Court issues injunction in archdiocese's lawsuit against HHS mandate

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis  received a preliminary injunction from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in their lawsuit challenging the legality of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on health care insurance coverage the Church finds morally objectionable. Read More

Judge dismisses archdiocese's lawsuit against the HHS Mandate

A federal judge has dismissed lawsuit from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities against the United States government, which challenges the constitutionality of the HHS health care mandate. Read More

Brief Amicus Curiae of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Support of Appellants and Reversal 

The Mandate forces the Archdiocese to choose between facilitating services and speech that violate its religious beliefs and exposing itself to devastating fines. Accordingly, like over fifty other Catholic organizations throughout the country, the Archdiocese has filed a lawsuit challenging the Mandate’s legality. Read More

Why the HHS Contraceptive Mandate Violates Religious Liberty 

 The mandate requires employers offering health plans to provide coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptives methods (including abortion-inducing drugs and devices), sterilization procedures, and patient counseling. Read More

Video: Archbishop Carlson Addresses Media Regarding the HHS Lawsuit

Please understand that every effort has been made to dialogue in this matter...and the fact is...time is running out. As a shepherd, I cannot remain silent while the right of Catholics to practice our faith is eroded! Watch Video

Complaint filed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis & Catholic Charities of St. Louis

American history and tradition, embodied in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (WRFRAX), safeguard religious entities from such overbearing and oppressive governmental action.  Plaintiffs therefore seek relief in this Court to protect this most fundamental of American rights. Read More

A Letter from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Please understand that every effort has been made to dialogue in this matter and time is running out. The mandate, with its extreme requirements on sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs, will begin taking effect in August of this year. In a few short months, our federal government will force our Catholic institutions to choose between violating the law and violating our moral convictions. Read More

Press Release: Archdiocese of St. Louis Sues Federal Government

Archbishop Carlson made clear that the lawsuit filed today is not about contraceptives. He said it is about freedom to practice religion. “[Religious liberty] is our first, most-cherished freedom and it requires constant vigilance and protection or it will be lost.” He added, “As a shepherd, I cannot remain silent while the right of Catholics to practice our faith is eroded!” Read More 

St. Louis Review: Archdiocese of St. Louis joins others in suing federal government to stop HHS Mandate

“It is a human issue, a moral issue and an American issue,” Carlson said. “Never before has the U.S. government forced the Catholic Church to provide a product that violates our religious beliefs. I cannot – will not – stand by and watch this happen to the flock entrusted to my care.”Read More

Liberty Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The bishops did not pick this fight, or decide that it would continue into an election year—others did.  The Church forms its positions based on principles—here, religious liberty for all, and the life and dignity of every human person—not polls, personalities, or political parties. Read More