsuit to protect its religious liberty as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Joining in the same lawsuit are Archbishop Carroll High School, Inc.; the Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc.; and The Catholic University of America. This local lawsuit, fully supported by our Board of Directors and Executive Team, is one of 12 actions filed nationwide today on behalf of 43 separate Catholic dioceses and institutions around the country, including 8 other Catholic Charities organizations. The Church across the United States is engaged in this cause.
“The lawsuit challenges a mandate, recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that dramatically redefines religious ministry. Under the mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization, no organization may qualify for exemption as a ’religious employer’ unless its purpose is the inculcation of religious beliefs and it primarily serves and hires people of its own faith. But here at Catholic Charities, our purpose is to fulfill our faith’s calling to serve all of our community’s poor and needy, regardless of their faith. The service that defines our religious mission should not disqualify us from being recognized as a religious organization.
By joining in this legal action, it is our hope that the judicial system will arrive at a solution supported by the First Amendment, which is to permit all religious organizations to follow their religious convictions and continue to serve all who are in need.
For more information on how this lawsuit seeks to defend our most fundamental freedom, please visit www.preservereligiousfreedom.org.”