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Archdiocese Sues Over Health Care Mandate

Allison Blood KMOX News
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St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson (KMOX/file photo)

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson (KMOX/file photo)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.  - The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities are filing suit against the Federal Government for the Health Care Mandate.

Archbishop Robert Carlson says the mandate that Catholic institutions must provide contraception is a violation of the most important First Amendment right: Freedom of Religion. But he says Catholic universities in the city shouldn’t change their insurance policies for students yet. He’s advising schools like St. Louis University and Fontbonne to wait and see how this suit plays out in court before changing policies.

Carlson assured that money from the Catholic Appeal and other donations to the Church for Catholic Schools and other programs will not be used to pay for this suit. He could not, however, specify where the money is coming from.

The St. Louis Archdiocese is not the only group filing such a suit. 43 other diocese have filed suit, but Carlson says that decision was left up to each individual diocese. He says he hopes this will be resolved before the mandate takes effect in August.

Read the news release here.

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