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My sister-in-law is a devout Catholic and sends me links to the debate raging inside the Church. This is the latest article that discusses the not-so-great options that the Catholic Church has regarding these issues.
A Mandate to Disobey
Thomas Joseph White and R. R. Reno
The Affordable Care Act mandates that employers offer and individuals buy insurance that provides free contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization. It seems we have passed from a society that allows legal access to these drugs and services to one that insists that they must be free, subsidized by everyone’s insurance premiums. Catholics and others are no longer being asked to tolerate what we believe to be wrong; now we must participate. [read the full article]I'm not a Catholic and have, at times, been at odds with the practices of that church. But I understand the conundrum of being faced with mandates that are diametrically opposed to one's faith and principles and having... apparently... no good option to fight it.
My response to my sister-in-law was this:
Seems simple. Close all Catholic schools, universities, hospitals, and charities for one month and direct all students and patients to go to public counterparts. The strain on the public system will be overwhelming. Then Catholic officials can go public with the reason: the ACA requires Catholic organizations to violate their faith and principles. The organizations will re-open when declared exempt from those ACA requirements.
A tough and costly sacrifice for the faith. But an effective one I'll wager.If the Catholic Church is really concerned about the tenets of its faith being compromised by the ACA, then a real sacrifice in defense of that faith is appropriate. Were the Catholic Church to merely announce that it was taking these actions, there would emergency meetings in Congress and throughout the United States trying to figure out how to deal with profound public crisis.
The exemptions to the ACA would be forthcoming... immediately.