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Obama may run Little Sisters of the Poor out of business in the US December 20, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, religious, secularism, sickness, Society.
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Well, it’s not really a business, but you know what I mean.  And while the Little Sisters of the Poor may not be one of the more orthodox female religious orders, they are orthodox enough to know that they cannot and will not provide contraception to their chaste, celibate members!, nor can they afford to pay the fines.  So, there choice is either to radically change how they serve people, by only aiding Catholics, or being run out of business:

A religious order of nuns is concerned about its future presence in the  United States because of Obamacare’s impact on its charitable operations. The  Little Sisters of the Poor told The Daily Caller that it may not qualify for a  long-term exemption from Obamacare’s healthcare mandate. The law requires the  order to provide government-approved health insurance to its 300 sisters who  tend to the elderly in 30 U.S. cities.

The exception is needed, said Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the  Little Sisters’ communications director, because Catholic teaching opposes  contraception and medical  treatments  that cause sterility or can cause abortions.

President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul law requires employers to  include those services in qualifying health care plans they provide for their  employees. Failure to comply will bring hefty fines — even for religious orders  whose members have taken vows of poverty.

“[I]t could be a serious threat to our mission in the U.S.,” Constance  told TheDC, “because we would never be able to afford to pay the fines involved.  We have difficulty making ends meet just on a regular basis; we have no extra funding  that would cover these fines.”

The crux of the matter is a religious exemption that the federal government  is expected to make available to Catholic churches, but not to other Catholic  institutions.

That’s because unlike Catholic parishes and dioceses, the church’s many  affiliated schools, charities, religious orders and hospitals  don’t discriminate in their hiring or service, often employing staff — and  serving people in need — who come from other Christian denominations or from  other faiths entirely.

“We are not exempt from the [Obamacare] mandate because we neither serve nor  employ a predominantly Catholic population,” Constance added. ”We hire  employees and serve/house the elderly regardless of race and religion, so that  makes us ineligible for the exemption being granted churches.”

Those employees, she said, number in the thousands.

……The Little Sisters of the Poor take care of elderly patients in 31 countries,  but on Dec. 16 a representative told the congregation of Saint Raymond of  Peñafort Church in Springfield, Va., that her order could conceivably be forced  to pull out of the United States if paying fines and penalties is the only  alternative to compromising on the doctrines of their religion……

Well, good for them for being faithful to what the Church believes regarding contraception, sterilization, etc.  Unfortunately, many female religious orders are almost giddy about Obamacare AND the HHS mandate.  But I suspect if there is no compromise reached – and I see no reason to suspect that there will be, given Obama’s hatred for the Church and demand that all acquiesce to his socialist health insurance scheme – we could see many religious orders that serve the poor and infirm in various ways run out of the country, or forced to radically reduce their service.  Which would create much more demand for government services, expanding the government further – it’s win-win all the way around for Obama!

The only way I see this diabolical mandate being undone is if the bishops can find the wherewithal to take a really strong stand against the evil of contraception as such, and absolutely and vocally refuse to comply in any way – no contraception, no paying of fines, nothing.  And let Obama deal with the PR of arresting dozens of Catholic bishops.  But who am I kidding!  The likelihood of that happening is about 1 in a million.

But who knows, the Holy Spirit has worked far greater transformations.

Or, who knows, maybe the courts will come in and save the day. I think that is the prime means the USCCB is counting on to get out of this situation.

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