The following comes from a Sept. 1 release by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Last week, Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) in Santa Paula, Calif., appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief from the HHS Mandate with the Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. But should the court fail to protect their religious freedom, TAC President Dr. Michael McLean told the Cardinal Newman Society that his faithful college is prepared to pay significant fines rather than violate its beliefs.
In an interview with the Newman Society, McLean discussed the pressing need for religious freedom from the sterilization and contraceptive mandate, especially for Catholic colleges that wish to maintain their sincerely held religious beliefs.
On August 25, attorneys for TAC submitted a brief to the Supreme Court, urging the court to take up the college’s case and refuting the government’s latest arguments against exempting the college from the federal mandate. The college explained why it should be exempted from the HHS mandate and any government requirements that would compel it to go against its Catholic identity and mission by facilitating free contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage for its employees.
The brief is the latest step in a two-year legal battle which began on September 20, 2013, when the college filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. TAC received a permanent injunction from the HHS mandate, but the Obama administration appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which removed the injunction on November 14, 2014. A motion for reconsideration was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, but TAC received an emergency stay until the Supreme Court rules on the case.
McLean sees two possibilities for TAC, should the Supreme Court rule against the college or decide not to take up the case. Either the college will no longer offer employees health insurance, or the college will be forced to move to an alternative Christian or Catholic health care arrangement.
“Both of these scenarios will probably result in the college’s having to pay significant fines to the government,” said McLean….
The Supreme Court is expected to consider the petition at its September 28 weekly conference, according to the TAC news release. The temporary stay exempting the college for the mandate will remain in place until the court determines whether it will review the case.
Our secular society has trouble understanding that some people really do take their faith seriously. They think TAC and other people and institutions should just “get over it”. As such, religious freedom is not valued by a large segment of society, and we are in imminent peril.
I have to disagree here. They understand perfectly. They are simply hostile to people who put their faith first instead of “The State”. They want secular government to take precedent in every case.
But since they have no faith, they wrongly think others don’t either. To secularists, religious people are only out to antagonize them. They have no point of reference when it comes to matters of the spirit and fight like demons to remain in darkness.
America is headed for DISASTER, if the liberals don’t get their necks broken, for good, somehow, and their evils forever driven from this Nation!! Maybe God Himself, will do the job! America was originally a great gift of Almighty God, to the poor, persecuted, and suffering peoples, of this world– to give them all the hope of a better life! But if America continues to reject her Creator, and His Divine Laws– and if she continues to dance to the golden idols of the Devil– America will be destroyed for good, and God’s precious gifts, will all be gone!!
We should all be prepared to violate IMMORAL and UNJUST Laws. Enough is enough !
CCC: ” DOCTRINE of the FAITH: – – – CCC: ” 2242 The citizen is obliged in conscience NOT to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” “We must obey God rather than men”: “
Catholics can DOCUMENT / PROVE their Religious beliefs in any Court of Law.
We have both Sacred Scripture, and the
“Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition” of 1997.
US Constitution – 1st AMENDMENT:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”
The US Supreme Court (or any other Court) is not permitted to author / write law.
Only Congress can author law.
Courts that write law – or deviate from law, are lawless in themselves. Their lawlessness has to stop.
Thomas Aquinas College is probably the most Catholic college in the USA. God bless Thomas Aquinas College, nestled into the hills of charming Santa Paula, California, in Ventura County, USA. Boy, are we blessed to have them here. If TAC is forced to pay fines, will you join me in contributing to the cause of standing up for those who stand up for religious freedom in our great nation? Thomas Aquinas College deserves our support, now and always. Support Thomas Aquinas College and send your children to TAC if you can!
Yes, Yes, and Yes! :)
Well, TAC is certainly the most beautiful college, no doubt about that, but as for Catholicity, I would opt for Steubenville’s Franciscan Univ. or Wyoming Catholic College…but isn’t it wonderful to have these incredible schools available?
The Obama Administration is a left wing hate group populated with anti-Catholic bigots!
“This mission, which is entrusted to them, is all the more important in as much as the image of the family — as God wills it, made up of one man and one woman in view of the good of the spouses and also of the generation and education of children — is deformed through powerful contrary projects supported by ideological colonizations,”
The pope explained “ideological colonization” to reporters in January, saying that by this phrase he refers to the process by which good people are forced by activists to conform to a perverse ideology.
“[Activists] enter with an idea that has nothing to do with the people; but with groups of people yes, but not with the people. It colonizes the people with an idea that wants to change a…
Pope Francis – explained “ideological colonization” to reporters in January, saying that by this phrase he refers to the process by which good people are forced by activists to conform to a perverse ideology….
“During the Synod, the African bishops lamented this: certain loans on certain conditions,” he said, making a clear reference to the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on developing nations through foreign aid, something that he compared to the Nazi propaganda machine.
ENDA was just the beginning – now the MIsandry (Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality) machine is coming directly at the Church – Armed with the USSC Travesty on ‘Marriage’.
Schools tha Fail to Pander are going to be Directly Targeted – to the fullest extent of the Gaystapo’s Power in this age of Abomination:
With new bill, US elitists plotting to weaponize gay ‘marriage’ and stamp out dissent