Front and center contesting our government’s recent Health and Human Services Mandate stands the Catholic Church, not on political grounds but on higher moral principles that contraception and abortion are abhorrent to God and humanity. The mandate requires that all for-profit employers provide contraception, abortion and sterilization services in their employee health insurance policies with no exceptions. Catholic employers, their businesses and other for profit organizations are not excused from the mandate while the government considers an “accommodation” for Catholic and other churches opposed to the unjust mandate.
Acceding to any accommodation which does not include all Catholics, lay men and women, business people, medical practitioners, teachers, truckers and ordinary church goers would gravely weaken the unity of the Church. We are in Christ “one Body, one Church, one Lord.” The exercise of our faith and religion does not depend on the Church’s cooperation with the state. Our faith ultimately resides in our hearts, minds and willingness to practice our faith and oppose cooperation with evil whatever the cost. From the beginning, the Church grew during persecution and continues to grow under duress in other parts of the world.