EWTN has been granted temporary emergency relief against the federal contraception mandate just hours before it would have gone into effect.

“We are thankful that the Eleventh Circuit protected our right to religious freedom while we pursue our case in court,” said Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN. “We want to continue to practice the same Catholic faith that we preach to the world every day.”

If EWTN hadn’t been granted relief it could have faced potential fines of more than $35,000 per day in penalties for refusing to do so -which it surely would have done.

This narrowly avoided disaster is more good news.