Catholic Institutions Sue Over Contraception Mandate

Several Catholic dioceses and universities filed suit today against the so-called contraception mandate, the Washington Post reports here and here. In all twelve lawsuits were filed in twelve separate federal district courts. There are 43 separate plaintiffs in these suits, including the Archdioceses of Washington, D.C. and New York, Catholic University, and the University of Notre Dame, where President Obama delivered the commencement address in 2009.

In somewhat related news, Exorcist author William Peter Blatty is suing Georgetown University in Catholic court alleging the school has abandoned its Catholic faith and violating church teaching. According to this report, the “last straw” was Georgetown’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address graduating students.