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When I was reading the HHS Mandate Rule proposal, I noticed a pretty big problem: folks have coverage forced upon them, whether they want it or not. Later, I wrote that the Church would react to the current proposal negatively if the HHS was mandating pornography be forced upon all.
As it turns out, the inability to opt out of coverage was one of the points Timothy Cardinal Dolan made this afternoon when the USCCB released the letter he signed saying the new proposal falls short of meeting the concerns of the Church. There are a number of other reasons too. The USCCB press release was entitled, [Read more...]
Hint: It’s not the most recent attempt floated last Friday. Writing an op-ed piece in The Hill, Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, explains why the college is not impressed with the new version of the Mandate, and what a workable solution for religious liberty would look like.
As January was winding to a close, news came out that attorneys for St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, CO had cited the fact that Colorado Law didn’t recognize the unborn as persons. This caused quite a brouhaha, as many of you will recall. Today, the hospital acknowledged that this tactic was a mistake, and one that will not be repeated in the future. [Read more...]
Evening folks. Sorry I haven’t posted anything until now, but I’ve been reading the 80 pages of proposed rules regarding the HHS Mandate. I didn’t really want to, because it’s not exactly Joe Six-Packs’ idea of a “good time.” But seeings how I’ve seen all kinds of reactions to the new proposals, some positive, and some negative, I figured I’d do what the USCCB recommended and read the whole thing.
The press release from the Department of Health and Human Services is out. Revisions to the Mandate at this time apply to non-profit religious institutions and their affiliates.
Briefly, the changes make a provision for employees of these institutions to be offered separate coverage for “preventive services” from health insurance companies utilized by their employers, or via another insurance provider if the organization is self-insured.
Here is the press release from HHS, [Read more...]
Back in December, I shared thoughts that perhaps the Administration will scuttle this ridiculous rule out of embarrassment alone. I mean, the phony war on women trope worked well enough to secure reelection, but in reality, it isn’t holding up in the courts.
Most likely they won’t scuttle it, but heavily modify it instead. [Read more...]
With an H/T to my blog neighbor Joanne McPortland, here is the press release from Archbishop Gomez, wherein he removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all “administrative or public duties,” and his statement on receiving the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry. [Read more...]
To try and find answers to questions like, “What do Catholics want from the interwebs?” The Vatican Insider calls it a “holy Web alliance.” Take a look, [Read more...]