Catholic Ethicists: Immoral For Catholic Business Owners to Obey Obamacare | CNSNews.com
October 1, 2012 5 Comments
This is one the saddest stories I’ve ever run, or even read. Who would have thought, even five years ago, that the United States Government, which has as one of its basic constitutional tenets the freedom of religion would be so far exceeding its authority as to cause the Roman Catholic church to advise its members to disobey the law if they are to remain within the spirit and rules of the church. Of course it goes beyond the Catholic church, most of our churches hold the same beliefs on abortion, if not always on contraception.
You rarely hear me use the term abortion because I think that the real name is infanticide, the homicide of a baby. To me the abortion industry is nothing more than infanticide for profit, part of the culture of death that seems so popular in this country lately. From CNS News.
(CNSNews.com) – The National Catholic Bioethics Center has published an analysis saying that it will be immoral for a Catholic who owns a private business to purchase health insurance for his or her workers under Obamacare and its implementing regulations–which mandate that insurance plans bought by businesses and individuals must cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.
“Dropping all coverage appears to be the most morally sound approach,” the Catholic ethicists concluded.
They further said that Catholics have an affirmative duty to oppose the Obamacare mandate.
“Most importantly,” they wrote, “we are impelled to recall the distinct moral obligation of all persons of conscience, and especially Catholics, to resist unjust laws.
“This duty was outlined explicitly by our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Evangelium vitae: ‘There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. … In the case of an intrinsically unjust law … it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it’”
On Feb. 15, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius—a Catholic whose bishop has publicly declared that she must refrain from taking communion—finalized the regulation designed to implement a “preventive services” mandate that was incorporated into the Obamacare law itself. Under Sebelius’s regulation–which President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been boasting about in recent speeches around the country–virtually all health insurance policies in the United States must cover sterilizations and contraceptives (including those that induce abortions) without charging any fees or co-payments.
I have nothing really to add to this except to shake my head at the poll numbers that say that Obama is leading amongst Catholics, if these are true, the Catholic church has the same problem as many of our protestant churches who have gone so far to trying to be all things to all men that they have forgotten that they have a mission:
To be shepherds of the Lord, not a coffee shop.
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