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June 30, 2014

STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. CAP.
REGARDING SUPREME COURT "HOBBY LOBBY" DECISION




The outcome of the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products cases is heartening. The decision appears to reaffirm the founding fathers' vision of a country where religious believers may live out their convictions in everyday life without undue government interference or coercion.

On behalf of the charitable entities affiliated with our Archdiocese and the Archdiocese itself, we hope that today's decision will have a positive impact on our own pending litigation related to the HHS mandate.

In our country, no person and no organization grounded in religious conviction should be forced to choose between complying with the law and violating their religious beliefs.

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