Religious Liberty

Archdiocese of St. Louis and Little Sisters of the Poor to Hold Joint Press Conference on Religious Liberty

March 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

WHAT: Press Conference
WHERE: Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12 p.m.
WHO: Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice and the Little Sisters of the Poor
WHY: To address the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the case of Little Sisters v. Burwell

ST. LOUIS – The Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday, March 23, at the Little Sisters St. Louis Residence (3225 N. Florissant Avenue, St Louis, MO 63107) beginning at 12 p.m.

Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, Mother Gonzague, mother superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Louis, and Sr. Marysia Weber, director of the Office of Consecrated Life, Archdiocese of St. Louis, will comment on the case and the state of religious liberty in the United States.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

Members of the media are invited to attend. An RSVP is requested.

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U.S. District Court Grants Injunction for Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities

July 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS - The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis have been granted a preliminary injunction by the United States Eastern District Court in their lawsuit challenging the legality of the unjust HHS mandate. The injunction was issued on Monday evening on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision affirming religious liberty as it applies to closely held for-profit organizations.

The injunction states in part, “Plaintiffs have shown they are likely to succeed on their RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] claim… the Court finds it in the public interest to preserve the status quo and enjoin enforcement of the mandate…”

The archdiocese is grateful for this temporary relief from the burden of the HHS mandate. This injunction simply preserves our God-given rights that should not have been infringed upon in the first place. Under the leadership of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, every other imaginable option to correct this problem had been pursued prior to this lawsuit being filed. Any scenario that forces us to violate our moral convictions is unacceptable.

Despite opinions to the contrary, the contention with the HHS mandate is about religious liberty, our first, most-cherished freedom. During this, the week in which we celebrate the founding of our country, it is important to remember the words of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, when he said, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to men than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprise of civil authority.”

Access to contraceptives and abortifacients should never trump the right to religious freedom as guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. The Catholic Church has always been on the forefront of providing quality health care for all. She will continue to do so, unless burdensome government regulations and heavy fines that would be incurred by the enforcement of the HHS mandate go into effect.

As Archbishop Carlson has previously stated, “Our freedom of religion requires constant vigilance or else it will be lost.”

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St. Louis Catholics respond to U.S. bishops' Call to Prayer with Fortnight for Freedom Mass

June 27, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
shelton

In response to the U.S. bishops' Call to Prayer, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate a Fortnight for Freedom Mass on Wednesday, July 3, at Noon at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in the Central West End.

The Fortnight for Freedom began on June 21 and extends through Independence Day. The nationwide effort was prompted by several recent challenges to the Church and the nation, including the HHS mandate and current trends in government and culture in redefining marriage.

 “Our country is at a crossroads, and the Church is facing unprecedented challenges,” Archbishop Carlson wrote in a letter earlier this year. “We find ourselves in a position in which prayer and prayerful action are absolutely necessary to combat the rapid social movements and policy changes currently underway in our country and in our culture.”

The archdiocese will livestream the event at www.stlouisreview.com/fortnight.

Teens are invited to the Archbishop’s residence after Mass for an ice cream social, and LIFE Runners will lead a 5K run from the Cathedral Basilica to the Old Courthouse downtown. See www.stlouisreview.com/rRx for information on the Mass and ice cream social.

Please join us as we come together as a community of faith to observe our nation's independence and to pray for the foundation of three key issues:  Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty. 

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HHS MANDATE TAKES EFFECT TODAY: Remains a grave concern for Archdiocese of St. Louis

August 1, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
shelton

St. Louis — Today, the federal HHS mandate -- which requires employers with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance coverage including contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients -- begins taking effect for those who do not qualify for an exemption or other exception. While it is unclear how this unjust federal requirement will play out, it remains a matter of grave concern for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in union with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are encouraged by the July 27 federal district court ruling in Colorado, in which a preliminary injunction was granted to a private, for-profit business on grounds of religious liberty. It is our hope that other courts will follow suit. Until we can secure protections for the faithful that do not require them to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, or abortion against their will, we cannot surrender our campaign for conscience rights. We will continue to demand religious liberty and to protect our first, most-cherished freedom.

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