Here is a letter from Bishop Zubik:
My Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:
I want to announce to you today that the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities of the Diocese
of Pittsburgh, Inc. and The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh have filed a
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the February 15, 2012 mandate issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Our lawsuit is one of 12 such lawsuits being filed nationwide today representing 43 separate plaintiffs.
Among the others joining in the lawsuit are: the University of Notre Dame, the Diocese of Erie, Franciscan
University of Steubenville, the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and St. Louis, Catholic University
of America, the Michigan Catholic Conference and Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. We are being represented pro
bono in our lawsuit by the law firm of Jones Day. No diocesan funds are being used in our lawsuit.
As you are well aware, we are facing a critical issue for Religious Freedom in the United States. The lawsuit
has been filed in our belief that the courts will find that the HHS mandate violates the fundamental rights to Religious Freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
Accompanying this letter you will find a copy of a joint statement I am releasing today on behalf of the
Diocese, Catholic Charities and The Catholic Cemeteries Association. You will also find the news release
on the topic. This material will also appear in the May 25 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic and is on the
diocesan website at www.diopitt.org.
As noted in the attached statement, we did not pick this fight or this timing. This is the federal government’s choice to impose this on us now. Our goal in filing this lawsuit is to take this issue out of the political arena and turn it over to the courts where we are confident the Religious Freedom and the rights of the Church will be protected.
Thank you for all you do and please keep me in your prayers in this time of significant challenges.
Grateful for our belief that “Nothing is Impossible with God,” I am,
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Gotta love my bishop. Thank you Bishop Zubik for taking a stand against this unconstitutional, unjust, and oppressive mandate. God Bless.