Tomorrow the short-handed Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor on whether they should be forced to go through the paperwork so that their employees can get free contraception and abortifacients under Obamacare.
The government says that the Roman Catholic nuns aren’t being forced to provide contraception. Rather, they just have to declare that they are opting out so that their insurance company can provide the services for free. Since they aren’t paying for the pills and devices, argues the government, they aren’t violating their religious beliefs.
But that shows complete ignorance of Roman Catholic moral theology. For one thing, the morality of an action depends, in part, on the intention. In this case, the intention of filing the paperwork would be to let employees commit a grave sin. Also, it isn’t just sinful if an individual does something wrong. Causing someone else to sin can be even worse. [Read more…]