We are about to enter a “Man For All Seasons” moment.
The 60s movie was about St. Thomas More. He had been a friend of England’s Henry VIII until Henry decided he wanted to divorce his wife to marry Anne Boleyn. More decided he could not bend wrong and turn it into right. He was beheaded.
Now a similar problem is facing the Church. Will they conform to Obamacare or will they shut down Catholic hospitals and schools?
Obama had given them some grace period because it was election time. Now that he’s won he is reasserting his pro abortion, pro Planned Parenthood beliefs.
The Department of Health and Human Services today released the final text of the final adjustments to the Obamacare regulation that requires virtually all health-care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
Catholics and Evangelical Christians have objected to the regulation, arguing that it violates their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, contraception and abortion are all intrinsically immoral. Evangelical Christians believe that abortion takes an innocent human life and is thus wrong.
The final regulation issued today provides no accommodations at all for individual Catholics and other Christians who morally object to the mandate. It also makes no accommodations for private for-profit employers who morally object to the mandate. Catholic and other Christian individuals in the United States will now be forced by the Obama administration to get coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion–whether they want it or not.
The Obama administration’s mandate says: They have no choice.
The Church must stand firm on this. Obama has no right to impose this on any religion. What will they do?