‘State Is Making Itself Into a Church’
Francis George, the Cardinal Archbishop (and native son) of Chicago, is predicting that if Obamacare is not repealed all Catholic hospitals will close in two years. This isn’t hyperbole: The administration will impose exorbitant fines on any employer whose conscience won’t allow compliance with certain mandates.
And while, today, the mandate only requires contraceptive coverage, who’s to say it won’t one day require abortion coverage? After all, many of those who favor the contraceptive mandate believe vehemently in “abortion rights.” No longer are there Constitutional shackles to prevent the government from requiring all Americans to pay for abortions; such a decision will be based on the whims of whoever is in power.
Cardinal George also pointed out the critical distinction between the “freedom of religion” guaranteed in the Constitution and the “freedom of worship” the Obama administration talks about:
“Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union,” Cardinal George said. “You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship—no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long Cold War to defeat that vision of society.”
But, as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on CNN Thursday evening, we just can’t have all kinds of exemptions for people who have moral qualms with the requirements of Obamacare, because then government-mandated health care just won’t work. As a high prelate of the Obama regime, Sebelius will determine when you may follow your conscience and when you may not. (Sebelius, incidentally, is a self-identified Catholic who has been barred for the past several years from receiving Communion).
Read about Cardinal George’s warning here (1 page/500 words).