The seven cases consolidated in Zubik v. Burwell will return to the appeals level with time to "resolve any outstanding issues between them," the justices said.
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A three-judge panel's Feb. 11 ruling on a court challenge to the contraceptive mandate "says that the church is no longer free to practice what we preach," Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said.
The panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision by a federal judge in November to grant the Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses a temporary injunction against enforcement of the mandate.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the state's death penalty Friday, and Catholic bishops welcomed the action.
Wolf, a Democrat who campaigned on implementing this moratorium, said halting these executions will remain in effect until he has reviewed the report on the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment. The purpose is to examine a variety of questions concerning the death penalty, including how it's carried out, its constitutionality, and if it reduces crime.
A federal judge Nov. 21 said religious employers' right to adhere to their moral objections to the contraceptive mandate outweighs a government decision to widen access to contraceptives.