As we posted earlier, a federal district court judge found in favor of the Archdiocese of New York and against the Obama administration in the former’s case against the HHS mandate. Cardinal Dolan blogs about the decision, and the (lack of) media coverage of this decision.
What about media coverage? Cardinal Dolan notes:
You probably did not (hear about the court decision), as there seems to have been virtually no mention of the decision – in favor of the archdiocese, by the way – in any local newspaper or on television. As far as I can tell, and I’ve looked rather carefully, there hasn’t even been a story in the New York Times, which couldn’t wait to publish an editorial this past October, admonishing the bishops, when a federal judge in Missouri found for the administration and dismissed a similar case brought by a private, for-profit, mining company. (The Times also didn’t have much to say last week, when the appeals court temporarily blocked the bad Missouri decision the Times had gushed over.)
As Cardinal Dolan summarizes,
The judge’s decision doesn’t settle the case, but allows the case to proceed so that it might be heard in court. (Two of our original co-plaintiffs, the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, have been dismissed from the suit, as the judge found that their insurance plans would not presently be affected by the HHS mandate. The Archdiocese of New York, ArchCare, and CHSLI remain as plaintiffs.) That’s significant, because the administration has been successful in getting some of the other cases dismissed, but in his decision Judge Cogan found that there was very real possibility that we plaintiffs would “face future injuries stemming from their forced choice between incurring fines or acting in violation of their religious beliefs.”
Cardinal Dolan concludes:
Of course, there is still a long way to go before these cases are final, and it would be our hope that the administration will be true to their word and amend the HHS mandate so that it does provide a real religious exemption and freedom of conscience protection.
Until then, we will continue to seek justice in the courts. Thanks to last week’s decision in Federal Court in Brooklyn, it looks like we will have that chance. We’ll keep you posted.
Bravo, Cardinal Dolan. Keep up the fight!