Fr. Jenkins: agreements should be kept



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ABSTRACT HEALTH CARE/ Fr. Jenkins: agreements should be kept Welcome   |   Login   |   Sign Up   | RSS Make This your Homepage   |   advanced research   SEARCH   Politics & Society 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 Politics & Society Tweet HEALTH CARE/ Fr. Jenkins: agreements should be kept Editors October Tue 18, 2011 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (photo ANSA) Related Articles CONSCIENCE PROTECTION/ Religious Freedom’s Contribution to the American Experience and Threats to its Survival NOTRE DAME/ From the Diary of Daniel Philpott, May 17, 2009 US/ Obama at Notre Dame: Exploring the Controversy and its Roots US/ Kathleen Sebelius, a pro-choice Catholic for Health Secretary read the Features The HHS Mandate debate The President of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. John I. Jenkins, wrote to Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the new health care law’s preventive services mandate, under which the university would be required to provide contraception with its health care program. The letter, from the University of Notre Dame’s website, is reproduced here. The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services Dear Madam Secretary, In May of 2009, President Obama accepted an honorary degree and served as the principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony. As the University’s president, I had the honor of introducing him and presenting him with a doctor of laws degree in recognition of his service to our nation and place in our history. Our graduates received the President warmly, but there were many people of good faith who opposed my decision to recognize him. I stand by that decision, however, because it was important for us to hear his views, and for us to express ours—all in a spirit of civility that is increasingly lacking in our society. In my introduction, I made it clear how much we respect him, but that we also disagree on matters related to the sanctity of life. He, in turn, expressed his own views and promised to work together on matters with which we agree. One of those areas of agreement is, as the presiden.......