Wed May 23, 2012, 06:55 PM
47of74 (6,664 posts)
Cardinal Dolan says church may stop providing services
In an appearance on Martin Bashir on MSNBC on Tuesday, Dolan said that the Church would abandon Jesus’ effort to help the sick and feed the poor in protest of the contraception mandate that only applies to insurance companies and not the Church itself.
“If these mandates kick in, we’re going to find ourselves faced with a terribly difficult decision as to whether or not we can continue to operate,” Dolan said. “As part of our religion — it’s part of our faith that we feed the hungry, that we educate the kids, that we take care of the sick. We’d have to give it up, because we’re unable to fit the description and the definition of a church given by — guess who — the federal government.”
Bashir then pointed out that the Catholic Church had taken a staggering $2.9 billion from the federal government to pay for the charitable efforts the Church provides. “They don’t seem to bristle at the hand of government when it comes to money, do they,” Bashir commented.
But it was David Corn of Mother Jones who had the best observation about Dolan’s threat. “It strikes me as just not very Christian, if I can say so, to get out there and say, ‘We will not be providing services if you force us to do these things — or if there’s a mandate,” Corn stated. ”Would Jesus take his fish and a loaf and go home?”
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Wed May 23, 2012, 08:26 PM
meow2u3 (13,896 posts)
2. It isn't part of the Catholic faith to starve the poor
in order to intimidate and force the government into scrapping the contraception mandate.
This is not only blackmail; it's an act of terrorism IMO.
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Thu May 24, 2012, 10:27 PM
CBHagman (14,025 posts)
3. Since New York state already had a contraception coverage law in place...
...Dolan's really putting on the dramatics.
Although Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has vociferously argued that a national requirement for religiously affiliated institutions to cover birth control in their insurance plans is immoral and unacceptable, some Roman Catholic organizations in his own backyard have for 10 years been grudgingly complying with a state law making them do precisely that.
Some students at St. John's University in Queens go to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives.
Some New York Catholic institutions — including the Archdiocese of New York, led by Archbishop Dolan, and the Diocese of Brooklyn — chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers.
But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.
Cardinal Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been putting on the "Oh, dear, we won't be able to help the poor" shtick about this too, but let me remind everyone that when same-sex marriage came to D.C., Catholic Charities eliminated spousal coverage, rather than, for instance, choose a more humane compromise, such as allowing an employee to designate a member of his/her household (parent, child, partner) for coverage.
That was bad enough, but the current floor show of manipulation is really nausea-inducing. I'd already confronted one priest in my parish about this, and at present I'm torn between simply leaving the church and staying around to be a thorn in the side.
It's not clear where the laity has been on this, but in the main U.S. Catholics ignore the call to practice only NFP.