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. andrew

    "scene" sorry

    January 15, 2014 at 1:16 am |
  2. 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 |
  3. saggyroy

    Should Obamacare cover faith healing or trips to Lourdes? If so, I think it should also cover the Psychic Friends networks.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:40 am |
  4. Apple Bush

    I'm thinking these pharisees r too smart! So, r u seriously expecting to find my god through ur intellectual capabilities?

    I guess ur god don't like the special needs folks out thar

    January 7, 2014 at 2:49 am |
  5. Midwest jail

    Where is the evidence underpinning the pharisees belief system? Hmm? It dont exist, at least they don't have any! Lol

    January 7, 2014 at 2:41 am |
  6. Midwest jail

    The pearl in the field

    January 7, 2014 at 1:50 am |
  7. 00 00

    if u had seen him u would have seen god. i could have held him in one hand. GOD ALMIGHTY

    January 7, 2014 at 12:05 am |
  8. little shepherd boy

    Glory. A tiny little baby boy was god! GOD!

    January 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm |
  9. Sean Lynch

    Just about 2,000 years ago in abject abscurity a baby arrived, helpless, weighing a few pounds, hungry, crying. He was god almighty! Imagine! God in human form. Totally dependent on a young woman and man to provide for and to protect

    January 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      And your point?

      January 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm |
      • key largo

        he is the point

        January 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Sean Lynch/faith/hharri/00 00/fake everybody/etc.

      The word is OBSCURITY. Ooops.

      January 7, 2014 at 12:12 am |
      • fred

        A regular walking dictionary. Too bad you still have figured out that you cannot understand the Bible using Webster's.

        January 7, 2014 at 12:21 am |
        • doobzz

          You can't figure out the bible using anything. It's a jumble of contradiction and nonsense.

          January 7, 2014 at 12:26 am |
        • Observer


          Too bad you haven't figured out Webster's. 🙂

          January 7, 2014 at 12:33 am |
  10. Ken Margo

    Just so I can understand better. Why is s3x a moral issue at all? Let's face it, we've done a lot of sinning over the years yet god hasn't punished us in any real way that anyone can specify for our sins? Why are people so concerned with others s3x life?

    If children are a gift from god, why does god allow unmarried couples to conceive if premarital s3x is a sin?

    In middle east under Islam muslims have banned abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, birth control, including other things that christians would love to be the law of the land in this country. How has it worked out for them?

    January 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm |
    • Rija

      "Why is s3x a moral issue at all?" Let's face it, we've done a lot of sinning over the years yet god hasn't punished us in any real way that anyone can specify for our sins? "


      January 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Sean Lynch

    Go find god yourselves girls. Quit bugging christians. Were here for seekers, not u

    January 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm |
  12. Sean Lynch

    We no that observer favors the 3 stooges. Any one else care to be humiliated?

    January 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm |
  13. Sean Lynch

    It aint about cleverness, girls. It ain't about winning debates, although u equate that with salvation. It is about sitting at his feet and listening. Pharisees no all there is so they can't hear no more. They murdered god they were so smart

    January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      " It is about sitting at his feet and listening". Sounds like scene for a child mo.lester.

      January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm |
  14. Bootyfunk

    religious organizations should not be able to decide what kind of medical treatments their employees have. period.

    christian scientists don't believe in blood transfusions - if you are a janitor working at one of their churches, they should not be able to tell you whether you need a blood transfusion.

    christians sure love shoving their own brand of 'morals' down other people's throats.

    January 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      A condom is a medical treatment? Elective vasectomy is a medical necessity?

      January 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        condoms are a medical safety precaution yes. i'm told they block the transmissions of a number of diseases, like HIV/AIDs.

        January 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        "Elective vasectomy is a medical necessity?"
        +++ necessity? no. but is a medical procedure? yes, absolutely.

        January 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
      • Jane

        Where does the ACA cover condoms? They're OTC, like aspirin.

        January 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Condoms are contraceptives therefore they are covered.

          January 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Hmmm, a bit murky on the who and what are covered "contraceptionally". See for example: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/february/27/five-questions-health-law-mandate-birth-control.aspx

          January 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
        • Reality # 2

          Based on the reference, it appears a doctor's prescription for any contraceptive to include OTCs will be covered by the ACA.

          January 7, 2014 at 12:29 am |
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