• jake

    So a catholic charity that receives public funds, taxpayer dollars, demands that it’s moral high ground be respected such that the agency need not pay for birth control. But, when a charity expresses it’s moral stance on an issue, the diocese withdraws support. Is this an attempt at ‘get-back’ or is this just ironic duplicity?

  • Julie

    I appreciate NPQ’s rather straightforward reporting on this. However, I think the sentiments expressed in the quotes at the end are misguided.

    As a Catholic who supports a variety of non-profits, I appreciate the Diocese’s attentiveness to these concerns. It is true that marriage and life issues are core for practicing Catholics -Catholics whose beliefs and rights as individuals and service organizations are most definitely not being respected in the USA today.

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  • Julie

    Cont… I think it’s important for everyone to remember that it is not fear or hate that motivate the basis of our teaching and activities, but the honest belief based on experience, argument, philosophy, natural law, sociology, psychology, etc. that these teachings elucidated by the Church lead to the ultimate in human freedom, happiness, and peace. The motivation is for good! We want to help individuals regardless of who they are, and we believe some things -like abortion, contraception, homosexual activity- isn’t truly respectful of the human person. We believe, and upon the firmer ground, that these things are not actually helpful to people in the long run. So naturally, we don’t want to pay for them. Would you want to?

  • Julie

    The question is, then, can one reasonably believe that the beliefs of an ED (publicly and repeatedly advocated) will affect operation directions? I think it would be unreasonable to assume that an organization like this wouldn’t be involved with promoting if not granting direct resources to services like abortion, contraception, etc. as led by the directives of an ED with this ideology.

    The idea that we are one person in private and someone else in public -we are our beliefs and lets face it even more so as non-profit workers- as the title of this piece seems to suggest, is unreasonable and frankly, mentally unhealthy.

  • Julie

    Cont. Catholics have a myriad of other choices to continue to support food and shelter, job and education resource centers. Catholic Charities, Dorothy Day Centers, Religious Institutes and Communities, Parish Outreaches, Catholic Relief Services, The Pontifical Mission Society… There’s just no reason to not direct the funds to these places.

    The restriction length for comments is very small. 🙁 Let’s get over the soundbite and allow each other to post thoughts of substance.

  • Julie

    On the other hand, they’re just being consistent by saying, “We’re not going to pay for contraceptives and abortion here, there, or anywhere.” And, to their credit, they’re providing the services they provide to anyone, not just those who agree with them on matters of religion, etc. They’re just saying there is not a ‘right’ to provide services with which they don’t agree.

  • ruth McCambridge

    Point well made Julie. We have gotten similar feedback from others and will try to make the change as soon as possible

  • jake

    Julie –
    The beliefs and motivations of the church are not what is in question. The problem is that the church wants the federal government to behave according to its doctrine. Unfortunately, the federal government is mandated to abide by the law created by the voters. So, by your same logic, if the law says women have the right to choose contraception, than anyone funded by the government must provide for this option. It is no different than what you are saying below about the church. If the church doesn’t like an opinion of a program than it doesn’t need to fund that program. The church is trying to have it both ways. You must fund me within my beliefs, but I won’t fund you because of my beliefs does not work. Catholicism is not in question.