This past Friday, the Diocese of Pittsburgh requested an injunction, exempting it from the HHS mandate, in U.S. District Court.
Pittsburgh is among those dioceses and Catholic institutions that sued the administration in May over the HHS mandate, which will force it to violate Church teachings in the requirement to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraceptives to employees.
A plaintiff cannot usually get an injunction of this type without showing some harm. In it’s request for injunction, the diocese said that they are in the process of negotiating collective bargaining agreements and developing the 2014 budget. The diocese is unable to do either of these, because it doesn’t know what it’s health care benefits will be. The diocese also noted that, if forced to comply with a mandate against it’s sincerely held religious beliefs, donations and volunteerism will sharply drop.