I’m sure you have heard about new regulations under Obama’s overhaul of our health system that compels religious organizations to include morning-after pills and other contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage. This is a big problem for Catholic organizations because it goes against the teachings of our Church. Failing to comply will result in fines being levied by the federal government that many Catholic organizations claim would cost them millions of dollars a year.
At least 153 US bishops have spoken out against these regulations, including a letter sent to all Catholic Churches from a leading Catholic Bishop claiming an attack on religious liberty. The letter basically says that the Church “cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law,” as it violates the Catholic conscience. It also said that if these regulations are imposed the Church will be faced with a difficult decision to either comply and violate its faith or drop coverage for employees.
The Obama administration made a very big mistake here. They figured that the only people really upset about this would be devout Catholics like myself who adhere to the teachings of the Church on contraception and the like. There aren’t many of us in relation to the entire Church, sad to say, but the Obama administration doesn’t understand Catholics. Many Catholics may disagree with the Church on many things, but they NEVER believe that the government should be telling the Catholic Church that it must turn away from it’s teachings on order of the government. It’s sort of like “you can’t call my sister names, only I can” sort of thing. After fuming... [continues]
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