Posts Tagged ‘Catholics’

Helath Care Reform and the Catholics

February 9, 2012

There has been information in the news recently about further implications of the health care reform and the impact that it will have on Catholic institutions, such as universities and hospitals.  Simply put, these institutions will be required to provide coverage in their health care packages for their employees that goes against Catholic teaching.  Specifically, “preventative care” including birth control pills, the morning after pill, and RU 486, which is a medication that induces an abortion.

Catholic institutions do not forbid their employees to use these products, they simply do not provide for them in their health care package.  They do not provide them because of a conflict with their religious teaching.

Churches are exempt from this part of the reform, why not religious institutions?  This is government control of religious practice.  This mandate should have no place in a country that practices religious freedom.

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Interfaith Dialogue

August 26, 2009

I read a sidebar story the other day in the newspaper about a rift that had occurred in the dialogue taking place between Jews and Catholics.  Apparently the Jews got the impression that the Catholics were using the dialogue as a means of seeking the conversion of Jewish people.

The purpose of interfaith dialouge is to gain a better understanding of each others views.  It also aids in the acceptance of each other as human beings.  We also explore ways in which we can peacefully work together for common goals. 

  Some would say that in order for interfaith dialogue to be effective, all parties must accept the views of others as acceptable alternatives.  Others would recognize that we can hold conversations with people with whom we profoundly disagree, but still be rational, civil, and productive in our discussions. 

For many Christians, they consider “The Great Commission”,  the mandate of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples” to be their primary directive.  They take very seriously John 14:6 where Jesus says “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  For these types of Christians, it is a part of their nature to seek the conversion of nonbelievers.

Does that mean that we shouldn’t talk?  That the lines of communication should be closed?  That there are no areas in which we cannot cooperate as religious people, for the common good of humanity?

I don’t think so.