Supreme Court delays contraception mandate for two Catholic nonprofits
December 31st, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Supreme Court delays contraception mandate for two Catholic nonprofits

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN)–
The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily exempted two Catholic Church-affiliated nonprofits from requirements to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees under the Affordable Care Act.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a brief order late Tuesday, hours before the controversial Obama administration mandates were set to go into effect.

The Little Sisters of the Poor – a charity congregation of Roman Catholic women in Denver – and the Illinois-based Christian Brothers Services had filed a lawsuit objecting to the contraception mandate, saying it violated their religious and moral beliefs. Some religious-affiliated groups were required to comply with contraception coverage or face hefty fines.

Sotomayor said the two groups were exempted from the mandates until at least Friday, when the federal government faces a deadline to file a legal response in the case.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Pope Francis

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  1. nook

    - A study using adolescents evaluated weight gain in OCPs users compared with those receiving depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera). It found no significant increase in the weight of OCP users, but those using the depot injection, however, did see some significant weight change

    February 7, 2014 at 3:04 am |
  2. andrew

    "scene" sorry

    January 15, 2014 at 1:16 am |
  3. Roland Troves

    I'm an avid fan of CNN and I sometimes visit the belief blog. I cannot fail to notice the preponderance of items relating to Catholicism. Is it because that church has the largest number of Christians? I believe there are equally newsworthy events in the evangelical and pentecostal circles.

    January 7, 2014 at 8:42 am |
    • myweightinwords

      Not to mention all of the other beliefs out there in the world....Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Paganism (and all of the many faiths that fit under that umbrella), etc...and all of the many flavors of each.

      I would love to see some coverage of the diversity of belief in the world.

      January 7, 2014 at 9:44 am |
      • Reality # 2

        The following might help:

        Only for the new members of this blog:

        Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

        • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

        • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

        • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

        • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

        • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

        • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

        • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

        • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

        Added details available upon written request.

        A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

        e.g. Taoism

        "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

        Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

        January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
        • myweightinwords

          What are you talking about?

          This is a belief blog. I was pointing out that there are more beliefs for us to talk about other than Christianity and Atheism.

          January 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Obviously based on rational thinking, there really is not much to talk about when it comes to religion.

          January 7, 2014 at 11:46 pm |
        • midwest rail

          "...there really is not much to talk about when it comes to religion."
          Yet no one else spams these boards as regularly as you do with the same lengthy, irrelevant (to the topic) junk. You also always include the hilarious post-script that "references are available upon request". Yeah, I'm sure we're all oh-so-tired of dodging the crowds scrambling for more info from you.

          January 13, 2014 at 7:48 am |
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