Mr. Vice President, if the church doesn’t feel threatened by Obama, then why are Catholic institutions suing the administration?
At Thursday’s debate Vice President Biden said that the Obama administration is not forcing Catholic institutions “including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital to violate church teachings or break the law. “This is a fact. This is a fact,” Biden kept saying.
The current VP’s interruptions made it tough to hear Paul Ryan note that many Catholic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, are suing the administration. But in case that wasn’t clear enough, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a strong condemnation of Biden’s false assertion today:
“This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’ That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,’ or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.”
Read the bishop’s statement here (1 page).