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Matt Hadro

WASHINGTON, DC (CNA). In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case back to the lower courts on Monday, in light of new developments in the case. We are very encouraged by the Court's decision, which is an im- portant win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognized that the government changed its position," said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor. It is crucial that the Justices unanimously ordered the govern- ment not to impose these fines and indicated that the govern-

Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

Mother Loraine of the Little Sisters of the Poor speaks to the press following the Supreme Court's unanimous decision to send the case back to the lower courts on Monday, May 16. Photo: Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Deacons (now Fathers) John Lijana, Rob Adams and Terrence De Silva with Bishop John Stowe following their ordination to the transitional diaconate last June. CR Photo: Cindy Olson

ment doesn't need any notice to figure out what should now be obvious-the Little Sisters re- spectfully object," he continued. Religious charities, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, had sued the federal government say- ing that they were being coerced, under threat of heavy fines, to vi- olate their consciences. They said that despite revisions, the Obama administration's federal contra- ception mandate requires them to cooperate in actions they believe to be immoral. The mandate began as part of the Affordable Care Act, which required coverage for preventa- tive care in employee health plans. The Department of Health and Human Services, in its regula- tions released after the law was passed, interpreted this to require employer coverage for contracep- tives, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause abortions. Churches and their immediate affiliates, like schools and parish LEXINGTON. Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv. ordained three men to the ministe- rial priesthood Saturday, May 21, in the Ca- thedral of Christ the King, Lexington. The Mass began at 10:30 a.m. Because the ordinations occurred after the Cross Roads deadline May 17, full coverage will be published in the June 12 edition. The three men ordained are: Father Robert Adams-Fr. Adams was born in Lexington. His home parish is St. Luke, Nicholasville. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. John Vianney College Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He attended major seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome receiving a master of divinity degree. Father Terrence de Silva-Fr. De Silva was

Three ordained to priesthood; first diocesan priests ordained by Bishop Stowe

born in Sri Lanka. He earned a master's de- gree in industrial mathematics from the Uni- versity of Sri Jayewardenpura in Sri Lanka and worked for several years in Kuwait. His home parish is St. Julian, Middlesboro. He received a master of divinity degree from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN. Father John Lijana-Fr. Lijana was born in Cleveland, OH. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, with concentrations in operations management and finance. He received a master of divinity degree from St. Meinrad. His home parish is the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. This is the first group of diocesan priests to be ordained by Bishop Stowe. n

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