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

July 1, 2014
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community 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.”