President Obama\’s ruling that Catholic schools must offer contraception, sterilization and abortificants to students is responsible for outrage among the Catholic education community.
Hundreds of Catholic college professors signed onto an open letter protesting the insurance policy as a blatant breach of religious freedom, writes Malcolm A. Kline at Accuracy in Academia.
The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty letter says:
\”The Obama administration has offered what it has styled being an \’accommodation\’ for religious institutions within the dispute over the HHS mandate for coverage (free sharing) of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.
\”The administration will require that all insurance plans cover (\’cost free\’) the products and services.
\”Once a religiously-affiliated (or believing individual) employer purchases insurance (because it must, legally), the insurance company will contact the insured employees to advise them that the terms of the policy include coverage of these objectionable things. This so-called \’accommodation\’ changes nothing of moral substance and does not remove the assault on religious liberty and the rights of conscience which gave rise towards the controversy.\”
The letter was signed by 215 academics and administrators in Catholic advanced schooling institutions. 89 from the signatories came from Notre Dame C notably including Gary Anderson, the Hesburgh professor of Theology at ND.
There\’s some apt history behind the positioning, as Kline explains:
\”The Hesburgh chair is named after the long-time president of Notre Dame, Father Theodore Hesburgh, who, within the 1960s chaired a celebration at?Land O\’ Lakes, Wisconsin where the presidents of the major Catholic universites and colleges announced their?independence?from authority, lay and clerical-a categorization that encompassed both the U. S. government and the Vatican.\”
Since then, Notre Dame has invited every U. S. president from every view on the problem C from pro-life Reagan to pro-choice Clinton.