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Notre Dame, Jesuit colleges welcome HHS mandate ‘compromise’

Catholic World News - February 15, 2012

The University of Notre Dame and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities have issued statements welcoming the Obama administration’s “compromise” on its mandate on contraception and sterilization coverage. The former statement acknowledged “unresolved issues,” while the latter spoke of “working out the details … with the White House.”

Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, called the administration’s announcement “a welcome step toward recognizing the freedom of religious institutions to abide by the principles that define their respective missions. We applaud the willingness of the administration to work with religious organizations to find a solution acceptable to all parties.”

“There remain a number of unclear and unresolved issues, and we look forward to joining the US bishops and leaders from other religious institutions to work with the administration to resolve them,” he added.

“The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) acknowledges and appreciates the compromise that President Obama has made to accommodate religious institutions in regard to the birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act,” the AJCU said in a statement. “We commend the Obama Administration for its willingness to work with us on moving toward a solution, and we look forward to working out the details of these new regulations with the White House.”

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  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Feb. 15, 2012 10:26 PM ET USA

    ...so, I guess based on that logic Archbishop Dolan needs to be kicked out too? Everybody wants somebody else to step and crack down. I mean what gives - the problem is us! Live the faith and stop looking for Rome, or the Bishop over here, or that Priest over there or for that matter for Our Lord Himself to step in and make it right. Stop staying - we need a great Saint to fix this for us. Get your helmet on and get in the game - live your Catholic faith and band together as Catholics!

  • Posted by: TheGillerans6870 - Feb. 15, 2012 9:00 PM ET USA

    Just how bad does it have to get for Notre Dame to lose its charter as a Catholic institution?

  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Feb. 15, 2012 8:19 PM ET USA

    Ok - All OF YOU - Please go to the USCCB website. Watch & listen to Archbishop Dolan's comments. After watching, advise how Father Jenkin's written comments are any different. Look, I agree on the need for reform, return to the Faith (especially at our premier Catholic Universities), and not trusting this President. On this specific item, your reactions seem misplaced wrt Fr. Jenkins comment. What would you have them do differently? You know what we all ahve to do - live your faith!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 15, 2012 7:43 PM ET USA

    The term "useful idiots" is the most charitable one I can think of here. The only alternative is "fellow traveler."

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 15, 2012 12:17 PM ET USA

    And this is "higher education?" It must be that their reading or comprehension capabilities are lacking. It also possibly explains why there's no mandatum at these schools - they probably don't understand what the question is, let alone what it means.

  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - Feb. 15, 2012 10:21 AM ET USA

    To Mirabilis: Not only can they, they ARE stupid. "Higher" Catholic education (with a few exceptions), has totally disappeared since the Land of Lakes fiasco. Not surprising is the direct relationship between LOL and the HHS mandate: Humanae Vitae.

  • Posted by: sparch - Feb. 15, 2012 10:04 AM ET USA

    If we view our religious involvement in the culture as the Jesuits and Notre Dame do, especially with the healthcare mandate, we will find that we will have no religious freedoms existing in our culture. The state secularism will be the official religion and all others will be outlawed. Freedom of religion will be wiped away from our laws. These groups do not undrstand the peril they are willing to put all of us in. What other basic freedoms will stand after one is dispensed with.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Feb. 15, 2012 9:37 AM ET USA

    Why would we care what the Jesuit College Presidents think. We should be concerned, first, with galvanizing opposition amongst Catholics. We can then be concerned with bringing non-Catholic Christians, like the Jesuits, on board.

  • Posted by: Mirabilis - Feb. 15, 2012 9:21 AM ET USA

    Unbelievable. Can they really be that gullible?

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