The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning that closely held corporations with religious objections to the “contraception mandate” in President Obama’s health-care law cannot be forced to offer birth control coverage. The answer to our prayers!
Here are a few articles with additional details:
Major kudos to Hobby Lobby for pressing this issue to the Supreme Court!
The courage and persistence demonstrated by Hobby Lobby stands in sharp contrast to the tenacity Cardinal O’Malley has voiced publicly on this same issue. In May of this year, he was quoted as saying the contraception mandate “violated God’s law”, yet when pressed whether Americans should obey it, he hedged, back-pedaled and said it’s up to each person’s conscience. Using language that sounded straight from the mouth of Fr. Bryan Hehir, here is what he said:
CNSNews.com asked: “As an unjust law, should Americans obey it?”
Cardinal O’Malley said: “This is a very complicated issue and it’s something that the church is struggling with right now, and trying to come up with a moral analysis in order to be able to allow people to form their consciences and to go forward.”
He also said the question of whether Catholic politicians could vote for a bill that funded implementation of the regulation was “complicated.”
CNSNews.com asked: “If Congress brings up a government-funding bill that funds implementation of the HHS regulation, and permits the administration to force people to buy coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, can a Catholic member of Congress vote for that bill?”
The cardinal said: “Well, Catholics must always take into account their own faith and their conscience. What we’re asking people to do is to look at the whole consequences of these. It’s a complicated issue because the Church does want people to have health insurance.
This quote is yet another example of Cardinal O’Malley, the pro-life hypocrite. in 2011, he preached to his fellow bishops during their ad liminia visit to Rome about the need for them to have courage:
Peter’s love for the Lord brought him to Rome, the cardinal said, but — according to legend — as persecution grew Peter decided to flee again. Leaving the city, he saw the risen Lord and asked him, “Quo vadis?” (“Where are you going?”), and Jesus replied he was going to Rome to be crucified again. Peter renewed his faith and returned to the city where he met a martyr’s death.
“Each of us has gone through a ‘quo vadis’ moment or two in our vocation as bishops,” the cardinal said. “Hopefully, our being together at the tomb of Peter and close to Benedict will renew us in our generosity, courage and faith in following Jesus up close so that we can say with all our hearts what Peter said, ‘Lord you know all things. You know that I love you.’”