In a statement in response to the move, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who is chairman of the pro-life office of the bishops’ conference in Washington, explained that “under the new rule our institutions would be free to act in accord with Catholic teaching on life and procreation only if they were to stop hiring and serving non-Catholics.”
He asked: “Could the federal government possibly intend to pressure Catholic institutions to cease providing health care, education and charitable services to the general public? Health care reform should expand access to basic health care for all, not undermine that goal.”The search for freedom of religion propelled families to risk all to come to this country and establish colonies. In later years and to this day, Catholic churches, schools and hospitals have been instrumental in caring for the minds, bodies, and spiritual needs of Americans, regardless of their religion.
Catholic institutions have been anchors in communities, some wracked by crime, poverty and cruel indifference.
To deny their heartfelt charity is to trample on the American spirit, and make this country a prison ship of heartless big government.
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