Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It Begins

It looks like a small Catholic university is dropping health care insurance for its students beginning with the fall term. Franciscan University told its faculty and students:
“The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” the university says in a new post on its website. “Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”
In another story, Cardinal Donald Wuerl blasted the president of Georgetown University for allowing DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at commencement.
DeGioia “does not address the real issue for concern — the selection of a featured speaker whose actions as a public official present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history,” reads the statement from the archdiocese, which covers the District and suburban Maryland. … “Contrary to what is indicated in the Georgetown University President’s statement, the fundamental issue with the HHS mandate is not about contraception,” the archdiocese’s statement read.
It's begun.  The Catholic Church is not at all pleased at what it sees as a fundamental challenge to religious liberty.

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