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Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby Suit

June 30, 2014


The U.S. Supreme Court today favorably ruled in favor of the right of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties to apply their religious principles in the conduct of their business and to uphold an important fundamental right on which this country was founded: The right to religious freedom.

While Monday’s decision applied only to the rights of closely-held corporations and their right to religious liberty in the context of contraceptives and related services, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth is hopeful that future court decisions will enable Catholic organizations such as schools and charities to prevail in their objection to a "so-called accommodation." ...

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement on Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

Statement by Texas Bishops on Hobby Lobby Ruling


Contact Your Legislators and Speak Out

Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Worth are urged to use the list below to contact their legislators and speak out against this unjust ruling.

Members of the Senate and Congress who represent the Fort Worth Diocese:

Contact - The White House

Senator - Ted Cruz
Senator - John Cornyn

District 6 - Congressman Joe Barton
District 12 - Congresswoman Kay Granger
District 13 - Congressman Mac Thornberry
District 17 - Congressman Bill Flores
District 19 - Congressman Randy Neugebauer
District 24 - Congressman Kenny Marchant
District 26 - Congressman Michael Burgess
District 31 - Congressman John Carter
District 33 - Congressman Marc Veasey


Diocese of Fort Worth Religious Freedom Lawsuit

On Monday, May 21, 2012 Bishop Kevin W. Vann announced that the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth filed suit in Fort Worth federal court seeking to halt unprecedented attacks by various federal agencies on religious freedom.

View the Filed Lawsuit

Complete Press Release
Nota de prensa completa

Background on Religious Freedom Lawsuit
Trasfondo de la Demanda sobre la Libertad Religiosa


News Statements

Little Sisters of the Poor regarding the HHS Mandate - July 18, 2012
The Church is committed to Universal Healthcare Coverage - May 24, 2012
Texas Bishops Endorse Lawsuits Defending Religious Freedom - May 22, 2012

HHS Proposal Falls Short In Meeting Church Concerns - February 7, 2013
Cardinal Dolan Applauds Church Agencies Challenging HHS Mandate - May 21, 2012
Bishops Issue Call To Action To Defend Religious Liberty - April 12, 2012
USCCB President, Cardinal Dolan, Sharply Criticizes HHS Mandate - February 13, 2012


Helpful Resources

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty
La primera y más preciada de nuestras libertades

Prayer Resources for Conscience Rights and Religious Freedom
Oraciones por los derechos de conciencia y la libertad religiosa

Religious Liberty Bulletin Insert
Boletin de Libertad Religiosa




Pat Svacina
Director of Communications
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Judy Russeau
Administrative Associate