Obama Plays Catch-22 with Religious Groups
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, rightly observes a “Catch-22” in the Obama administration’s decision to mandate that all health care plans offer free contraceptive and sterilization services to women.
Donohue points out that the exception made for religious institutions, such as Catholic hospitals, is a sham. That exception applies only to religious institutions “that primarily employs, and serves, persons who share its religious tenets.”
In other words, the Catholic hospitals of this country, which have served those need regardless of race, creed, or color, no longer qualify as “religious” employers precisely because of their charity. Remember the old saw, no good deed goes unpunished?
But Donohue’s concern for the Catch-22 lies elsewhere, beyond this absurdity. He writes,
“Consider that three years ago, then presidential candidate Barack Obama said he opposes allowing faith-based programs to hire only their own people. Since becoming president, he has authorized his administration to consider this issue on a case-by-case basis, and just recently many of his allies lobbied him to gut the religious liberty provision in hiring altogether.”
So, on the one hand, Obama punishes religious institutions if they serve those who don’t share its creed, while on the other hand punishes them if they don’t hire those of another creed. Donohue is right — that’s a Catch-22 that would make even Joseph Heller (the author of the 1961 novel Catch-22) proud!
This latest attempt to ram the pro-abortion feminist agenda down the throats of religious institutions is just another example of why those Catholics who voted for Obama in 2008 are having second, and third, thoughts.
The bishops position has been voiced by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities. His Eminence wrote in a July 22 letter:
“Those who sponsor, purchase and issue health plans should not be forced to violate their deeply held moral and religious convictions in order to take part in the health care system or provide for the needs of their families or their employees.”
We at Catholic Advocate applaud Cardinal DiNardo, Bill Donohue, and other Catholic leaders who are defending the Church against these attacks on religious liberty by the Obama administration.
For the complete press release from the Catholic League go here.