The Catholic University of America

John Garvey, University President, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on upcoming Supreme Court cases on the HHS contraceptive mandate. That op-ed was referenced in a National Review story. He was also interviewed by the Daily Signal and National Catholic Register on the case. He was interviewed by Crux in May after the ruling was announced. Elise Italiano, University spokesperson, was quoted in stories on the rally outside the court the day of the hearings. President Garvey and Mark Rienzi, associate professor, law, appeared on Fox News' Kelly File the night after the oral arguments. Rienzi also appeared on Fox News' America's News HQ panel. Robert Destro, professor, law, was quoted in an Our Sunday Visitor story about possible "creative" solutions to court case. See below.

How Little Sisters case plays out now is anybody’s guess

From: Crux
Date: May 21, 2016
Author: Mark Zimmermann

... John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, which was one of the plaintiffs in the case, told Crux it would be hard for the government now to make the case that a compromise is not possible, when it already admitted that it could be done in its legal filings.


“I’m hopeful we can reach an agreement along the lines the court outlined… I hope it resolves the controversy,” said Garvey, who earlier served as dean of Boston College’s Law School.

On the day the Supreme Court issued its ruling, Garvey said in a statement that he was pleased that the court “offered us a way forward which doesn’t require us to participate in the provision of the services which we find to be morally objectionable.” ...

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Court urges sides to ‘get creative’ in HHS case

From: Our Sunday Visitor
Date: April 13, 2016
Author: Brian Fraga

... Robert A. Destro, professor of law and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, told OSV that the high court is telling the plaintiffs to “get creative.”

“I wouldn’t be really surprised if the government came back and said, ‘There is no way you can do this.’ But there are plenty of ways you can do this,” Destro said.

The best solution, Destro said, would be to require insurance companies to reimburse employees who purchase birth control.

“Let them using their flexible spending accounts, and then get reimbursed for it,” Destro said. ...

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Supreme Court Justices: Will the Government ‘Hijack’ Little Sisters’ Health Plan?

From: National Catholic Register
Date: March 24, 2016
Author: Joan Frawley Desmond

... John Garvey, the president of The Catholic University of America and an authority on constitutional law, was grateful for the careful attention the court paid to plaintiffs' concerns. But he was also struck by the government’s insistence on a seamless provision of mandated services.

The mandate “wasn’t presented as a public-health argument,” Garvey told the Register. “Rather, it prevented the inconvenience of ... having to go elsewhere to get contraception.”

At the beginning of the oral arguments, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the first advocate for the plaintiffs, was under pressure to explain why the rule “substantially burdened” his clients’ religious freedom. ...

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SCOTUS Hears Little Sisters Case

From: Kelly File
Date: March 23, 2016


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Obamacare Mandate Would Make ‘Hypocrites’ of Catholic University, Its President Says

From: Daily Signal
Date: March 22, 2016
Author: Mariana Barillas

The head of one of the nation’s most prominent Catholic universities said in an interview with The Daily Signal that Obamacare is at odds with the institution’s mission by mandating coverage of contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in health plans.

Requiring such insurance coverage in violation of deeply held religious beliefs “makes hypocrites of us,” John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America, said in the interview.

“It would be a very sad day if America, in such a brief time, were to abandon its commitment to religious freedoms,” Garvey said.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in Zubik vs. Burwell, the name for several related cases challenging the regulation imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. ...

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ObamaCare vs. Little Sisters of the Poor

From: Wall Street Journal 
Date: March 20, 2016
Author: John Garvey

On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, a landmark case challenging the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act. ...

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Where Are the Women? Defending Religious Freedom.

From: National Review
Date: March 24, 2016
Author: Kathryn Jean Lopez

... Elise Italiano works for my alma mater, the Catholic University of America. Of the rally outside the Court, she reflects:

In many ways, it was surreal. As a former Catholic school teacher, and now as a spokesperson for Catholic University, I think of the innumerable ways that Catholic schools have provided a scholarly education and one of mercy and love to so many people throughout American history. It is unimaginable that in our great country we might be able to teach one thing in the classroom but have to violate that very thing outside of it. Six months ago on this very day Pope Francis visited three of the plaintiffs – the Archdiocese of Washington, the Little Sisters, and Catholic University, which personally emboldened me. Today was a great moment of hope for the future of the Church, in the witness of so many gathered together today with joy and a commitment to living their faith authentically and consistently.

She added that:

The mood and tone outside of the Supreme Court by those supporting the plaintiffs was confident and resilient. There were so many different faces and voices, but with one shared message: that America has always made room for religious voices and actors in the public square and should continue to do so. ...

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Crowd outside Supreme Court rallies against federal contraceptive mandate

From: Catholic News Service
Date: March 23, 2016
Author: Kurt Jensen

... “Our request is not uniquely Catholic or religious. It’s American,” said Elise Italiano, executive director of communications for The Catholic University of America, another plaintiff. ...

SCOTUS to hear challenge to ObamaCare contraception mandate 

From: Fox News
Date: March 20, 2016