The Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop reacts to Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty — 

Bishop Richard Pates issued the following statement following today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding religious liberty:


"I join in the broad consortium of ecumenical, business and constitutional advocates in expressing appreciation for the decision of the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. At stake is recognition for the application of the First Amendment and the guarantee of Religious Freedom.


“Yet in judicial process in conjunction with the HHS mandate are approximately 60 cases which deal with the notion that religious freedom is exercised not only in freedom of worship but expressing one's faith in action. The principal case currently applicable is that of the Little Sisters of the Poor in insisting that the dedicated service of these women to the elderly poor qualifies for protection in the exercise of religious liberty.


“The Catholic Church has strongly advocated for health care as a human right but to be implemented without imposing practices that are contrary to long standing religious beliefs."