Thursday, June 21, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church,
St. Paul, MN
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Church
Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court Monday to stop three government agencies from implementing a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives and sterilization in their health plans.
USCCB Submits Comments on Proposed HHS Rulemaking, Urges Re-Opening of Final Rule Defining Mandate, Exemption
Outstanding issues should be resolved ‘in favor of more, not less, religious freedom’
WASHINGTON—Religious employers and other stakeholders would still have their employee health insurance plans and premiums used for services they find morally objectionable, even under future government accommodations, according to comments submitted by the General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The May 15 comments outlined the continued objections of USCCB to the HHS “preventive services” mandate and urged the administration to resolve these issues “in favor of more, not less, religious freedom.”
The State Legislature finalized three major bills—the tax bill, bonding bill, and the stadium bill—this week after long floor debates and dozens of amendments. Lawmakers ultimately put their stamp of approval on the three major bills which still need to be signed by Governor Dayton.
Canon lawyer Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, Ph.D., J.C.L., provides an accessible overview of a Catholic sacrament that is particularly relevant to Catholic health care. Her report in the September-October 2011 issue of Health Progress is useful to media, family members and patients alike.