July 09, 2013
Catholic Health Association: Obama Administration's contraception-coverage mandate is workable.
Grant Gallicho has the story--which will interest many MOJ readers--at dotCommonweal. The beginning:
"Last night [July 8] the Catholic Health Association issued a memo to its members announcing that the final rules governing the Obama administration's contraception-coverage mandate are workable. In June of last year, CHA strongly criticized--as did the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops--the way the Department of Health and Human Services had attempted to accommodate the concerns of religious employers who objected to the mandate. The USCCB is still not (and may never be) happy with the rule. But CHA now believes HHS has addressed their concerns."
The rest of the story, with links, is here.
Thankfully the CHA have not been elevated as bishops.
Posted by: CK | Jul 9, 2013 4:15:03 PM
Appreciate reasonableness whenever it can be found.
Posted by: Joe | Jul 9, 2013 7:09:52 PM
The purpose of Religious Liberty, which can only come from The True God, is not to compromise The Word of God or worship false idols. God does not desire to lead man astray.
Posted by: Nancy | Jul 10, 2013 8:49:21 AM
This is a much more nuanced statement than many folks are making it out to be. It is not a declaration of "victory," like a headline at the NCR makes it out be. Nor, is it really throwing the law suits under bus or criticizing the ongoing litigation. It explicitly recognizes that there are still religious liberty issues for for-profit entities and recognizes that the accommodation may not be acceptable to all religious entities.
While I disagree with CHA that the accommodation is really "workable" from a Catholic perspective, I don't react to as viscerally as some on the Catholic Right have, but neither do I seed vindication for the Catholic Left here that the HHS mandate really doesn't pose a continuing religious liberty problem.
Posted by: CLS | Jul 10, 2013 11:00:41 AM
The Truth is not a matter of degree.
Posted by: Nancy | Jul 10, 2013 12:11:31 PM
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