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Coffeehouse to Discuss HHS Mandate & Conscience Formation:
There has been a great deal of discussion about conscience in the Catholic Church over these past few months, especially following the announcement of the Health and Human Services’ “contraceptive mandate.” We hear questions like:
• What does conscience have to do with insurance?
• How does being Catholic make a difference?
• What does this have to do with me as a college student?
On this coming Monday, April 2, from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Geddes Hall Coffeehouse, there will be a coffeehouse discussion on questions like these. The discussion will be led by ND theology professor David Clairmont and is being cosponsored by a coalition of campus organizations (including Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Concerns, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Gender Relations Center, the Institute for Church Life, and the University Life Initiatives office.) We need to hear your voice in this important conversation, so please join us at 7:00 on Monday!
Check out the Facebook page event
For Immediate Release – February 10, 2012
ND Expert: Obama administration “comprise accommodation” inadequate
President Obama’s proposed adjustments to the new Health & Human Services rule requiring Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, to provide health care plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs continue to violate religious liberty, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.
“Today’s ‘compromise accommodation’ is nothing of the sort,” Snead said.
“The original uproar across the ideological spectrum was in reaction to the administration’s requirement that virtually all religious employers cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization in violation of their strongly held beliefs.
“Today’s rule still requires religious institutions (on pain of ruinous treasury fines) to purchase insurance that covers these same objectionable services. It is irrelevant that the rule requires the insurance company (rather than the religious institution) to explain to employees that the policy purchased for them by their employer includes the 5-day after pill. For institutions that self-insure, the situation is even worse; they will be forced to contact their employees and pay for such services themselves.
“It is no answer to suggest that the religious liberty of such employers is being accommodated because they are not “paying” for the objectionable services. First, it is naïve to imagine that the services are truly cost-free and that these costs will not be passed along to the employers who purchase these plans. More importantly, the simple fact is that under this policy the government is coercing religious institutions to purchase a product that includes services that they regard as gravely immoral.
“We should ask ourselves why President Obama has sustained the narrow exemption for churches, religious orders, and auxiliaries? This is tantamount to the admission that this policy, just like the previous one, runs afoul of religious liberty.”
O. Carter Snead
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Last night, the Catholic Information Center (Washington, D.C.) hosted a discussion panel featuring Catholic leaders discussing the recent HHS Mandate. Speakers are:
Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director, USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat
James Capretta, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Kyle Duncan, Senior Counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
The panel began with brief comments from each speaker, followed by Q&A-style conversation with the audience. The entire conversation is 1:21 in length; however the video is broken into segments for easy viewing.
We hope that you enjoy this tele-cast and gain some very valuable information from the “front line.”
In a recent post we brought news to you of the recently announced HHS Mandate concerning conscience protection and healthcare reform. Everyone has something to say about it, where do you stand?
The above are but a raw sampling of the myriad of statements, announcements, articles, editorials, and the like that have flooded the reading market in the last week and a half.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, was among some 350 Notre Dame students, faculty and staff who traveled to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 23 to take part in the March for Life.
“Notre Dame assuredly has one of the largest contingents here from any college or university in the country,” according to Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history and president of Notre Dame’s chapter of University Faculty for Life. “… we are making clear Notre Dame’s commitment to defend human life at every stage and forcefully stating Notre Dame’s unambiguous position on the great civil rights issue of our time.”
Read student reflections on the March for Life.
See the following links for more news on this breaking story:
“Catholic Culture” Reports
Did you miss the lecture? Don’t worry, we caught on video for you! If the below frame doesn’t let you watch this wonderful lecture you can see it on our YouTube Channel Modern Questions, Ancient Answers? .
According to the United Nations, the world community saw the birth of its seven billionth member this month. While some may hesitate to see this birth as nothing more than fearful evidence of the myth of overpopulation, we are happy to join the celebrations that welcome this child to its earthly home! As one new mother in Nigeria said, “Where there is life, there is hope.”
With every new life there is joy, as well as the reminder that this new child is born into a community where interdependent rights and responsibilities are crucial for the thriving of each of its members. May we never forget that we are “our brother’s keeper”, but may we always see this as a priviledge not a burden!