News that the Federal appeals court in Washington DC has sided with Belmont Abbey which brought suit against regulations which would force the college to include all government-approved contraceptive services sought by plan participants, including sterilization, emergency oral contraception and counseling in any health care plan. It's supposed to be back to the drawing board for the regulations which must accomodate religious exemptions for institutions. Stay tuned.
Meantime, I came across an article written by Archibishop Chaput encouraging his brother bishops in the Spirit of Thomas More.
Having fought loudly and hard for religious liberty over the past year, in part because of the HHS mandate, America’s Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice. Their current resolve risks unraveling unless they reaffirm their opposition to the mandate forcefully and as a united body. The past can be a useful teacher. One of its lessons is this: The passage of time can invite confusion and doubt—and both work against courage.
The entire article is here. It's brief, concise, insightful and inspirational - typical Archbishop Chaput!