Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic dioceses will close hospitals if HHS mandate survives, columnist warns

Catholic World News - September 19, 2012

In his regular weekly syndicated column, George Weigel predicts that if the contraceptive mandate survives judicial and political challenges, Catholic bishops will reluctantly close down institutions such as schools and hospitals rather than comply with the mandate. The conflict is a critical consideration in this election year, Weigel argues:

Rather than truckle to such coercion, Catholic bishops across the country have made clear that they will, if necessary, close the Catholic medical facilities for which they are responsible--a drastic action that would seriously imperil health services to the poor. But it doesn’t have to come to that.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,221 to go):
$150,000.00 $123,778.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: filioque - Sep. 22, 2012 12:34 AM ET USA

    I completely agree that shutting down our institutions is exactly what Obama & Co. want us to do. We should defy the tyranny and stay open. But we have a very real problem in providing health care for our employees because no insurance company will be offering policies that don't comply with the mandate. We can't just tell them to get their own insurance because that would force them individually into the material cooperation we are refusing for our institutions. We are in a devilish dilemma.

  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Sep. 20, 2012 8:02 PM ET USA

    I agree, JohnC: closing our doors plays into their hands. The bishops are our shepherds. Shouldn't they be fighting off the wolves, rather than giving up and leaving? I'd rather see the bishops leading in civil disobedience. Specifically: refusing to be coerced and also refusing to pay the fines for not being coerced. Then, let the gov't send in their foot soldiers to break down the doors of our hospitals and schools, if they dare. That would make great video... and a very strong statement.

  • Posted by: impossible - Sep. 20, 2012 6:51 PM ET USA

    Pope Benedict XVI said on January 19, 2012: “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres.”

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Sep. 20, 2012 2:05 PM ET USA

    Closing hospitals is just what the Obama government wants us to do which is why we should not do it. What is needed is civil disobedience, for us to keep our hospitals open and flat out refuse to comply. If we simply close them we are just allowing ourselves to be bullied right out of existence which is exactly what Obama wants. If we don't comply Obama will be forced to either allow us to exist or shut us down by force--both very hard decisions for a man who hates us yet wants good PR.

  • Posted by: John Chrysostom - Sep. 19, 2012 9:02 PM ET USA

    The end goal of liberals is to get Christians and other peoples of faith to remove both themselves and their witness of their faith from the public square. Getting Catholics to close their own hospitals is one step. Remember how in Massachusetts the Catholic Church willingly bowed out of adoption services rather than fight an unjust law?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 19 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 21 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17