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Dolan Blasts “These Choking Mandates, This Choking Definition Of Religion That We Find Just To Be So Strangling.”

In an interview with CBS This Morning, New York Archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan claimed the Obama administration has violated the religious freedom of Americans.

The controversy started back in February with the Obama’s HHS Mandate. He announced Catholic institutions would be forced to cover “reproductive rights” in their insurance coverage (sex changes, abortions, and contraceptives).

Obama had previously promised religious institutions would be exempt from covering medical procedures that went against their beliefs but changed his position. (sound familiar..?)

In the interview earlier today, Cardinal Dolan ripped Obama and “these choking mandates, this choking defenition of religion that we find just to be so strangling.”

Yesterday, 43 Catholic organizations/universities filed 12 lawsuits against Obama’s HHS mandate.

Here’s the complete list:


D.D.C. Lawsuit
Archdiocese of Washington
Consortium of Catholic Academies
Archbishop Carroll High School
Catholic Charities of D.C.
The Catholic University of America

E.D.N.Y. Lawsuit
Diocese of Rockville Centre
Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre
Archdiocese of N.Y.
ArchCare

W.D.Pa. (Erie Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Erie
St. Martin Center
Prince of Peace Center

W.D.Pa. (Pitt. Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Charities of Diocese of Pittsburgh
Catholic Cemeteries Association of Diocese of Pittsburgh

N.D.Tex. (Dallas Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Dallas

N.D.Tex. (Fort Worth Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Fort Worth

S.D. Ohio (Columbus Div.) Lawsuit
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Michigan Catholic Conference

S.D.Miss. (Gulfport Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Jackson
Catholic Charities of Jackson
Vicksburg Catholic School
St. Joseph’s Catholic School
Diocese of Biloxi
De l’Epee Deaf Center Inc.
Catholic Social & Community Services Inc.
Resurrection Catholic School
Sacred Heart Catholic School
St. Dominic Health Services

N.D.Ind. (South Bend Div.) Lawsuit
The University of Notre Dame

N.D. Ind. (Fort Wayne Div.) Lawsuit
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Catholic Charities of Fort Wayne-South Bend
St. Anne Home
Franciscan Alliance
Our Sunday Visitor
University of St. Francis

N.D.Ill. Lawsuit
Diocese of Joliet
Catholic Charities of Joliet
Diocese of Springfield
Catholic Charities of Springfield

E.D.Mo. (St. Louis Div.) Lawsuit
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Catholic Charities of St. Louis

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