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VOLUME XCI - NO. 23 | 115 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GOSPEL | JULY 25-AUGUST 7, 2015 | @DenverCatholic | | GO PAPERLESS Subscribe to get Denver Catholic online GO PAPERLESS GO PAPERLESS Subscribe to get Denver Catholic online Go to Historic tour » 2 Highlights from the pope's 3-country visit Mission of joy » 6 Embracing hope and courage in a time of turmoil NARAL's awards » 10 Awards against pro-life bills cause disgust T he Little Sisters of the Poor are waiting, and praying. "I'm not sure what we're going to do next," said Mother Patricia Mary Metzgar, L.S.P., who oversees the Little Sis- ters' Mullen Home for the Aged in Denver. In a decision July 14, the 10th U.S. Cir- cuit Court of Appeals rejected the sisters' claim that complying with the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate would be a violation of their conscience. The court said it "ultimately rejects the merits of this claim" because the court believes the exemption "relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity." The sisters face the decision of either violating their religious beliefs or paying steep IRS penalties estimated around $6,700 a day or $2.5 million a year. After the news of the ruling, the Little Sisters were disappointed, Mother Metzgar said. "We have been praying, and we're going to continue to pray," she said. "We're dis- appointed, but we're praying." The future seems uncertain for the order of sisters that Little Sisters wait and pray Attorneys decide next steps after circuit court rules against sisters seeking religious freedom BY NISSA LAPOINT 303-715-3138 Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, talks to media after the nuns' attorneys presented oral arguments in a case seeking exemption from a mandate to provide contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations to employees. IMAGE PROVIDED BY PETER ZELASKO/CNA | » 5 Listen to samples of a choir performing sacred music at a Littleton parish. ONLINE

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