Government “Accommodation” to the Objections of Catholics and others to the HHS Mandate

This morning President Obama announced a revision of the HHS mandate. The devil is in the details, no doubt, and what they are will hopefully be made clearer.
Here is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s first response to the Federal Government’s revision of its HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drug coverage.

WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President Obama’s announcement today. But the Conference continues to express concerns. “While there may be an openness to respond to some of our concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of USCCB.

“The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” he said.

“Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” Cardinal-designate Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.”

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5 Responses to Government “Accommodation” to the Objections of Catholics and others to the HHS Mandate

  1. Michelle Rifenberg says:

    The Beck Fund for Religious liberty says , no. Michael Warsaw from EWTN who is suing the feds over this is very skeptical, and Bill Donahue from the Catholic said that this is “insult to injury.” The small minority of Catholics who cared enough to caucus the other night will not, rest until Obama care is repealed, buried and dead. As long as you have an over bearing intrusive government that does not stay within its constitutional boundries your religious liberties will never be secure. You reap what you sow. Those of us who opposed Obamacare from the beginning were not fooled and knew this was the havoc it would create. As Margaret Thatcher once said, “this is no time to go all wobbly.”

  2. Deacon Bob says:

    Yes, I have already read EWTN’s and Donahue’s initial reactions. I am awaiting the Church’s official “read” of what the president has said, i.e., what the details are and what that means for religious liberty and first amendment rights.

  3. Mike Young says:

    In response to Michelle’s comment on reversing care for the people who can’t afford health care it would be worth while to think of some alternative to helping those people rather than saying that it is all bad. There are a number of people that don’t have health care and can’t afford it and there are many need it, please remember them.

  4. Michelle Rifenberg says:

    The idea that people like me who are opposed to the false promises of socialist utopianism somehow don’t care or don’t think is quite frankly, an insult. I’ve spent my life and risked leaving my comfort zone to work on these issues and learned to understand this tangled disfunctional mess. There have been many ideas out there that begin to tackle this mess; health savings accounts, small employer/individual purchasing pools, the right to purchase insurance across state lines just to name a few. I’m a student of history and have learned about the end result of bad philosophies, the cowarded silence of many, and the socialist path to totalitarian nihlism. The ending is never good.

    I know what it is to leave a local healthcare employer many years ago when the lab work could mean participation in IVP. I didn’t make the chicken false compromise that you could just work in another department. How many other Catholics would
    band together and and work to stop what may be going.

    I speak out when my other Catholic friends and neighbors remin silent. I’ve been told by Catholics in my community that I “should be me and not always view myself as always trying to be Catholic. I’ve been sneered at for defending the reverence and sacredness of the Mass as the representation of the sacrafice on calvary by Catholics in town. I’m the one who’s taken the gospel to area Catholics who won’t vote for the Marriage amendment next fall.

    The idea that I somehow don’t care or don’t think because I don’t subscribe to bad p0licy because of the bad consequences it will lead to is beyond belief.

  5. Deacon Bob says:

    Michelle, I have always respected the commitment you have made and continue to make in protecting life from conception to natural death. You have been a political leader in the local area.

    I too speak out about the Marriage Amendment and the sacredness of human life. It astounds me how muddy thinking has clouded the minds of so many people in these areas. Failure to support pro-life and pro-marriage legislation is a grave matter.

    I am aware of, and share in the struggle to live fully the teachings of Christ and his Church when faced with moral decisions that we must make even in our workplaces. For some of us, it will require great sacrifices.

    All of us are called to be prophets — perhaps even martyrs — for our beliefs. This will require great courage, a gift we receive in our baptisms and fully in our confirmations.

    As you so clearly point out, we cannot separate ourselves from our Catholicism. We cannot segregate our beliefs from the totality of our lives — even in the political and economic arenas.

    I believe your last comment is in response to Mike Young. I know him well, for many years. I am sure he wishes to insult no one. His concern is for the poor, and he faithfully lives out that concern in many ways in his life.

    I extend to you, Mike, and all the readers of Catholic Faith and Reflections my diaconal blessing.

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