Catholic hospitals at odds with Bishops on contraception mandate

Huffington Post picks up David Gibson's in depth Religion News Service story that Catholic hospitals no longer object to the Obama administration's birth control mandate:

The decision by the Catholic Health Association puts the hospitals at odds with the Catholic hierarchy, which last week rejected the White House’s final regulations on an issue that many church conservatives view as evidence of the administration’s hostility to Catholicism and religious freedom.

Sister Carol Keehan, head of the CHA, disagreed. “If you look at the final regulations it is very clear that we do not have to contract for, or pay for, or arrange for” contraception coverage, Keehan said in an interview on Tuesday (July 9).

“It was really important that this be workable from a legal and theological perspective,” she added. “That’s what we believe we have achieved.

The full article looks at the controversy and why the groups may have reached different decisions.

Comments (2)

“If you look at the final regulations it is very clear that we do not have to contract for, or pay for, or arrange for” contraception coverage."

But it would be nice since every Catholic woman I know is using birth control. They are no longer listening to the church on this issue, as they are the ones who have to support their children. They have to feed them, clothe them, send them to school, etc. I don't see the church offering to help with any of that. Try getting your child into a Catholic school if you can't afford the tuition!

"Catholic hospitals at odds with Bishops"

I imagine the Ultra-Montane (aka "Popoid") view is that this is an oxymoron (i.e., to be at odds w/ RC bishops is to cease to be Catholic). The chasm between the RC hierarchy and the RC faithful---or just the employees of the former!---is truly tragic. With their lack of democracy, there's no real hope of changing that, either. I don't know what else to say, except "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You".

JC Fisher

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