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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fighting the HHS Mandate

Fighting the HHS Mandate

          Very recently the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law, and the President reaffirmed his determination to force Catholic institutions to provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization to its employees, in direct violation of its moral beliefs, not to mention its Constitutionally guaranteed right to religious freedom.
          This has led to speculation about what will ultimately happen.  Will the Church have to shut down all her schools, hospitals and charitable endeavors?  Certainly that would create a vacuum that big-government politicians would love to fill.  But it would also permanently cripple the economy over night.  And I will not make the rash judgment that that is what the President seeks.  I think it’s far more likely he’s simply playing “chicken” with the bishops.  Perhaps he plans to back down and is calculating the most opportune political moment to do so.  But one thing is sure: the bishops will not blink.  The video below is a discussion of the issue with Cardinal Francis George, of Chicago.