Catholic Official: Obama Contraception Mandate ‘Unprecedented, Preposterous’By David A. Patten, Newsmax
Posted on: Monday, May 21st, 2012
The Obama administration’s definition of what constitutes a religious organization is so narrow that Mother Teresa herself would have not have qualified, a prominent Catholic official told Newsmax on Monday.
That startling perspective was offered by Chancellor Jane Belford of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Her remarks reflect the growing controversy over the administration’s effort to force religious-affiliated charitable organizations — or their insurance companies — to cover birth-control pills, morning-after abortion pills, and sterilization procedures that the Catholic church finds morally objectionable.
On Monday, the Washington Archdiocese filed one of 12 lawsuits nationwide representing the interests of 43 separate Catholic institutions.
The lawsuits claim that new Health and Human Services rules, which mandate what services must be offered in healthcare insurance policies, violate the organization’s religious-liberty rights under the First Amendment.
“Mother Teresa in her work of caring for the poor and trying to deal with misery and suffering, Mother Teresa’s work was not religious. That’s what this says, and that is now the law,” Belford told Newsmax.
Belford’s point is that Mother Teresa — who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her self-sacrificial charitable endeavors in India and other nations — served the poorest of the poor without regard to whether they were Catholic. That would disqualify her work for an exemption from the Obamacare mandates that Catholics find objectionable.
“Catholic charities do not inquire as to the faith of the people they hire,” Belford said. “And I can assure you it never inquires as to the faith of the people it serves.Follow this link to read more.