Catholic Leaders Upset With New Obamacare Mandate That Forces Religious Groups to Violate Church Tenets

We tried to warn you, Sister Carol.

Sister Carol Keehan, in opposition to the United States bishops, was a key supporter of the abortion-expanding Obamacare bill – so much so that she was given one of the 21 ceremonial pens President Obama used to sign the measure into law. (NC Register)

Catholic leaders are outraged that new Obamacare regulations that force faith groups to violate church tenets and pay for employees’ birth control. The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption.
NewsOK reported:

The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups, particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations may force them to pay for employees’ birth control, a violation of church tenets.

Proposed religious exemptions to the new regulations, unveiled Aug. 1 by the Department of Health and Human Services, are considered so narrow that even Catholic officials considered friendly to President Barack Obama argue that they should be changed.

“I call this the parish housekeeper exemption — that’s about all it covers,” Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, a 600-member umbrella group for Catholic hospitals, told The Associated Press.

In 2009, Keehan gave last-minute support that helped secure passage of Obama’s health care reform law, a decision that signaled a split with Catholic bishops, who opposed the law because they argued it funded abortions.

But Keehan and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are united on this issue.

“Health and Human Services must think Catholics and other religious groups are fools,” Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokesman for the U.S. hierarchy, wrote in a blog post.

As Walsh and others point out, the proposed exemption would only apply to a nonprofit employer that has “the inculcation of religious values as its purpose,” that primarily employs fellow believers and that primarily serves people “who share its religious tenets.”

The exemption would not cover Catholic hospitals, which provide care to one in six Americans seeking medical treatment every year — whether they are Catholic or not — and employ people of all beliefs.

Under the new health care law, insurance companies will be required to cover birth control without the co-pays that most women currently fork over on a monthly basis.
From the Office of the Federal Register website:

Consistent with most States that have such exemptions, as described below, the amended regulations specify that, for purposes of this policy, a religious employer is one that: (1) has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a non-profit organization under section 6033(a)(1) and section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) or (iii) of the Code. Section 6033(a)(3)(A)(i) and (iii) refer to churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches, as well as to the exclusively religious activities of any religious order.

Planned Parenthood, which stands to gain from broader contraception coverage, said the religious exemption as proposed is too generous.

St. Gianna Physician’s Guild today launched an online petition ( requesting the Obama Administration and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to immediately withdraw all references to contraception and contraception counseling from the “Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services” under The Affordable Care Act, and to provide a conscience clause to protect the religious freedom and beliefs of Catholics.

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  • John

    Well, well Sister. Don’t you remember that we needed to pass it so we could find out what was in it?

  • Militant Conservative

    Bend over sister, your getting sumthin you ain’t

    Never had. LOL

    Powder is dry

  • Sam Stone

    For all those who said ObamaCare was a health insurance TAKEOVER and were called names and worse, these stories confirm you were right! AGAIN!

    Form forcing all insurers to cover a range of female related issues for FREE to the insured, to this and to all the over coverages that will soon be mandated, it is indeed a TAKE OVER of our health care system by the government.

    We were right again.

  • dunce

    Remember when obama made the statement about all the people objecting to his “change” that “they ought to be thanking me”. Much like a rapist expecting gratitude from his victim.

  • Warthog

    Silly Catholics

    I’m, reminded of that classic scene in Animal House where Otter says to Flounder, “You f***ed up … you trusted us!”

  • mg4us

    There is a clear and purposeful goal to discredit Christians and especially Catholics. . . not just with this Obamacare, but little to no news coverage by MSM of the over 1.6 Million Catholic youth that went to Madrid Spain to join the Pope in World Youth Day ceremonies. . .many were US students on the pilgrimage. Yet they always have time to Cover Muslims going to Mecca. . . or Ramadan.

    And if there was a blip of coverage, it was about the riots that leftists, hardcore gays and marxists had in confronting these Pilgrims.

    The media does NOT want to draw attention to the fact that Pilgrims and other Christian faith observers ARE the MAJORITY. . . the silent Majority that they twist and use for their leftist’s elitists ideologies.

    Repeal Obamacare. . . and vote Obama and the RATs (DemocRATs) out!

  • Nelle

    This President thinks he can do anything he wants to. So far, he has been getting away with just about everything. But the time for complaining and proposing and pleading will have to come to an end if he doesn’t back off this one. When ordered to do evil, we must obey God rather than man.
    Gird your loins, Joe, and all you Christian individuals and organizations, and all others opposed to abortion. If an online petition and some legal wrangling aren’t effective, it will be time to say, “We cannot participate, and we will not”.

  • lol

    she should be excommunicated. along with the other so called catholics pelosi, and biden who advocate abortion.

  • Steve

    Now she knows what the pen is for and what she can do with it.

  • american patriot

    Pet the snake.

    Get bitten.

    Don’t act shocked!

    You all remember Al Wilson’s The Snake (1968)?

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Hammer these freaking Marxist back into their holes or the only churches in this country will be state sanctioned Sociopath Justice Centers. Let’s start by prosecuting the people who INTENTIONALLY caused this meltdown.

  • Spartan

    “Health and Human Services must think Catholics and other religious groups are fools,” Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokesman for the U.S. hierarchy, wrote in a blog post.

    Ya think? HHS is not the only ones who think you’re stupid!!!!

    Let me just say this Sister Keehan,,,,,,life sucks for you. If you think for one minute I’m going to forgive you or feel sorry for you because you sold out yourself for the spotlight and than Christianity, you got another thing coming. I don’t feel a whiff of sorrow for your misfotune and you complete lack of thought when you got your little pen. Don’t come crying to US now. Live with your decision, and stay away from those who seek out GOD without your help.

  • lethargic

    There is only one religion allowed by Modern Liberals … and that is Modern Liberalism.

  • ARCB

    Sorry, but I blame the US Catholic bishops. Under Catholic doctrine, the bishops speak for the church, not some nun. The bishops should have immediately and publicly chastised her for her comments and then sought her immediate removal from her position. Instead, they allowed a facade of “Catholic respectability” for the Obamacare bill.

  • aprilnovember811

    Get that detestable Kenyan despot out of our White House. He is a bum and a con man. It amazes me the stupidity of those people on Martha’s Vineyard who socialize with this piece of trash. They think they’re being good and noble and their stupid. They’re being conned by Jim Jones II. I WANT OBAMA’S COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. THAT WILL REVEAL ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS DEGENERATE. The Supreme Court needs to get off their butts and look at this. They’re allowing this creep, and that’s all he is, to victimize this country. HE SET UP THE NAVY SEALS. HE HAD THEM KILLED. HE HAS THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ALL OVER THIS GOVERNMENT!

  • aprilnovember811


  • aprilnovember811

    I swear he could kill people in the streets and Congress, the Courts, and the old media would say, “Did you see how beautiful he wielded the knife, or the sword in his case, since he’s a MUSLIM.” HE’S WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. THAT’S WHY HE WON’T RELEASE HIS COLLEGE GRADES, BECAUSE IT WOULD REVEAL ALL KINDS OF THINGS ABOUT HIM. SOMEONE MUST GET THOSE.

  • DMartyr

    Wait a second – the health bill has (had) a provision that exempted those whose religion forbid gambling (ie, insurance) type investments.

    It apparently applies to islam and to the Amish, so wouldn’t it also apply to Catholicism?

  • pst314

    “Health and Human Services must think Catholics and other religious groups are fools….”

    You supported Obamacare. Case closed. (Except that “fool” doesn’t being to describe the degree of their error.)

  • cal rifkin

    duhhhhh…is it that hard to see what the lib/marxist obamacrats are up to? What is wrong with these people??