This just in: the Catholic Church is not a religious organization.
With unbelievable hubris, the Obamacare bureaucrats in Washington exclude the Church’s non-liturgical mission from the religious exemption of Obamacare. Note that it wasn’t the elected Congress, but self-righteous bureaucrats who made this decision. They think that because the Church serves non-Catholics in its non-liturgical mission, this is not its core religious mission.
Imagine it: the bureaucrats understand the church’s mission better than the clergy! Even many liberal Catholics understand that the mission of the Catholic Church extends beyond the chapel.
The Church would be legally protected if it discriminated, in other words. But since it doesn’t, it has to pay.
It is well known that use of contraceptives and abortions are a violation of Catholic Church doctrine. But few non-Catholics (and even fewer in the media) understand just how important this teaching is. Forcing Catholics to provide contraception is not, for example, like making them eat meat on Fridays, or making them all dress a certain way; use of contraception is, according to 1966’s Humanae Vitae, a mortal sin, which means that institutions that complied with the Obama Administration would effectively condemn themselves to hell.
Forcing Catholic institutions to fund contraception and abortions for its employees under Obamacare is clearly a violation of its doctrine and religious freedom. It’s hard to imagine something more offensive to our nation’s largest religious denomination.
Does the administration want to force the Catholic Church to abandon its missions in health, education and welfare in order to be true to its beliefs?
It could happen; it’s already beginning to happen. Due to the radical liberal homosexual agenda, Catholic Charities have already had to close down adoption agencies in states where it is considered unfair discrimination to refuse to give children to homosexual couples. By forcing the Catholic Church, history’s largest social service organization, out of business, aren’t we throwing out the baby and keeping the bath water?