Since February 2012, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has stood side-by-side with our bishops, with the Catholic Health Association, with our Catholic colleges and universities, to insist that our religious institutions not be coerced to pay for insurance coverage of procedures and medicines to which they object on religious grounds. After much debate, the Obama administration has taken steps to accommodate the conscience rights of our Catholic institutions. Some argue that the accommodations do not go far enough and others think it is sufficient. At CACG, we welcome the president’s accommodations, but we still think there is a lot of work to be done.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision on December 31, 2013, to grant the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary reprieve from the mandate was the correct decision. There is still more work to be done to ensure the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic-affiliated institutions receive appropriate religious liberty protections from the HHS mandate.
We remain committed to preserving our religious liberty, both as Catholics and as Americans. In this great diverse country of ours, there should be plenty of room in the public square for religious organizations and institutions. We are very much concerned about anti-immigrant laws that seek to coerce Catholic schools and hospitals to ascertain the legal status of their students and clients. We deplore any effort by any political party to turn the issue of religious liberty into a partisan wedge issue. America’s foundational commitment to religious liberty has, for more than two hundred years, helped unite Americans, not divide them. We at CACG oppose efforts to restrict religious liberty, but we also oppose efforts to demean it by turning it into a partisan issue.