Now Calif. and Pennsylvania go after Little Sisters of the Poor

Becket Fund defending nuns

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The following comes from a Jan. 10 story from Catholic News Agency.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have each filed lawsuits saying that the sisters should not receive a religious exemption from the mandate. Other states have joined onto these lawsuits as well.

“The Little Sisters are looking forward to a final victory in this case, so they can put this whole lawsuit behind them. It’s been a long fight,” Becket Fund for Religious Liberty senior counsel Lori Windham told CNA. The Becket Fund is representing the Little Sisters in these cases.

Oral arguments were heard on Thursday in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The judge said that she would make a decision by Monday.

On Friday, oral arguments will be heard in the case State of California v. HHS, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Windham, who was present for oral arguments, told CNA that while the judge had issued an injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s protections of the Little Sisters of the Poor, she did have tough questions for the state.

“She asked Pennsylvania why it was wrong for the Trump Administration to issue this rule protecting the Little Sisters and others, but wasn’t wrong for the Obama Administration to issue a series of rules to create the mandate in the first place,” Windham explained. She said that the state’s lawyers attempted to explain why this was different, and then tried to steer away from that particular topic.

 

Comments

  1. FrMichael says:

    At least God is making it easy for us to realize the good from the bad. Not much gray here. Even reasonable pro-aborts (if there are any) should think twice about the appropriateness to force nuns to fund contraceptives.

    • I actually am with you 100% on this let them take any and all exemptions away from these Faithful Nuns . Now then let the Nuns ask for how much they need and put the Collection Plate for them around the Western World. They will get $Millions.

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Remember, Catholic Readers, we are not dealing only with politics, but, as Paul said, with “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) The things that we deal with, the instruments of the State, don’t just involve people, but Satan, and his followers. The Little Sisters may or may be successful, but more evil and travail will surely follow. Prayer is the best attack weapon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    For centuries, everyone has known, that it takes strong men– and women!– to defend morality, and keep a watchful eye on your home, family, neighborhood, and society– or else, all can very quickly disintegrate, in the hands of Satanic forces– and lots of good people can be badly injured! Morality takes lots of hard work, watchful eyes, and a strict, “no nonsense,” “I really do mean it!” type of “paternalistic”or “tough love” approach! Catholic leaders today are very naive, to not understand this age-old reality!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mankind is weak, and prone to sin! It takes a great deal of religious and moral training, and “no nonsense” strength– for a society– and for the Church– to keep a watchful eye on things, and promote virtue and control sin! St. Paul knew this, and was constantly working hard to fully “Christianize” his converts! The Greeks only had their Democracy for about 150 years- about three generations– and then because Democracy takes so much hard work, and strong virtue– the Greeks’ Democracy eventually fell to pieces! Our Nation has also fallen deeply into sin– we need God’s strong help, for our Church and Nation!

  5. Democrats going after faithful Catholics again to advance their social justice left-wing dystopia. Go figure.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the Speaker of the House once again– is seeking to secure womens’ “rights” to contraception and abortion– and to oppose President Trump on religious rights of employers, such as Little Sisters of the Poor. Nancy’s home parish recently congratulated her heartily, on her recent election victory! And the Catholic Church does nothing at all. Oh, the hypocrisy of juvenile concepts of so-called “freedom!”

  7. AG Becerra — picking on poor little nuns?

    Bully: 1 a : a blustering, browbeating person; especially : one who is habitually cruel, insulting, or threatening to others who are weaker, smaller, or in some way vulnerable.
    Merriam-Webster. Dictionary

  8. Elizabeth T. says:

    It would be sad and bad enough if the people doing such evil actions were atheists or protestants……

    But, these people are SUPPOSE to be ‘Catholic’!!!!!!

    More like they are ‘Catholic; in NAME ONLY!!!!!!

    Time for the Canon Law 915 to be enforced on Pelosi, Speier and others in Congress and then in the State Kevin Mullin and now Gavin Newsom and I am sure there are many others so called ‘Catholics’.

    I keep praying for their conversion, but so far it seems things are getting worse. However, I will continue to pray for them.

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