Dominican Sisters of Mary Issue Statement on SCOTUS Ruling

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., the Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist released the following statement which was obtained by CatholicVote.org:

Because the United States Supreme Court did not overturn the individual mandate in the PPACA, the unconstitutional HHS mandated coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and artificial contraception for employees is intact, and our religious freedom remains severely compromised. This is unacceptable, especially for a country that proudly protected and promoted religious liberty in all its fullness since its founding.

We will not despair. Instead we urge all Catholics to remain vigilant, to pray, and to engage our faith in the public arena. Religious liberty must not be reduced to simply freedom of worship.

Vigilance is imperative since our elected representatives will now be pursuing the repeal of the PPAC and the individual mandate in the coming weeks; dozens of religious-liberty lawsuits against the unconstitutional HHS mandate are proceeding; and in the upcoming election we have the ability to elect candidates to public office who will work and vote to change this unjust policy and defend our religious liberty.

We stand in solidarity with our bishops and their Fortnight for Religious Freedom campaign, which asks all Catholics, other Christians, and all people of good will to study, pray and engage in public action against the unconstitutional HHS mandate.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist pray that God will protect the ability for all Americans to freely exercise their religious liberty. The Sisters of Mary will offer up daily prayers with the intention that this unjust mandate be overturned, and we will do so until it is overturned.”

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is a Roman Catholic community of women religious based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our primary apostolate is the education and formation of young people. We remain open to engaging the modern culture with new forms of evangelization in order to preach the Gospel and teach the Truth. In 15 years, the Sisters have grown to over 100, the average age is 28 and the average age of the women who enter is 21. Sisters represent most of the States across the U.S., various Provinces in Canada.

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