From Philly.com: A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily stayed a lower court order that could have left the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and several associated nonprofits on the hook for up to $160,000 in fines for each day they refused to cover contraception costs for their more than 4,000 employees.
The decision, handed down late in the day by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, came just in time for church officials, who faced a Monday deadline to start covering birth control or face steep penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Instead, they have been given breathing room in the expectation that the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling Monday on a similar fight involving religiously oriented for-profit businesses. The Third Circuit ordered the archdiocese to evaluate the Supreme Court ruling and then decide early next month whether it wishes to keep fighting its case. "I'm grateful for the order issued by this [appeals] court, which allows us to continue our pursuit of the First Amendment principle of religious freedom," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a statement. "We will continue on behalf of all believing Catholics to stand up for religious liberty."
Maybe these judges have seen writing on the wall from the Supreme Court???
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