US dioceses protest against healthcare mandate18 September 2012
The Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, has appealed to a federal court to block implementation of the Government's new health care mandate.
The diocese is suing the US Government for introducing the mandate, which will require all health care suppliers to provide access to contraception. The diocese says that the mandate will force the Church to act against its moral principles.
Bishop of Nashville David Choby said: "In seeking to force the church to act or make provision to act against her moral principles, the Government is asserting its interest over those appropriate and proper to the Church; and it is not competent to make such decisions or render judgments relative to moral principles long held and taught by any Church, Catholic or otherwise."
Seven other Catholic organisations operating in Tennessee have also filed suits with the federal court.
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