Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Brevid lucidity of Philadelphia Abp Chaput on HHS mandate

Benjamin Mann, "Archbishop Chaput blasts administration's 'insulting' mandate revision" (EWTN News, February 11, 2012):
[Archbishop Caput indicated that the] Health and Human Services' mandate did not seem like a “gaffe” or “mistake.”

“The current administration prides itself on being measured and deliberate. The current HHS mandate needs to be understood as exactly that.”

“It’s impossible to see this regulation as some happenstance policy. It has been too long in the making. Despite all of its public apprehension about 'culture warriors' on the political right in the past, the current administration has created an HHS mandate that is the embodiment of culture war.”

“At its heart is a seemingly deep distrust of the formative role religious faith has on personal and social conduct, and a deep distaste for religion’s moral influence on public affairs. To say that this view is contrary to the Founders’ thinking and the record of American history would be an understatement.”

“Critics may characterize my words here as partisan or political,” the archbishop acknowledged. “But it is this administration – not Catholic ministries or institutions or bishops – that chose the timing and nature of the fight.”
[Hat tip to J.M.]

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