Benedictine College Takes Stand for Religious Freedom

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Catholic Bishops of Kansas have called for a Rally for Religious Freedom on the south steps of the state capitol building in Topeka on June 29, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.  Benedictine College will be there in force.  The school is sponsoring at least two buses to carry supporters to the event.

“There will be a college caravan departing from the Haverty Circle at 12 noon on Friday, June 29,” said Joe Wurtz, dean of students at Benedictine College. “We will have limited transportation available, but people can follow along in their own vehicles as a group if they wish.”

Anyone interested in riding the bus is asked to email to reserve a seat.


More information is available on the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas website at:

Benedictine College, the Archdiocese and the entire Catholic community across the country have been very concerned about mandates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Obama Administration.  On May 30, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal comment with the HHS on behalf of 18 Catholic colleges, including Benedictine College.  The comment urges the Obama Administration to respect religious freedom and to rescind their direct violation of religious liberty.

The health insurance mandates would require coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of whether such coverage would violate the religious or moral conscience of an individual or institution.

By including its name in the formal comment, Benedictine College not only reaffirmed its opposition to the HHS mandates, but its commitment to Church teaching.

“When the HHS mandate put institutions like Benedictine College on notice that we would have to violate our consciences or pay crippling fines, Archbishop Joseph Nauman (KC-KS) encouraged us to be faithful,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “And he said it right: ‘We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.’”

The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting public comments regarding the mandates until June 19. At that time, the Obama administration will move forward with the process of issuing further regulations on the implementation of the mandate.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.