The Catholic Church Has Launched A Fight Against Obama That’s Unprecedented In American History

February 8, 2012 06:35

The government will force the Church’s institutions (hospitals, schools, charities) to act in a way Catholics consider sinful: to directly buy insurance for birth control, sterilization, and drugs that act as abortifacients. No, the government isn’t forcing employees to use those insured services. But forcing Catholic institutions to pay for those services makes the Church complicit in those acts. – Business Insider


By Michael Brendan Dougherty  at Business Insider



The basics are this: The department of Health and Human services issued a regulation that all non-Church religious intitutions, like hospitals and schools, had to provide employee health insurance that includes contraception, sterlization, and drugs that the Church maintains are abortifacients.


This effects hundreds of institutions, and the largest non-profit sector of the health-care economy.


By ruling that the “conscience exemption” only applies to Catholic Churches and institutions that primarily educate people in the faith or serve almost exclusively fellow Catholics, the Obama administration has effectively said that Catholics only exist in the pews. The moment they step outside a Church to help the sick, feed the hungry, or otherwise serve and employ non-Catholics, they are no longer allowed to follow their religious dictates.


Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA pointed out that the regulations would say that the ministry of Jesus Christ himself was not “religious” because he was doing health-care, activism on behalf of the poor, and interacting with people of other religions all the time.


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