Bishop Jenky responds to U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The Diocese of Peoria released the following statement after the June 28 ruling by the United States Supreme Court decision upholding the health reform law:

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Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, believes that today’s Supreme Court ruling will have no impact upon the Catholic Church’s legal case regarding being forced to fund abortions, sterilizations, and contraceptives in our religious institutions. The church’s pending lawsuits are based upon our First Amendment right to freely practice our religion and to define for ourselves what constitutes a Catholic ministry. Today’s Supreme Court ruling addressed other legal issues that are not the direct concern of the Church.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria is now considering joining other Dioceses and Catholic entities suing the Federal Government. Bishop Jenky calls upon the Catholic faithful to participate in “Fortnight of Freedom” observances and to continue to pray for religious liberty in America. Under no circumstances will the Catholic Church ever abandon its absolute commitment to the Gospel of Life.

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Editor’s note: For the latest Catholic News Service story on reactions to the decision, click here.

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