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For the record: USCCB statement and full list of plaintiffs

For the record, a summary of current events. From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in a May 21 statement applauded 43 dioceses, hospitals, schools and church agencies for filing 12 lawsuits around the nation saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate violates religious freedom.

His statement follows.

“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress – and we’ll keep at it – but there's still no fix. Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now. Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. It's also a great show of the diversity of the Church's ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate – ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”

The complete list of plaintiffs in Monday's lawsuits is the following:

1.  D. District of Columbia Lawsuit
Archdiocese of Washington
Consortium of Catholic Academies
Archbishop Carroll High School
Catholic Charities of D.C.
The Catholic University of America

2.  E.D. New York 
Diocese of Rockville Centre
Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
Archdiocese of N.Y.

3.  W.D. Pennsylvania (Erie Div.) 
Diocese of Erie
St. Martin Center
Prince of Peace Center

4.  W.D. Pennsylvania (Pitt. Div.) 
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Cemeteries Association of Diocese of Pittsburgh

5.  N.D.Texas (Dallas Div.) 
Diocese of Dallas

6.  N.D.Texas (Fort Worth Div.) 
Diocese of Fort Worth

7.  S.D. Mississippi. (Gulfport Div.) 
Diocese of Jackson
Catholic Charities of Jackson
Vicksburg Catholic School
St. Joseph’s Catholic School
Diocese of Biloxi
De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc.
Catholic Social & Community Services Inc.
Resurrection Catholic School
Sacred Heart Catholic School
St. Dominic Health Services

8.  S.D. Ohio (Columbus Div.) 
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Michigan Catholic Conference

9.  N.D. Indiana (South Bend Div.) 
The University of Notre Dame

10.  N.D. Indiana (Fort Wayne Div.) 
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend
St. Anne Home
Franciscan Alliance
Our Sunday Visitor
University of St. Francis

11.  N.D. Illinois
Diocese of Joliet
Catholic Charities of Joliet
Diocese of Springfield
Catholic Charities of Springfield

12. E.D. Missouri (St. Louis Div.)
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Catholic Charities of St. Louis

[Source: Catholic University of America, via Card.Newman Society - cf. sidebar]


  1. Simeon11:23 AM

    And God will bless their efforts WHY?? Except for the Dakotas most others are more likely to be punished than blessed.

    Erie for instance for their Protestantizing agenda and approval of Joan Chittester and her coven. DC for it's permitting of constant, constant public sacrilege by public sinners, and the injustice done to faithful priests? University of Notre Dame who blasphemed Our Lady by putting the Virgin's badge on child killer obama? Pittsburgh who gave us Wuerl and replaced him with one just as bad? FU of Steubenville that stands as an example of the "best" we have? Catholic Charities with their backdoor Socialism and worse? Catholic University of America?? Our Sunday Visitor???

    No, I do not expect any blessing of God upon anything by the USCCB. God does not listen to sinners and vomits out even the lukewarm. He will not bless those to have done nothing but offend Him. Don't expect this to be the cavalry coming over the hill to save us for an abortion and sodomy loving fraud "president" and his court of catholic evildoers who have MOST ASSUDEDLY been enabled by the USCCB!!! God will not be mocked!!!

    And it is claimed by some cleric in Rome that the pope wants this country's Prote-Catholics to lead the Catholic world? Bah! I don't believe it!

  2. Too much "negotiation" - it sounds like ecumenical dialogue. One side has been saying too much while the other side has not been listening.

  3. frozentundra12:15 PM


    ''God does not listen to sinners...''

    Simeon, if this is true, then I, a sinner, am in big trouble.

  4. Simeon12:28 PM

    John 9:31 found 2
    Now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God, and doth his will, him he heareth.

  5. Or we could rejoice that the bishops are finally showing a little spine.

    But I guess we have a bunch of Debbie Downers here.

  6. Gratias2:40 PM

    Obama's War on Catholics.

  7. Hello Simeon,

    Approximately 100% of Catholics are sinners. We might have a problem in your interpretation of John.

    I won't dispute your characterization of most of the parties named - though I would stick up a little for CUA, which has been making significant strides in the right direction of late. But there are larger goods to be served by the success of these suits.

  8. I really cannot fathom the anger diplayed at times on this site toward the Bishops. In some eyes, they are literally damn'd if they do and damn'd if they don't.

    I, for one, rejoice in the simple awakening being experienced. I pray it leads to further in roads to more orthodox leadership.

    As I have noted in the past, I come here for updates on the SSPX - Rome negotiations. I should know better by now than to read the comments.

  9. Simeon4:09 PM

    Would you believe the interperation of Haydock Commentary on the Gospels? Ver. 31. God doth not hear sinners. That is, in so particular a manner, as to work miracles in favour of them and their doctrine.

    Or Proverbs 15:29? How about Isais? "I will not abide, your assemblies are wicked. My soul hateth your new moons, and your solemnities: they are become troublesome to me, I am weary of bearing them. And when you stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and when you multiply prayer, I will not hear: for your hands are full of blood.
    Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes: cease to do perversely.."

    Is your rush to defend people who deserve wrath for their infidelity to the Faith so important to you that you will actually dispute a very simple and repeated teaching of the Bible like some Modernist Liberal or Protestant? Do you expect God to overlook their faithlessness? Do your really think He will reward them for now having to stand up to the RESULTS OF THEIR OWN ERRORS???? Please.

    Pray for these people. Not that their lawsuit wins but that they have a profound converson so that they can please God and THEN we will see victory.

    And I'd rather these bishops show a little Catholic piety since "Apart from Me you can do nothing". Will you want to re-interpret that quote too?

  10. I pray that all bishops, priests, cardinals, et al. say "freedom of the Catholic Church," not "religious freedom." The latter is ambiguous like Dignitatis Humanæ.


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