Here’s one call to arms to which I’d like to put a foot.
Dolan, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told reporters after the speech that they are in discussion with legal experts and constitutional scholars to determine whether legal action is necessary.
How about instead they talk to insurance and medical experts too, and look into offering an alternate plan for medical care for those who would like to sign on for a comprehensive plan that doesn’t include the things we don’t like?
What Archbishop Dolan and all the others have missed here is what happens if they are unsatisfied with the eventual ruling on pennying in for contraception. I’m hearing threats all the way from himself to parish business managers that they may not be able to offer medical insurance. If my employers cut me off, as far as I can figure, I’m on my own to buy into a plan. And if I do that, will I likely be able to walk into a medical insurance office and say, “No abortions, sterilizations, or contraceptions, please. For anybody.” Not bloody likely. And if I buy into a plan that covers that, am I in violation of a morality clause in my contract? If somebody upstairs (but not all the way up) decides they don’t like me, they can just engage that clause.
Or maybe good Catholics are on our own when it comes to medical expenses. Sounds like a great GOP blow-up-the-culture tactic. I say no thanks to that.
So I’d like to publicly challenge my public bishops on this one. What are you going to do about the real issue here? Are you going to do the moral thing and provide for the employees who work and sacrifice to help further your ministry?