To be exempt from federal oversight, according to the decision, the school has to meet five standards — higher expectations than those set by America’s Catholic bishops or the Vatican. In fact, no Catholic college in the Chicago area meets all five benchmarks.This is all of a piece with the Obama administration's persecution of religious institutions under ObamaCare HHS rules:
St. Xavier has appealed the ruling, saying the agency’s attempt to define a Catholic college or university violates the separation of church and state.
“They’re using a test that not even the bishops use to determine whether or not we are Catholic — and they are finding us wanting under their own test,” said St. Xavier President Christine Wiseman. “Well, who are they to determine our Catholic identity?”
The USCCB attorneys also took issue with the religious exemption proposed by HHS, saying it “represents an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government into the precincts of religion that, if unchecked here, will support ever more expansive and corrosive intrusions in the future.” HHS has proposed that only religious employers meeting four criteria would be exempt from providing contraceptives and female sterilization through their health plans. Those requirements are that the organization “(1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a nonprofit organization” under specific sections of the Internal Revenue Code. “Under such inexplicably narrow criteria – criteria bearing no reasonable relation to any legitimate (let alone compelling) government purpose – even the ministry of Jesus and the early Christian church would not qualify as ‘religious,’ because they did not confine their ministry to their co-religionists or engage only in a preaching ministry,” the USCCB comments said.Yes. Even Jesus wouldn't pass muster under the Obama administration. They direct their worship elsewhere...near sacrilegious(HT Nice Deb)
---thanks for the recommended read, Pundit & Pundette