The Church's right to govern itself at stake



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ABSTRACT CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ The Church's right to govern itself at stake Welcome   |   Login   |   Sign Up   | RSS Make This your Homepage   |   advanced research   SEARCH   Culture & Religion MILANO | ROMA | LAVORO | TRASPORTI E MOBILITA | ENERGIA E AMBIENTE | EMMECIQUADRO | L'ASSAGGIO DI MASSOBRIO ENGLISH AUTORI | INTERVISTATI Home Arts & Media Culture Economics Education From the World Politics Science Welfare & Subsidiarity Culture & Religion Tweet CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ The Church's right to govern itself at stake Suzanne Lewis February Wed 01, 2012 Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale Related Articles U.S./ Conscience Protection: Presidential Betrayal CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ "Catholics for Sebelius," indeed J'ACCUSE/ Why Obama is wrong on the HHS conscience regulations CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ Religious Freedom’s Contribution to the American Experience and Threats to its Survival read the dossier Freedom of Religion read the Features The HHS Mandate debate No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority. - Thomas Jefferson, 1809 On Friday, January 27, Bishop David A. Zubik, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, published a strongly-worded statement concerning the new Health and Human Services mandate , which would force all businesses and institutions with more than 50 employees to offer a government-approved health insurance plan that covers contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients. In his statement, Zubik writes, "Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama administration, have said 'To Hell with You' to the Catholic faithful of the United States." Bishop Zubik is not the only US Catholic bishop to write to condemn the HHS mandate. To date, over one hundred bishops have been documented as writing on this subject. Are the US bishops venturing into party politics, in a way heretofore unseen? The answer is a firm "no." The US bishops have not suddenly changed their pastoral approach to Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae , which contains the Church's teaching on contraception and birth control, in.......