It was inevitable that most of the Catholic Left, in any confrontation between the Church and Obama Caesar, would side with the Messiah from Chicago. A petition making the rounds indicates how quickly this process has played out.
Today the Obama administration announced an important regulation that will protect the conscience rights of religious organizations and ensure that all women have access to contraception without a co-payment. We applaud the White House for listening carefully to the concerns raised by religious leaders on an issue that has provoked heated and often misinformed debate. This ruling is a major victory for religious liberty and women’s health. President Obama has demonstrated that these core values do not have to be in conflict.
Specifically, this new regulation guarantees that no religiously affiliated institution will have to pay for services that violate its moral beliefs or even refer employees for this coverage. Instead, if a woman’s employer is an objecting university, hospital or other religious institution, her insurer will be required to offer her coverage at no cost. This is a sensible, common-ground solution.
In recent days, sound bites and divisive rhetoric have too often pitted the faith community against sound science and public health.The previous regulations caused an unnecessary conflict between the administration, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. We are encouraged that the Obama administration has developed a substantive solution that addresses the concerns of the many constituencies involved. We look forward to bringing the same level of passion displayed in this debate to other pressing moral issues that face our nation.
Sister Simone Campbell Executive Director NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Douglas W. Kmiec United States Amb. (ret) Chair, Constitutional and Human Rights Law, Pepperdine University
Terrence W. Tilley Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology Chair, Theology Department Fordham University
Rev. Paul Crowley SJ Jesuit Community Professor of Theology Santa Clara University
Nicholas P. Cafardi Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Duquesne University School of Law
Vincent J. Miller Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture University of Dayton
Kristin Heyer Associate Professor, Religious Studies Santa Clara University
Gerald J. Beyer Associate Professor of Theology Saint Joseph’s University
Stephen Schneck Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies Catholic University of America
Francis Schüssler Fiorenza Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies Harvard Divinity School Cambridge, MA
John Inglis Chair and Professor of Philosophy Cross-appointed to Religious Studies University of Dayton
Bradford E. Hinze Professor of Theology Fordham University Bronx, NY
David DeCosse Director of Campus Ethics Programs Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Santa Clara UniversitY
Todd Whitmore Associate Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame
Sr. Paulette Skiba Professor of Religious Studies Clarke University
Michael E. Lee Associate Professor of Theology Fordham University
Tobias Winright Associate Professor of Theological Ethics Saint Louis University
Richard R. Gaillardetz McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Boston College
Christopher Pramuk Assistant Professor of Theology Xavier University
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite Professor of Theology Chicago Theological Seminary
The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin Immediate Past President National Council of Churches
Lisa Sharon Harper Director of Mobilizing Sojourners
Rev. Anne Howard Executive Director The Beatitudes Society
Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
Rev. Richard Cizik President New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Dr. David Gushee Board Chair and Co-Founder New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Rev. Alexander Sharp Executive Director Protestants for the Common Good
Dr. Sharon E. Watkins General Minister and President Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston Director Disciples Justice Action Network (DJAN)
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner President Skinner Leadership Institute
Linda Bales Todd Director of Women’s Advocacy General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
Jim Winkler General Secretary General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church
To absolutely no one’s surprise I am sure,
Richard Rich’s Douglas Kmiec’s name appears third from the top. The Catholic Left, always ready, in most cases, to render everything unto Caesar if the Caesar in question has a D after his name.