In 2012, two years after the Obama administration issued the HHS contraceptive mandate, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis sued Kathleen Sebelius and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They were one of over 70 different religious organizations to sue the government over the mandate, which was later revised to exempt Churches, but not religious organizations like Catholic Charities.
This week, Archbishop Carlson announced a settlement of the lawsuit with the U.S. government, stating that “we have finally prevailed in this unwelcome fight for religious liberty – a fight which was not of our making.” The settlement agreement, he explains, provides relief from fines and other penalties both now and into the future.
He expressed gratitude to the Jones Day law firm, which provided legal counsel, and to the many faithful Catholics who provided spiritual and material support during the legal battle. Read his official statement here.