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Obama's HHS mandate will destroy the Little Sisters of the Poor's ministry to the elderly
Pundit & Pundette ^ | March 9, 2012 | jillat

Posted on 03/10/2012 8:24:52 AM PST by No One Special

This will make you angry. Via the Catholic News Agency:

Baltimore, Md., Mar 8, 2012 / 12:34 am (CNA).- The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.

“Because the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot in conscience directly provide or collaborate in the provision of services that conflict with Church teaching, we find ourselves in the irreconcilable situation of being forced to either stop serving and employing people of all faiths in our ministry – so that we will fall under the narrow exemption – or to stop providing health care coverage to our employees,” the order said on March 1.

“Either path threatens to end our service to the elderly in America. The Little Sisters are fervently praying that this issue will be resolved before we are forced to take concrete action in response to this unjust mandate.”

Their order serves 13,000 needy elderly of all faiths in 31 countries around the world. In the U.S., it has 30 homes for the elderly, accommodating 2,500 low-income seniors.

The Department of Health and Human Services mandate requires employers to provide coverage for “preventive health.” It defines this coverage to include sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs. The Obama administration’s proposed compromise would mandate that insurance companies, not employers, provide this coverage.

The mandate’s religious exemption applies only to employers who primarily serve and employ their coreligionists and have the inculcation of religious values as their primary purpose.

The Little Sisters of the Poor said that even the indirect subsidizing of such benefits is “unconscionable to us.” Their longstanding health insurance has always explicitly excluded sterilization, contraception and abortion from covered services and this policy has “never been a matter of controversy in our homes.”

The sisters warned that the successful implementation of the federal rule could set a precedent for “further intrusion of government into health care.”

They have done their best to comply with all applicable government regulations and are not prone to making statements on politics or public policy, but they “cannot refrain from speaking out” about the mandate, the sisters said.
We're talking about genuine Catholic nuns who live their vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and hospitality, not lobbyists who sell out their religion and their country for material and political gain.

The Little Sisters have been forced to speak up. And they're asking a very pertinent question:
“If the federal government succeeds in enforcing this rule, what is to stop it from rationing health care to seniors or including euthanizing procedures on the list of required ‘preventive services’ as a way of eliminating the costs associated with caring for our aging population?” they asked.

“Would health care providers like the Little Sisters of the Poor then be forced to cooperate in such practices?”

“We wish to affirm that the HHS mandate is an unjust and dangerous infringement upon the natural and constitutional rights of Americans and that the only just solution is to rescind it. The Little Sisters of the Poor call upon Congress and the Executive Branch to reverse this decision as soon as possible and we pledge our prayers and sacrifices for the true good of our beloved country,” the order said.
But the Obama administration assures us it has striven to "strike the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services." That means when it comes to a contest between the "right" of Generation-sex college students to "free" contraceptives vs. the housing, feeding, and nursing of the elderly poor, the old folks lose. No matter that most of the elderly are women, or that the sisters are women, too. They're the wrong kind of women.

The Little Sisters are just one example of the many organizations that will be killed off by the mandate, since the "choices" they face aren't choices at all. In case you missed it, Cardinal George on that:
What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded? A Catholic institution, so far as I can see right now, will have one of four choices: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop. This is a form of theft. It means the church will not be permitted to have an institutional voice in public life. 2) Pay exorbitant annual fines to avoid paying for insurance policies that cover abortifacient drugs, artificial contraception and sterilization. This is not economically sustainable. 3) Sell the institution to a non-Catholic group or to a local government. 4) Close down. 
His Eminence on freedom of worship vs. religious liberty:
The provision of health care should not demand “giving up” religious liberty. Liberty of religion is more than freedom of worship. Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship-no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long cold war to defeat that vision of society.

The strangest accusation in this manipulated public discussion has the bishops not respecting the separation between church and state. The bishops would love to have the separation between church and state we thought we enjoyed just a few months ago, when we were free to run Catholic institutions in conformity with the demands of the Catholic faith, when the government couldn’t tell us which of our ministries are Catholic and which not, when the law protected rather than crushed conscience. The state is making itself into a church. The bishops didn’t begin this dismaying conflict nor choose its timing. We would love to have it ended as quickly as possible. It’s up to the government to stop the attack.
It's tyranny pure and simple.

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One more excerpt from the Little Sisters' statement
As Little Sisters of the Poor we are not strangers to religious intolerance. Our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, was born in the midst of the French Revolution and established our Congregation in its aftermath. In 1851 the first group of Little Sisters ventured beyond France to begin establishing homes for the elderly in Great Britain, where their selfless charity triumphed over the rampant anti-Catholic sentiments of the time.

In 1868 the first Little Sisters of the Poor to set foot on American soil were amazed at the warm welcome and generosity of the people of this country. For over 140 years Little Sisters have cared for the elderly poor, welcomed the collaboration of volunteers and benefactors from their local communities and employed lay staff and consultants to help in our mission – all without discriminating on the basis of race or religion. Nor have the Little Sisters of the Poor ever faced religious discrimination or persecution in this great nation.
Can there be any doubt that what the Obama administration is doing constitutes religious persecution?



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1 posted on 03/10/2012 8:24:56 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special
Can there be any doubt that what the Obama administration is doing constitutes religious persecution?

It does seem that way...

2 posted on 03/10/2012 8:27:47 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: No One Special

Obamacare exists to reduce the abundance of elderly Americans and redistribute resources formerly spent on them to the Baby Boom generation. What other reason would justify death panels?


3 posted on 03/10/2012 8:28:44 AM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: No One Special
I read about this is CNA. There will be many, many more examples of this kind: religious organizations being given the choice of "Do every damned thing Secretary Sebelius saysa, or cease to exist."

The entire institutinal existence of the Catholic Church n America is at stake. And other religious groups as well.

It is tyranny of the sort that sparks revolution.

4 posted on 03/10/2012 8:30:51 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (The Holy Catholic Church: the more Holy it is, the more Catholic it is.)
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To: No One Special
That is Obama’s objective. He wants Government to take care of everyone, not any religious organization. That way the Government can confiscate one sixth of the American economy and not have to actually put all those healthcare dollars into healthcare. Remember, ‘Americans over age 55 use entirely too much of our healthcare resources’-Nancy Pelosi.
5 posted on 03/10/2012 8:44:32 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: No One Special

The charitable works performed by religious organizations are inherently good - ergo, they must be destroyed to fulfill the totalitarian goals of the communist regime.

If life sustaining acts exist outside of central state control they are a threat to the power and survival of the State and must be destroyed.

The only way the Obama junta can survive is to kill any possible competitors.

So it goes.


6 posted on 03/10/2012 8:47:25 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are come election day.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks No One Special.
"If the federal government succeeds in enforcing this rule, what is to stop it from rationing health care to seniors or including euthanizing procedures on the list of required 'preventive services' as a way of eliminating the costs associated with caring for our aging population?" they asked. "Would health care providers like the Little Sisters of the Poor then be forced to cooperate in such practices?"
The use of "if" is pretty optimistic.


7 posted on 03/10/2012 8:47:40 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I'm sure we all recognize this is the 1st amendment, the one the founders thought the most important, for without freedom of speech it is darned difficult to change the government.

Thomas Jefferson seemed to believe the first amendment was all about freedom of speech even though it also spoke of religion and the press:

"One of the amendments to the Constitution... expressly declares that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,' thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others." --Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798.

I agree with him.

8 posted on 03/10/2012 8:56:09 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”


9 posted on 03/10/2012 9:18:40 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Who you gonna believe on the economy? Obama or your own lying wallet?)
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To: No One Special

Sister Superior should go to the White House with her ruler and rap Obummer`s knuckles.


10 posted on 03/10/2012 9:23:12 AM PST by bunkerhill7 (WH Sister Act`?????? ?? Who knew?)
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To: No One Special; NYer; narses; Salvation; Pyro7480; cripplecreek; little jeremiah; ExTexasRedhead; ..
ObamaCare has to be repealed or more such things will happen. Among other things, it's a subtle form of religious persecution.
11 posted on 03/10/2012 9:34:02 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; Perdogg; All
The point you just made needs to be pointed out, shouted and screamed to the faces of useful idiots that are “religious” or “spiritual”.

These phlegm are typically the ones that like sit in the front pews at church and are only “holy” for the one hour a week they go to church (which in reality is just a PR stunt).

Remember, there is only one group that Jesus hates: HYPOCRITES.

12 posted on 03/10/2012 9:50:11 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Not very subtle...


13 posted on 03/10/2012 10:39:53 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: No One Special

The results of this administrations policies, from the monstrosity of obamacare down to the ban on the resale of military brass to ammunition manufacturers, will haunt this country for years.

Worst part about it, when he and his cronies are confronted with what is happening they just shrug their shoulders, leave the mess to be cleaned up by someone else and figure out what else to destroy.


14 posted on 03/10/2012 10:40:04 AM PST by qaz123
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Yes - the fewer elderly, helpless or chronically ill, the "better". If groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor cannot help the elderly, who will? Death panels, I assume.

15 posted on 03/10/2012 10:41:26 AM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell. Signed, a fanatic)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Actually there are 7 things Jesus hates and hypocrite is not one of them but liar is.


16 posted on 03/10/2012 11:09:36 AM PST by BillT (If you can not stand behind our military, you might as well stand in front of them!)
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To: TonyInOhio

In my opinion, ObamaCare is Holocaust II!!!


17 posted on 03/10/2012 11:54:35 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: BillT

My interpretation of the Book of Matthew is that Jesus hated hypocrites.


18 posted on 03/10/2012 3:28:17 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: No One Special

Without a doubt their questions don’t even need to be asked, as it is inevitable the answers are yes. These people are evil incarnate and know nothing but pushing us down the steps of perdition. Anyone who cannot plainly see this is naive to the extreme.


19 posted on 03/10/2012 9:09:06 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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20 posted on 03/12/2012 8:28:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: No One Special

they run a catholic nursing home in totowa, nj.


21 posted on 12/30/2013 7:22:43 PM PST by Coleus
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