Archdiocese of Washington Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Action

Monday, March 31, 2014

The United States Supreme Court today denied the Petition for Certiorari Before Judgment filed by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-appellants in the legal challenge to the HHS mandate on January 8, 2014. This filing had asked the Supreme Court to review the archdiocese’s case, currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on an expedited basis.

Today’s action by the Supreme Court does not impact the status of the archdiocese’s appeal in the D.C. Circuit, nor does it prevent the archdiocese from petitioning the Supreme Court in the future if the Court of Appeals rules against the archdiocese. The archdiocese and its co-appellants remain hopeful that the final disposition of this case will support religious freedom and rights of conscience.

For more information about the lawsuit brought by the archdiocese and its co-plaintiffs, please visit

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 96 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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