Orthodox Bishops Speak Out Against HHH Mandate

– The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, which is comprised of the 65 canonical Orthodox bishops in the United States, Canada and Mexico, join their voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and all those who adamantly protest the recent decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and call upon all the Orthodox Christian faithful to contact their elected representatives today to voice their concern in the face of this threat to the sanctity of the Church’s conscience.
In this ruling by HHS, religious hospitals, educational institutions, and other organizations will be required to pay for the full cost of contraceptives (including some abortion-inducing drugs) and sterilizations for their employees, regardless of the religious convictions of the employers.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion. This freedom is transgressed when a religious institution is required to pay for “contraceptive services” including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization services that directly violate their religious convictions. Providing such services should not be regarded as mandated medical care. We, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, call upon HHS Secretary Sebelius and the Obama Administration to rescind this unjust ruling and to respect the religious freedom guaranteed all Americans by the First Amendment.


  1. good to hear the orthodox church speaking out..if this administration is pushing the catholics around,they will be after the rest of us next..stand up and be heard.

  2. Linda, this is not just a Roman Catholic issue. They have the loudest voice so we are hearing from them. This affects all faith groups in America.

  3. i think you misunderstood what i meant,we are all involved in this but we all need to stand together because if they can chip away at the catholic churches we are all going down with them..this is one of those times were it dosen't matter what religion you belong to we need to stand united.

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