Clarifying a section of Obamacare would negatively impact Catholic health care, the Prelates say.
Catholic health ministries serve everyone, regardless of race, gender, belief system, or any other characteristic.
So say four leading bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States. The four, who chair the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) committees on religious liberty, pro-life activities and other concerns, felt it was important to remind people of this reality, lest anyone think their opposition to a Biden administration means they are discriminatory.
“The same excellent care will be provided in a Catholic hospital to all patients, including patients who identify as transgender, whether for a broken bone or for cancer,” the bishops said Wednesday, “but we cannot do what our faith forbids us. We oppose harmful procedures, not patients.
HHS takes steps to clarify Obamacare provisions
What prompted them to issue such a statement was the decision this week by the US Department of Health and Human Services to clarify a section of “Obamacare,” the Affordable Care Act of 2010, in order to ensure that all doctors and institutions are willing and able to provide things like transgender surgeries, abortions and assisted suicide.
“Unfortunately, the regulations proposed on Monday threaten our ability to carry out our healing ministries, and the ability of others to practice medicine. They require healthcare workers to perform life-changing surgeries to remove body parts perfectly healthy,” reads the statement, signed by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York (pictured above) and three other archbishops. “Assurances that HHS will abide by religious freedom laws offer little comfort when HHS actively fighting court rulings that said HHS violated religious freedom laws the last time it attempted to impose such a mandate is a violation of religious freedom and bad medicine.
The bishops said the proposed settlements “announce that HHS is also considering forcing health care workers to perform abortions against their will or lose their jobs. We call on HHS to explicitly disavow any such intent. »
Catholic doctors oppose it
Earlier this week, the 2,400-member Catholic Medical Association called the proposed rule “coercive” and a “clear violation of First Amendment protections.”
In addition to Cardinal Dolan, who is chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, Wednesday’s statement was signed by Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee, Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.