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October 22, 2014, 4:35 am
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Springfield Catholic Diocese Sues Over Birth Control Mandate

Springfield’s Catholic Bishop has filed suit against the U.S. government, claiming that a new federal policy requiring employers to pay for their workers’ birth control is an unconstitutional violation of religious freedom. 


Bishop Thomas John Paprocki… who is himself a lawyer… joins with the bishop of Joliet and two Catholic Charities agencies in filing that federal lawsuit.  The birth control mandate exempts churches, but requires other religious-based businesses and organizations to pay for oral contraceptives. 


Paprocki says it forces religious institutions to act against their religious beliefs.  The lawsuit is one of 12 similar complaints filed around the country against the government mandate.

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