From Seattle Times. Here is how the secular press views the bone-head BS stupid move of the Catholic Health Ass.
When you hear the words Catholic Health Association you should start thinking:
And now the news:
Catholic hospitals accept birth control compromise
In a split with U.S. bishops, [The secular press sees it as it is.] a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama’s administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers.
By RACHEL ZOLL
AP Religion Writer
NEW YORK —
In a split with U.S. bishops, [Remember the phrase: MAGISTERIUM OF NUNS.] a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama’s administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers.
“We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage,” said the Catholic Health Association.
Under President Barack Obama’s health care law, most employers are required to cover birth control as a free preventive service for women workers. Churches and other houses of worship are fully exempt from the mandate. But religiously-affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups are not.
The compromise, in a final regulation from the administration, attempts to create a buffer for these employers. It requires insurers or the health plan’s outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage, and creates a mechanism for reimbursing them.
However, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are suing to overturn the entire requirement, saying it trespasses on freedom of religion.
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the bishops, said the hospital association had notified the bishops’ conference about its stand late Monday.
Walsh said the bishops “did not contribute to the (group’s) analysis or the statement itself.” Catholic dioceses, charities and universities are among the plaintiffs in more than 60 lawsuits challenging the rule. The cases are expected to reach the Supreme Court.
The hospital trade group’s decision was first reported by the National Catholic Reporter.
Coincidence? The news is broken by the NSR?
That means that the ‘c’atholic Health Ass. wanted to break the news to the National Schismatic Reporter. Peas in a pod. No… better… fleas on a dog. No… that’s not quite it either.
This is another manifestation of the Magisterium of Nuns, wherein liberal women religious seek to place themselves over and against the teaching authority of the bishops.