WASHINGTON — Days after the U.S. bishops indicated the HHS contraception mandate remains unacceptable, the Catholic Health Association has approved the government’s accommodation. (source)
In other news apparently the sun rose today and is expected to set tonight.
Really did anybody expect any other outcome? The Obama administration barks and the CHA replies “Thank you sir can I have another.”
“CHA had two principal concerns. The first was the four-part definition of what constituted a ‘religious employer.’ That concern has been eliminated,” Sister Carol Keehan, president of CHA, announced in a July 8 memo to members of the organization.
So a religious exemption that does not apply to for example EWTN or the Little Sister of the Poor is one where all concerns are eliminated.
All concerns are eliminated a position apparently no U.S. Bishops hold and is still deemed a threat to religious liberty across a swath of religious leaders here.
Acknowledging they don’t all agree on religious teachings about contraception, they are united against government requiring any faith or its followers to violate those teachings.
More than 100 national religious leaders and scholars released their letter last Tuesday titled “Standing Together for Religious Freedom,” calling on the Obama administration and Congress to respect conscience rights and religious freedom. (source)
This letter in part said:
Through its contraceptive coverage mandate, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) continues to breach universal principles affirmed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and other federal laws. While the mandate is a specific offense, it represents a greater fundamental breach of conscience by the federal government. Very simply, HHS is forcing Citizen A, against his or her moral convictions, to purchase a product for Citizen B. The HHS policy is coercive and puts the administration in the position of defining–or casting aside–religious doctrine. This should trouble every American. (source)
In the meantime as of last week:
Sister Carol Keehan is a member of the Finance Council for the Archdiocese of Washington. Look at the 6th page of this pdf. Why, oh why, was she not unceremoniously ejected from that post after she wrecked so much havoc on this nation? By the way – the directory was updated last week so this list is not obsolete.