The president of a small Catholic college said Friday he would rather close the school’s doors than violate the church’s teachings on contraception should the college lose the latest battle involving health-insurance laws and religious freedom.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that Belmont Abbey College violated discrimination laws because the school’s employee health insurance plan does not cover contraception, according to a letter the EEOC sent to the school.
“I hope it would never get this far,” college President William K. Thierfelder told The Washington Times, “but if it came down to it we would close the college before we ever provided that.”
I listened to an interview with President Thierfelde this week on Al Kresta’s show and it was quite nice hearing him defend the truth the Catholic Church teaches and to take a hard stance on the encroachment of the government into a Catholic college. He was even quoting Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Catholic college presidents who quote this document are rarer than hens teeth. I am sure there is some mutant hens out there with teeth.
“By denying prescription contraceptive drugs, [the college] is discriminating based on gender because only females take oral prescription contraceptives,” the EEOC wrote in a letter to the North Carolina college. “By denying coverage, men are not affected, only women.”
Yes this is the same tactic they always use – make it a case of gender inequality, even if it makes no sense. Liberal groups who hate the Catholic Church are quite willing to use the government to enforce their will on the small number of holdouts who still believe what the Church teaches. This is just on the state level, imagine the red tape they would try to strangle the Church with as a Federal manner.
… Mr. Thierfelder wrote at the time that “it is the clear, consistent, incontrovertible, public, official and authoritative teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that abortion, contraception and voluntary sterilization are actions which are intrinsically wrong and should not be undertaken because of their very nature.”
The college, which has about 1,500 students, no longer covers contraceptive services as part of its employee health coverage.
“As a Roman Catholic institution, Belmont Abbey College is not able to and will not offer nor subsidize medical services that contradict the clear teaching of the Catholic Church,” Mr. Thierfelder wrote in a letter explaining the changes.
Belmont Abbey College is one of the schools that is taking back its Catholic identity just as the University of Stuebenville did in the past. Unfortunately this case came about because of eight current and former faculty members. I guess they don’t make enough to be able to buy their own contraceptives. As if this was a significant expense in any way except on the moral calculator. Well any stick to beat the Church.