(CWN) Call to Action Pennsylvania, Catholics for Social Justice, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi and the Association of Pittsburgh Priests are seeking permission from a judge to file a friend-of-the-court brief in defense of the HHS mandate.
The four organizations criticized the Diocese of Erie, which has filed
suit to overturn the mandate, for “join[ing] the attack on an important
legislative effort to provide universal health care -- a vital human
right that Church teaching has supported for decades as a natural right
possessed by all people as a matter of social justice.”
The diocese’s opposition to the mandate “inappropriately inserts the
Church into a civil dispute publicly viewed as partisan,” the
One of the four organizations, the Association of Pittsburgh Priests, is
not an official diocesan organization; rather, it is a self-described
group “of ordained and non-ordained women and men who act on our
baptismal call to be priests and prophets.” The National Catholic Reporter estimated in 1999 that 10% of Pittsburgh priests belong to the organization.