A recent article in American Magazine, entitled “Policy, Not Liberty” discusses the opposition of the Catholic Bishops to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The magazine is published by the Jesuits, a Catholic institution and the editors believe the bishops have overstepped their bounds and are interfering with policy. We disagree.
While we are not going to argue whether or not people have a “right” to healthcare or not, we will take issue on whether the USCCB should take a stand on religious freedom.
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Had the editors been paying attention when the read the Encyclical earlier in the same section (28 a) hey would have read this: “The State may not impose religion, yet it must guarantee religious freedom and harmony between the followers of different religions. For her part, the Church, as the social expression of Christian faith, has a proper independence and is structured on the basis of her faith as a community which the State must recognize. The two spheres are distinct, yet always interrelated.”
Even the Pope agrees that the Church must guarantee religious freedom. Religious freedom is not having the government dictate what kind of insurance coverage they must provide for their employees. To turn a phrase the left loves to use:
"Keep your hands of my religion."