As I informed Joan Frawley Desmond in our page-one story on the oral arguments presented to the U.S. Supreme Court by representatives for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, this case represents a critical moment in the fight to stop the government’s unconscionable contraception-abortion mandate.

I have nothing but admiration for the example set by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga. By their witness, they are reminding U.S. citizens — whether Catholic, Baptist, Mennonite, Jewish, Muslim or atheist — that freedom of religion is the basis on which our country was founded. No misguided notions by a Supreme Court justice or the president can deny that. It says so in the Constitution.

It will be some time before we know the outcome of this case and its impact on other lawsuits challenging the mandate, including the one brought by EWTN and the state of Alabama together. While we’re waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision — and moving forward with our own case against the mandate — I would ask our EWTN family to continue to keep this crucial matter in their prayers.

God bless you!