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Archbishop Chaput: HHS mandate insulting and dangerous
Philly.com ^ | February 12, 2012 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Posted on 02/13/2012 2:38:27 PM PST by Petrosius

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refused on Jan. 20 to broaden the exception to its mandate that nearly all Catholic employers must cover contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization in their health-care plans.

An "accommodation" offered Friday by the White House did not solve the problem. Instead, it triggered withering criticism from legal scholars such as Notre Dame's Carter Snead, Harvard's Mary Ann Glendon, Princeton's Robert George, and Catholic University of America president John Garvey, along with non-Catholic scholars including Yuval Levin, the religious liberty law firm the Becket Fund, and numerous Catholic and other organizations.

Many Catholics are confused and angry. They should be.

Quite a few Catholics supported President Obama in the last election, so the ironies here are bitter. Many feel betrayed. They're baffled that the Obama administration would seek to coerce Catholic employers, private and corporate, to violate their religious convictions.

But it's clear that such actions are developing into a pattern. Whether it was the administration's early shift toward the anemic language of "freedom of worship" instead of the more historically grounded and robust concept of "freedom of religion" in key diplomatic discussions; or its troubling effort to regulate religious ministers recently rejected 9-0 by the Supreme Court in the Hosanna Tabor case; or the revocation of the U.S. bishops' conference human-trafficking grant for refusing to refer rape victims to abortion clinics, it seems obvious that this administration is - to put it generously - tone deaf to people of faith.

Philadelphians may wish to reflect on the following facts: The Archdiocesan Secretariat for Catholic Human Services spends $278 million annually on services to the community. About 4,000 employees make up our secretariat's workforce. Catholic Social Services is the largest social-service agency in Pennsylvania and the largest residential care/social-service subcontractor with the Department of Human Services of the City of Philadelphia.

There's more. Archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services is the largest faith-based provider of long-term-care services to the poor and elderly in the five-county area, and the seventh-largest nationally. And our Nutritional Development Services ministry serves more than eight million meals a year to schoolchildren, summer programs, and child-care centers. It also provides 2 million pounds of nonperishable food to needy families and the elderly through its Community Food Program.

Much of the money used by these ministries comes from public funding. But of course, the reason these ministries are trusted with public funding is that they do an excellent job. The service relationship works well without compromising the integrity of either the government or the Church. In fact, in a practical sense, government often benefits more than the Church.

It's also important to note that many millions of the dollars disbursed are resources directly donated by faithful Catholics to carry out their Gospel mission to serve the needy. For the Church, this makes perfect sense: As a believing community, we share our resources freely and gladly. We'll cooperate with anyone in service to the common good, so long as we are not forced to compromise our religious beliefs.

But the HHS mandate, including its latest variant, is belligerent, unnecessary, and deeply offensive to the content of Catholic belief. Any such mandate would make it morally compromising for us to provide health-care benefits to the staffs of our public-service ministries. Moreover, we cannot afford to be fooled - yet again - - by evasive and misleading allusions to the administration's alleged "flexibility" on such issues. The HHS mandate needs to be rescinded.

Many critics are focusing on the details of this or that particular version of the HHS regulation - the narrowness of the religious exemption, the breadth of the mandate, the hollowness of the grace period. As useful as this approach may be, it risks wandering into the weeds. The White House response on these points is ambiguous and weak. The true magnitude of the issue is getting lost as just another debate about details.

In reality, no similarly aggressive attack on religious freedom in our country has occurred in recent memory.

The current administration prides itself on being measured and deliberate. The current HHS mandate needs to be understood as exactly that. Commentators are using words like "gaffe," "ill conceived," and "mistake" to describe the mandate. They're wrong. It's impossible to see this regulation as some happenstance policy. It has been too long in the making.

Despite all of its public apprehension about "culture warriors" on the political right in the past, the current administration has created an HHS mandate that is the embodiment of culture war. At its heart is a seemingly deep distrust of the formative role religious faith has on personal and social conduct, and a deep distaste for religion's moral influence on public affairs. To say that this view is contrary to the Founders' thinking and the record of American history would be an understatement.

Critics may characterize my words here as partisan or political. These are my personal views, and of course people are free to disagree. But it is this administration - not Catholic ministries, or institutions, or bishops - that chose the timing and nature of the fight. The onus is entirely on the White House, which also has the power to remove the issue from public conflict. Catholics should not be misled into accepting feeble compromises on issues of principle. The HHS mandate is bad law; and not merely bad, but dangerous and insulting. It needs to be withdrawn - now.


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1 posted on 02/13/2012 2:38:32 PM PST by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius
Archbishop Chaput: HHS mandate insulting and dangerous

Interesting from a lifelong Democrat activist.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
2 posted on 02/13/2012 2:42:36 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Petrosius

What else can we expect from the most abortion loving President in history? Or from Kathleen Sebelius, his beloved Commissar of Health, who has absolutely no expertise on health at all, but is a avid abortion fan, and was a close friend and political ally of Dr. Death, the bloodiest abortionist in America?


3 posted on 02/13/2012 2:47:13 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Petrosius

Notre Dame is reaping what they’ve sown.


4 posted on 02/13/2012 2:51:43 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Actually, Arch Bishop Chaput has been a major voice in conservative causes. At least, he was during his tenure here in Rapid City, SD.

He was and remains, highly regarded by my conservative Catholic friends here.......who know him quite well.


5 posted on 02/13/2012 2:59:32 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Petrosius

Given that leftists generally cannot understand economics and have severely defective capabilities when it comes to moral reasoning, I wonder whether the “accomodation” was offered in good faith:

Anyone who suffers from any two of the delusions

1. There is such a thing as a free lunch.
2. Money is not fungible.
3. One is not doing evil if one gets someone else to do it for you.

might fancy that the shift in HHS’s position actually represented backing down and accomodating the Latin church’s objections.

I suspect folks in the Obama administration generally suffer from all three of those delusions.


6 posted on 02/13/2012 3:42:58 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
Interesting from a lifelong Democrat activist.

Correction: Interesting from a former Democrat activist.

Your aversion to accuracy is well documented.

7 posted on 02/13/2012 3:48:41 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Petrosius
Try posting the correct link:

HHS mandate insulting and dangerous

8 posted on 02/13/2012 3:56:04 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Petrosius
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9 posted on 02/13/2012 4:04:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Uriel>Interesting from a lifelong Democrat activist.

Correction: Interesting from a former Democrat activist. Your aversion to accuracy is well documented.

Spin it anyway you like,
but anyone associated with the Democrat Party
in the last forty years is
either a "useful idiot" or a Marxist.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
10 posted on 02/13/2012 4:34:14 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: The_Reader_David

The administration actually changed not a word of its regulation. They showed the left cheek and then the right cheek, but same bottom.


11 posted on 02/13/2012 10:40:41 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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