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Priests for Life Vow to Appeal Mandate Decision to U.S. Supreme Court


Fr. Frank Pavone - published on 11/22/14 - updated on 06/08/17

At issue in our lawsuit is an objective criterion: our inability to cooperate in evil is based on a verifiable, publicly stated belief of the entire Catholic Church, and that belief is not optional for one who wants to be a Catholic. When, therefore, the only options the government leaves a citizen are to violate his/her religion or violate the law, that is the same thing as making the practice of Catholicism illegal. That’s a substantial burden!

No doubt, many will continue to ridicule our position. But that’s precisely the point behind the Constitutional protection of religious freedom, as also of freedom of speech: a citizen’s beliefs and speech are protected precisely because some will ridicule them and try to stop them. The fact that the court’s decision in this case states that they find our position "illogical" and "fantastic" is dangerous. After all, some find as "fantastic" the belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, or that bread and wine become his actual body and blood during the Mass.

Yet we believe and live our lives by these and all the tenets of our faith. This is America. That’s why we will continue to refuse to obey the regulations, and we will appeal this decision to the Supreme Court.

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