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An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Hawaii Compromise Is No Compromise

There are rumors that Obama may bring out a compromise to the HHS mandate. Rather than force Catholic and other religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for conscience-violating services , they would only be forced to direct their employees to where the services could be obtained in a "expeditious manner," such as Planned Parenthood, largest abortion provider in the world.
This apparently is a statewide compromise in Hawaii. Dr. Richard Doerflinger of the USCCB explains it here.
   This would be akin to the government forcing the NAACP, (which protects the rights of African Americans) to direct their employees to the services of the KKK (which seeks to remove the rights of African Americans)

Richard Doerflinger said:

"Like the federal rule, he said, the Hawaii bill “covers all FDA-approved ‘contraceptives’ (including drugs that can cause an abortion); and the religious exemption is very narrow (though it does not include the requirement that the religious organization serve only people of its own faith to be eligible).
“It adds an extra feature — the requirement that any religious organization that is exempt must still tell all enrollees how they may directly access contraceptive services and supplies in an expeditious manner.”
In other words, the Catholic Church must directly send women to drugs and devices that are morally wrong and can do harm to them.
Doerflinger also raised an additional concern about the federal rule that has received little attention: Catholic institutions will be required to make referrals for services the Church deems morally illicit."


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