The Belmont-Abbey case and the threat to Catholic consciences
August 14, 2009
Patrick J. Reilly, the president of the Cardinal Newman Society, calls attention to the sex-discrimination complaint that was lodged against Belmont Abbey College when the Catholic school refused to include contraceptive coverage in its staff health-care benefits. Reilly ties the case to the larger questions of health-care reform and religious freedom:
Increasingly it is clear to Catholics and other religious groups that without very clear exemptions for religious employers—and conscience protections for individual doctors, nurses, pharmacists—federal health-care laws and guidelines could severely restrict religious freedom in the U.S.