EWTN Statement on Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling In HHS Mandate Case

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The following is a statement by Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, on the May 16 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Zubik v. Burwell case:

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling reversing the decisions of four federal appellate courts on the HHS Mandate is a clear victory for EWTN and all of the plaintiffs who have spent the last several years fighting against the government’s attempt to hijack our employer-sponsored health care plans in order to force us to provide contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. The Supreme Court has now said what we have been saying throughout our challenge of the Mandate, that the government does indeed have less restrictive means to accomplish its goals without forcing religious organizations like EWTN and the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate our strongly held moral beliefs or face crushing fines. The government itself was forced to admit this as part of its case before the Supreme Court. With regard to EWTN’s own case, today’s ruling by the Supreme Court strikes down several of the key decisions upon which the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based its previous ruling against EWTN. While we await further action by the 11th Circuit in the EWTN case, we are even more confident that we will prevail.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

EWTN to Air Canada’s National March for Life in Ottawa

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network will provide live coverage of the National March for Life in Ottawa, Canada for the third year in a row beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 12, followed by an encore at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 14.

“While Canadian law has continued to embrace the culture of death with its support of abortion for any reason, and by embracing physician-assisted suicide, which will become legal this June, its citizens have responded by increasing their support of the National March for Life,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Last year’s crowd was a record-breaking 25,000, 80% of whom were under the age of 25. EWTN is proud to play a part in Canada’s burgeoning pro-life movement.”

This year, EWTN President & Chief Operating Officer Doug Keck will anchor coverage from EWTN’s studios along with EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, while Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of EWTN’s “At Home with Jim & Joy,” will provide on-the-ground coverage of the March, whose theme is #endthekilling.

Programming will include all of the speeches as well as interviews with religious and political leaders on Parliament Hill.

According to Campaign Life, which organizes the annual event, the March “is a forum for pro-life Canadians to demand social justice for the more than 100,000 children who are killed in their mother’s womb each year across Canada. Abortion is fully funded by taxpayers for any reason or no reason at all.”

Canada’s National March for Life began in 1998 with just 700 marchers. This year, organizers hope to top last year’s record-breaking crowd of 25,000.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services include direct broadcast satellite television and radio; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

EWTN Asks Appeals Court To Reconsider HHS Mandate Case Decision

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a petition today asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to rehear its case challenging the HHS health insurance mandate. The request comes in light of new admissions made by the U.S. Government in its arguments in the Zubik v. Burwell case, which is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Little Sisters of the Poor and several other faith-based organizations are also parties to that case.

In February, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision against EWTN more than a year after oral arguments. That decision lifted the court’s earlier ruling temporarily protecting EWTN and would allow the government to force EWTN to violate core Catholic teachings by providing services, such as contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations, as part of their employee health plan even though these services can easily be provided by the government.

EWTN’s May 4 rehearing request maintains that the fractured February opinion was built on a foundation that the government has since undermined. Most significantly, the government argued in the EWTN case, and the panel majority accepted, that EWTN simply had to “opt out” of providing objectionable services and the government would provide the mandated services without further involvement by the Network. But in responding to a virtually unprecedented Supreme Court order in the Zubik case asking for additional briefing after oral argument, the government admitted that its scheme does make the contraceptive services coverage a “part” of EWTN’s health plan and that it never had any other “mechanism” for making the scheme work another way.

“The government finally admitted what we have been saying from the beginning,” commented Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN. “Once you get past the bureaucratic smokescreen, this really comes down to one issue: the government wants to hijack our health plan to provide services that we find morally objectionable. EWTN will not let them do that. Our petition for a rehearing asks the Appeals Court to reconsider its flawed decision in light of these outrageous admissions by the government.”

“The government should have remembered their Mark Twain: telling the truth is easier to remember,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents EWTN. “But after years of an at-best distant acquaintance with the truth, the government is getting its stories mixed up. Until recently, the government swore that it didn’t need ministries to do anything but get out of the way. That claim was always ‘rubbish on stilts,’ as one judge put it. And in the crucible of the Supreme Court, the government finally slipped, confessing that its scheme depends on being able to hijack ministries’ health plans.”

EWTN filed its original lawsuit Feb. 9, 2012 against the Department of Health & Human Services, then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. The Attorney General of the State of Alabama filed a motion to join EWTN March 22, 2012 as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. That lawsuit was dismissed pending the final HHS mandate rules.

The final rules, promulgated in July 2013, granted no relief to EWTN. In October 2013, EWTN and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined together to challenge the unconstitutional HHS mandate. A federal judge ruled against EWTN in that case as well. Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June 2014, the 11th Circuit granted EWTN an emergency injunction, protecting EWTN from the mandate while it filed an appeal. On Feb. 18, 2016, a different panel of judges rendered a split decision, voting 2-1 against EWTN. The panel put its ruling on hold to give the Supreme Court time to weigh in on Zubik.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services include direct broadcast satellite television and radio; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

Alabama State Legislature Honors EWTN’s Mother Angelica With a State Resolution

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The Alabama State Legislature unanimously passed a state resolution Tuesday, April 5 honoring “renowned Roman Catholic Evangelist Mother Mary Angelica…in highest tribute to her indelible legacy…” After the resolution was read, there was a rare moment of silence in the Chamber in honor of Mother’s extraordinary life.

The Resolution notes that the death of 92-year-old Mother Angelica on Easter Sunday, Mary 27, 2016, has left “a void in the lives of countless individuals worldwide, whose lives she positively impacted through her meritorious work and spiritual teachings.”

Additionally, the Resolution states that Mother “reached millions of lives for the Lord through the Eternal Word Television Network,” worldwide terrestrial and shortwave radio, the National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, and other prominent publishing endeavors.

Finally, Mother was lauded because she “profoundly impacted others through her compelling studio productions, spiritual talks, and writings,” for building the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and more.

“EWTN is grateful to the Alabama State Legislature for recognizing the life work of our Foundress, Mother Mary Angelica,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “We are proud to carry on the legacy of a nun whose love of the Lord was an inspiration to all who knew her.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and almost 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.MotherAngelicaOfficialPhotoFinal

Alabama State Legislature To Pass Resolution Honoring Mother Angelica

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The Alabama State Legislature will pass a resolution honoring EWTN Foundress Mother Angelica at 1 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, April 5 in Montgomery, Al. Media Titan Mother Angelica, the only woman in television history to found and lead a cable network for 20 years, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 and was laid to rest April 1.

Mayor Kenneth Nail, Mayor of Hanceville, Ala. and others will be present when the resolution is passed. 

EWTN Global Catholic Network, now entering its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 258 million television households in 145 countries and territories. EWTN’s outreach includes direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and almost 500 Catholic radio affiliates across the U.S.; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; print and electronic news services that include “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, Catholic News Agency and ACI Group; and EWTN Publishing, Inc.

Touching Photos Available as Mother Angelica’s Funeral Mass Begins

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – A photo of Actor Jim Caviezel paying his respects to Mother Angelica just before the funeral Mass began is now available on EWTN’s ftp site.

Also, as a pall was placed over Mother’s closed casket, two of her cousins placed a crucifix at Mother’s head; two other cousins placed flowers at Mother’s feet, and Father Joseph Mary placed Mother’s Bible over her heart.

Also, find photos of EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw paying his final respects and placing a pall over Mother’s closed casket, as well as photos of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who is celebrating the funeral Mass, and other prelates.

Photos can be accessed by logging onto https://audio.ewtn.com with the user name: Media and the password: Mother Angelica. Please credit EWTN/Jeff Bruno. More will uploaded during and after the funeral.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, now entering its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in 145 countries and territories. EWTN’s outreach includes direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and almost 500 Catholic radio affiliates across the U.S.; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; print and electronic news services that include “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, Catholic News Agency and ACI Group; and EWTN Publishing, Inc.

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