BY Michael Warsaw
February 26-March 10, 2012 Issue | Posted 2/17/12 at 6:21 PM
As we have reported here in the pages of the Register, on Feb. 9, EWTN filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over their unjust and immoral contraceptive mandate.
In the days since we made the announcement of our lawsuit, I have been overwhelmed by messages of encouragement and support for EWTN’s decision.
EWTN really had no choice but to take action to defend our mission from this government intrusion. We did so, not for the network alone, but also for the many other religious institutions impacted by this, as well as to give a voice to the countless individual business owners and other people of faith affected by this government mandate.
We also took this action to stop the government from forcing EWTN to use our donors’ funds to provide services that are contrary to Church teaching and our donors’ values.
Despite the announcement by the president that his administration was making “accommodations” for religious groups opposed to the mandate, nothing changed.
That very afternoon, the government published the exact rules that were originally proposed on Jan. 20. We remain in exactly the same situation after the president’s announcement as we did before it. So, nothing has changed for EWTN; we will continue our legal fight against this unacceptable mandate.
For 30 years, our EWTN family has supported Mother Angelica and the mission of EWTN through prayers, sacrifices and generous financial support. Without that support, EWTN would not exist.
Please continue to keep EWTN and this matter in your prayers. We need to remain united in our fight against this injustice. Please also continue to keep up your financial support of our mission.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the mission of EWTN and the Register is crucial to making the Church’s voice heard.
May God bless you, and may St. Michael the Archangel defend us in this battle.
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