Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities sue federal government over HHS Mandate

From the press release announcing the lawsuit:

The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities of St. Louis are taking legal action against the federal government of the United States of America. During a press conference today, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced that a lawsuit challenging the legality of the HHS mandate was filed in court this morning.

Archbishop Carlson stated that the Church “had pursued every other imaginable option to correct this problem,” and added that, “Right now the future is unclear, and any scenario that forces us to violate our moral convictions is unacceptable. At the same time, any sce- nario that forces our St. Louis area hospitals, schools, and charities to close would be dev- astating to the many people employed and served by these institutions.”

See the press conference video, posted to the Archdiocese's YouTube channel:

Additionally, view all the other resources on the HHS Mandate and what it means for Catholics on the Archdiocese's Religious Liberty & HHS Mandate subsite.


Will Catholic Charities of St. Louis refuse future federal funding because of the lawsuit filed against the government? It seems like it would be the principled thing to do. According to their website, 37% of STL Catholic Charities revenue comes from federal government funding.

Thank you for your response. I'll ask STLCC the same question.