The Pittsburgh diocese decided to employ a religious liberty protection for their faithful. To that end, President Obama changed his health care program to accommodate the Catholic faith so that Catholic hospitals and other religiously affiliated institutions will not pay for employees' access to contraceptives, pills, etc., for birth control.
I wish President Obama had not revised his health program, because this revision might become a precedent in subsequent similar cases since we live in a pluralistic society. What should the government do ... keep changing the laws only for some religious institutions and not for others? As a case in point: Roe v. Wade is the law of the land unless it is changed. The Pittsburgh diocese and all other Catholic dioceses know the tenets of their faith, and they also know what they should and should not do.
God is there for each person to praise Him and to honor Him and to pray to in whatever way they desire, and not for people to declare and rule and legislate their beliefs as the only way our society should live. So, Bishop Zubik, what is it going to be -- vengeful and punishing or loving and forgiving?
VICTOR J. RUISI