Nearly four dozen Catholic dioceses and other institutions have filed federal lawsuits against the administration of President Barack Obama. At issue is a health care mandate that requires employers provide coverage for birth control. Filing suit in Illinois, the diocese of Springfield and Joliet along with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the University of Notre Dame.
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson says the mandate violates the Church's right to religious freedom. Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said the requirement infringes on the right of people to practice their religion without government interference. Catholic Charities in St. Louis is also a part of the suit. President Obama offered to allow insurers to pay for birth control rather than the religious groups, but the bishops say that does not go far enough. The lawsuits were filed this week in federal courts across the country.