Statement from Francis Cardinal George, OMI
Archbishop of Chicago
July 9, 2012
Regarding Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago joining the suit to protest the HHS mandate violating the constitutional protection of religious liberty
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is a ministry that feeds the poor, protects the homeless, counsels the troubled and houses the homeless. This ministry will lose its identity as Catholic unless the HHS mandate now in force as the recent law of the land is changed and the Catholic Church and other religious bodies are given back their constitutional freedom to minister publicly. This is the issue now before a court. It is also the issue before a nation that portrays itself as the “land of the free.”
I am proud of the work of our Catholic Charities. This ministry gives flesh to the Church’s constant concern for the poor. I am sorry that the intransigence of the Department of Health and Human Services has made it necessary to defend in court what every American could take for granted until this year.