Statement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington on the Supreme Court’s Remand of Zubik v Burwell
Monday, May 16, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court, which currently has eight members, announced that it was vacating the decision of the courts of appeal and remanding the cases for further arguments. This remand was based on the government’s confirmation during proceedings before the Supreme Court that its birth control mandate regulations could be modified in light of objections raised by the Archdiocese of Washington and other religious employers.
“We are pleased that the Court confirms that there is a path forward that recognizes our religious liberty, yet we also recognize that this struggle will continue. We will seek to remain faithful to the teaching of the Church and in a way that builds the common good, which includes continuing our Gospel mission to serve others in education, health care, social services, and outreach to the poor and those most in need. We will continue to do that because we are resolute that it is precisely by being true to our Catholic identity in what we proclaim and in what we do that we can continue to help realize a truly good and just society where all enjoy the benefits of peace, prosperity and freedom.”
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