Posts Tagged ‘Catholic teachings’

Group of 200 Catholic employers sues to block HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In one of the largest collective lawsuits against the federal HHS mandate, the Catholic Benefit Association representing more than 200 Catholic employers and more than 19,000 employees nationwide, has filed one the on the grounds that the measure compels the violation of Catholic teachings.

The association’s employers are “united and committed in their defense of their first amendment right to give witness to their Catholic faith through their ministries and businesses by providing life-affirming employee health care coverage that is consistent with Catholic teaching,” the Archdiocese of Baltimore said March 12.

The benefit association’s employers include Catholic dioceses, around 1,000 parishes, non-profits and Catholic-owned for-profit businesses. Its membership is open to Catholic religious congregations, Catholic medical facilities, and Catholic universities.

The association formed the Catholic Insurance Company to allow Catholic employers to exercise their faith in what health care coverage they provide to their employees. The association also arranges health provider networks to help Catholic employers provide comprehensive health care that is consistent with Catholic ethics.

The March 12 lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, asks that the court protect the association’s member employers by allowing them to opt out of the mandated coverage.

Baltimore Archbishop William L. Lori, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City have also joined the lawsuit.

“We as Catholics – regardless of the corporate structure within which we work – cannot in good conscience provide employees with insurance that covers contraception, abortifacients and sterilization, which undermine the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life and also jeopardize the physical and mental health of those who use them in untold ways,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City said.

“It is my prayer that the courts will recognize that the federal government has no clear and compelling public interest that justifies burdening our free exercise of religion by requiring us to pay for conscience-violating drugs and procedures.”
 
The mandate, implemented through 2010 health care legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, requires employers to provide employees free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortions. Catholic teaching rejects the drugs and procedures as immoral and rejects cooperation in their provision.

Other plaintiffs to the lawsuit include the Catholic Insurance Company, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s All Saints’ Catholic School, The Cathedral Foundation in Baltimore, Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center in Kansas City, Kan. and Good Will Publishers in North Carolina.

Before Monday, there were 93 lawsuits challenging mandate. These lawsuits represent over 300 Catholic and non-Catholic plaintiffs with objections to providing the coverage.

More information about the Catholic Benefits Association is available at the website http://www.lifeaffirmingcare.com.

Principal – Sacred Heart of Jesus High School (Jackson, TN)

PRINCIPAL Education: Middle/High School, FT EmployeeSacred Heart of Jesus High School (Jackson, TN)A successful candidate will be: Spiritual Leadership: a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church, knowledge of true Catholic teachings…

Cardinal bars dissident priest from speaking on Archdiocesan property

Boston, Mass., Jun 27, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic te…

Pro-life priests demand Pelosi ‘have the honesty’ to renounce Catholic faith, or become pro-life

by John Jalsevac WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of pro-life priests has written to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, demanding that she either follow the Catholic teachings on abortion, or “have the honesty” to “formally renounce” her Catholic faith. …

Controlling the Catholic “Brand”

I was among three finalist for a staff position at a Catholic university a few years back.  This position was at the director level so I was being interviewed only by people that were at the Vice President level, Dean level, or above.  To my surprise, and disgust, I was interviewed by a Lutheran, and […]

Steak or Chicken? Fish Not on the Menu

Since Romney announced his pick of Catholic congressman Paul Ryan for his running mate, the blogosphere has been abuzz with commentary.  Most of the commentary has been positive.  Let’s face it, Romney could have done much worse in his pick from a Catholic perspective.  There were plenty of names thrown around that were wishy washy […]

Catholic Relief Services responds to criticism over HIV document, employees

Baltimore, Md., Sep 6, 2012 / 10:01 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its “inappropriate information” about condoms and their use.

“Despite the mistakes, at no point…

Wikatechesis™ – Catholic Teachings on Contraception

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Background The Catholic Church has been opposed to contraception for as far back as one can historically trace.[3][4] Many early Catholic Church Fathers made statements condemning the use of contraception including John Chrysostom, Jerome, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus of Rome, Augustine of Hippo and various others.[5][6][7] Among the condemnations is […]