Cardinal Dolan calls out New York Times for ignoring HHS mandate decision
NEW YORK, December 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last week the New York Archdiocese scored a significant victory against the Obama administration’s HHS birth control mandate—but you wouldn’t know that if you read or watch the mainstream media, according to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
“Did you hear about the decision last week?” asks Cardinal Dolan in a column released today. “You probably did not, as there seems to have been virtually no mention of the decision – in favor of the archdiocese, by the way – in any local newspaper or on television.”
Dolan singled out the New York Times, pointing out that while the Grey Lady had nothing to say about the archdiocese’s victory, it “couldn’t wait to publish an editorial this past October, admonishing the bishops, when a federal judge in Missouri found for the administration and dismissed a similar case brought by a private, for-profit, mining company.”
“The Times also didn’t have much to say last week, when the appeals court temporarily blocked the bad Missouri decision the Times had gushed over,” Dolan added.
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In a strongly worded judgment last week, U.S. District Court Judge Brian M. Cogan had ruled that the Archdiocese of New York’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate may proceed.
The Obama administration had argued that the archdiocese’s lawsuit was premature, since the administration may still make adjustments to the mandate that would stop it from having any effect on the archdiocese.
However, Judge Cogan had dismissed this argument, quipping, “There is no, ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution.”
The judge also said it would be irresponsible to ignore “the speeding train that is coming towards plaintiffs in the hope that it will stop.”
In today’s column, Cardinal Dolan welcomed the judge’s decision, but added that “there is still a long way to go.”
“It would be our hope that the administration will be true to their word and amend the HHS mandate so that it does provide a real religious exemption and freedom of conscience protection,” Dolan concluded.
“Until then, we will continue to seek justice in the courts. Thanks to last week’s decision in Federal Court in Brooklyn, it looks like we will have that chance,” the cardinal wrote. “We’ll keep you posted.”