In my year of blogging, I have almost never touched a "hot-potato," as I have intentionally sought to find common ground and not veer off into controversy. However, the following is of such vital concern that I cannot afford not to address it. I urge us all to truly get on our knees and pray about this.
As Catholics, we support the initiative for greater health care for the poor and marginalized However, it seems the current administration is attempting to severely infringe upon the conscience rights of Catholic institutions, by requiring them to cover sterilizations, abortifacients, and other actions that are not congruent with Catholic teaching. This would force Catholic institutions of all kinds into a Catch-22 that would force them to violate their conscience. The following article http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/09/4015 explains more.
As many of you may recall, President Obama spoke at the 2009 Notre Dame Commencement. Without getting embroiled in the controversy surrounding that past event, I would like to draw your attention to Fr. Jenkins, President of Notre Dame, as he addresses this present concern. You can read the letter here:
Welcome! My name is John Roselle, SJ, and I took lifelong ("perpetual") vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Jesuit on August 13th, 2011 after a two-year novitiate. I am now a Jesuit Scholastic for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. I will study philosophy and theology for the next three years at Loyola University in Chicago. At the same time, I will do part-time ministry in some capacity with the poor. After that, I will likely teach for three years before finishing three more years of theology. Then, God willing, I will be ordained a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest! It's a long road, but a blessed, fun, and enriching one. This blog exists as a resource for friends, family, and others who are interested in my progress through the Jesuit process of formation. Every day is its own adventure, and I am happy to have you along with me to share in this. This blog contains my own personal thoughts and should not be taken to speak for the entire Society of Jesus. Feel free to contact me. God bless you!