A Sept. 9 letter from USCCB officials to the Department of Health and Human Services said ompromise could be reached in the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive requirement.
Little Sisters of the Poor
Sr. Constance Veit will be inside the Supreme Court to hear a landmark case pitting the Little Sisters of the Poor and several other religious non-profits against the United States.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments March 23 in seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by Catholic, other faith-based entities against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate.
The general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to review several petitions Oct. 30 asking them to overturn federal appeals of court decisions that would force non-profit groups to opt out of the "contraceptive mandate" included in the Affordable Care Act.
In a filing Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.
The sisters are being asked to choose between adhering to their Catholic faith -- which prohibits them from providing contraceptives -- and continuing to pursue their religious mission of serving the elderly poor, said Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the order.
At the heart of the decision against the Little Sisters of the Poor was a disagreement what constituted a violation of religious liberty.
There is an accommodation that would allow the Little Sisters of the Poor to sign a paper that stated their religious objections, however the sisters insisted signing it would violate their religious convictions.
The Little Sisters of the Poor St. Louis Residence, founded in 1869, is a special place where sisters are available to respond to residents' needs at any time, adding to the spiritually-minded care provided by lay staff members for the elderly.
The Little Sisters of the Poor religious order has asked for an extension of an injunction blocking enforcement of a federal mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.