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Friday, December 2, 2016
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Our Sunday Visitor introduces Parish Apps

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
HUNTINGTON, IN - Catholic Parish Apps from Our Sunday Visitor are being introduced in conjunction with the acquisition of the assets of Catholic... Read More

New Online Giving App from OSV Offertory Solutions

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HUNTINGTON, IN - Users of Our Sunday Visitor's leading Online Giving service now have an additional option for using the system from their mobile... Read More

Four national Catholic publications unite in joint appeal for end to death penalty

Thursday, March 5, 2015
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, March 5, 2015 -- Four Catholic publications today published online a joint editorial calling for an end to the death penalty... Read More

Updated Catholic content and new form builder enhance parishioner and staff experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, IN - Our Sunday Visitor Offertory  Solutions is updating the Catholic content provided through its popular Faith In Action website... Read More

Our Sunday Visitor Announces New Online Giving Features

Monday, August 4, 2014
HUNTINGTON, IN - Our Sunday Visitor Offertory Solutions announces the addition of important new features to its popular Online Giving platform.... Read More

OSV Offertory Solutions Updates Website

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
HUNTINGTON, IN - Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Offertory Solutions introduces improvements to www.osvoffertory.com which simplify access to information... Read More

OSV's Greg Erlandson named to committee focused on reforming Vatican Media

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
HUNTINGTON, Ind., July 9, 2014 — Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, has been appointed to... Read More

Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby case heralded as victory for opponents of HHS contraceptive mandate

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 1, 2014 – The Supreme Court decision affirming that Hobby Lobby and the family-operated manufacturer Conestoga Wood... Read More

Dr. Saundra Kennedy Joins Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Team

Monday, June 9, 2014
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, June 9, 2014 – Saundra Kennedy Ed. D., a highly respected veteran of religious education and catechesis, has joined Our... Read More

Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby case heralded as victory for opponents of HHS contraceptive mandate

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 1, 2014 – The Supreme Court decision affirming that Hobby Lobby and the family-operated manufacturer Conestoga Wood Specialties “cannot be required to provide contraception coverage” under the HHS mandate is a victory for religious freedom, said the president of Our Sunday Visitor.

“While we continue to study the Court’s decision, we welcome this ruling on behalf of the plaintiffs and its affirmation that such ‘closely held’ corporations can be protected under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA),” said Gregory Erlandson, president of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.

“Our hope is that this decision bodes well for those non-profit religious organizations, including Our Sunday Visitor, which are seeking relief from the onerous requirements of the HHS regulations,” Erlandson added.

The June 30 ruling by the Supreme Court declared that the contraceptive mandate “substantially burdens the exercise of religion” and that the government “failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrictive means of furthering” ”the government’s claimed interest in providing across the board access to birth control.

Our Sunday Visitor is one of the plaintiffs in more than 51 lawsuits by religious non-profit organizations opposing the mandate by the U.S. Government’s Department of Health and Human Services requiring businesses and organizations to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization for their employees.

Religious organizations such as Our Sunday Visitor argue that such a requirement is morally objectionable because it forces the organization to violate the teachings of their church or religious beliefs.

For-profit organizations such as Hobby Lobby have made similar arguments, but because they are for-profit, the government argued that they were not covered by the protection of RFRA. The high court rejected that reasoning, dealing a rebuke to the administration that is likely to impact a wide variety of for-profit, closely held companies that may otherwise have been compelled to provide such coverage.

The majority decision noted that the annual fines HHS would have imposed on Hobby Lobby were a “substantial burden.” If Hobby Lobby had lost its case, it would have been subject to fines of up to $475 million, or $36,500 per year per affected employee. By way of contrast, if Hobby Lobby had ceased to provide any health coverage at all for its employees, it would have been fined $26 million a year, the Court said.

“One of the paradoxes of the government contraception mandate is that it sought to impose its will on religious organizations through the threat of fines so onerous that they dwarfed the penalties for providing no health coverage at all,” Erlandson said. “Our hope is that the courts will affirm that there is no state interest so compelling as to force religious organizations such as Our Sunday Visitor to violate their religious beliefs or risk financially devastating fines.”

In 2012, Our Sunday Visitor joined with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic organizations in filing federal lawsuits to block an unprecedented infringement on religious liberty.

Our Sunday Visitor is one of the largest Catholic publishing houses in the country. It consists of the Publishing Division, the Offertory Solutions Division, and the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, which funds charitable works and other Catholic apostolates and programs around the United States.

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For an interview with Greg Erlandson, please contact Polly King: (260) 359-2527 or pking@osv.com

ABOUT OUR SUNDAY VISITOR

The world’s largest English-language Catholic publisher, Our Sunday Visitor serves millions of Catholics globally through its publishing, offertory, and communication services. Established in 1912, Our Sunday Visitor publishes the OSV Newsweekly as well as a wide range of books including Bibles, biographies of the saints, books by Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, bible studies, and curriculum. Our Sunday Visitor is a not-for-profit organization that also supports Catholic dioceses and organizations through the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.  For more information, visit www.osv.com.

ABOUT GREG ERLANDSON

Gregory R. Erlandson is the President and Publisher of the Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division. The Board of Directors of Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. appointed him to that position in November 2000.

Erlandson is a former president of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada and has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

During his years in the Catholic press, he has won a variety of awards for his writing from the Catholic Press Association, including best general commentary, best news story, best editorial, best family column and best interview. Erlandson has also published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and a variety of Catholic publications.

As president of the Catholic Press Association, Erlandson is an advisor on the U.S. Bishops Communications Committee. He also serves on the advisory board of the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.