Skip to comments.Pro-life nuns: We’re not exempt - Obama mandate would force us ‘to pay for abortion-inducing drugs’
Posted on 02/16/2012 6:28:29 PM PST by Morgana
February 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Sisters of Life, a group of Catholic nuns who take a sacred vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life, say they dont fall under the narrow religious exemption under the Obama administrations new insurance mandate, meaning the rule would force them to break their promises to God.
This mandate will gravely violate the individual and collective religious liberties of the Sisters of Life and millions of others by forcing us to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and artificial contraception against our conscience, said the sisters in a statement Thursday.
The religious order said that their special fourth vow is at the heart of our identity as a religious community, and is a profound expression of the religious and spiritual commitment of each of our Sisters. This new rule pays no heed to our right to live according to our vows.
Since we are neither employers, nor employees, of any religious institution, we cannot even take advantage of the religious exemption contained in the new regulations or the compromise, the sisters said. As a result, this mandate would coerce each and every individual Sister of Life to betray her religious vows. ...
To us, it would be comparable to a law requiring a spouse to violate their marriage vows an unthinkable intrusion upon a sacred promise.
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The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by Cardinal John OConnor of New York, a forceful opponent of abortion.
The religious group numbers among countless Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities that are not covered by the religious exemption in the mandate. President Obama last Friday said he would adjust the mandate by forcing health insurers to offer religious employees birth control for free, a move criticized by Catholic groups, including the U.S. bishops, as vastly inadequate.
Although the Sisters said they are proud of their American heritage, now we are faced with a government decision that is not only a grave affront to the religious liberty and rights of conscience of every citizen of the United States, but also an offense to each Sister of Life in a particular way.
The only just solution to this infringement of rights is to rescind the HHS rule, they write.
We call upon members of Congress and the Executive Branch to reverse this decision as soon as possible, and we invite our fellow citizens to join with us in prayer and fasting that our Nation may be protected from this great threat against liberty.
Read the Sisters full statement here.
Rev. Mother Superior wants to tell the White House what it may do with its contraceptives but she knows Jesus would not approve of such language. She will instead be burning the nasty things out back of the convent Saturday night.
Shouldn’t pro-life nuns be redundant?
Yes, but this is a special charism that they emphasize. It is central to their mission (as opposed to contemplation, teaching, hospitals, tending to the poor, etc.).
Okay, I did not know that. Thank you.
Obummer is starting his own HHS-exempt womens` religious order:
The CanFriskem Sisters of the Immaculate Accomodation of the Wright Way
I was thinking the SAME thing! Should be redundant, but sadly, in these highly IMMORAL times, one must describe certin nuns as being Pro-Life.
It was interesting to read George Neumayr’s column in the American Spectator showing the pro- Obama nun,Sr. Keehan gets paid 962,467 dollars a year by the Obama administration.I guess we should always look at the bottom line.