Saturday, February 11, 2012

Catholic in 2012

I am Catholic.

I was baptized in August at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Queens, Forest Hills, New York. The same church my parents were married in. My aunt and uncle stood for me and took the vows, that I confirmed some 20 years later. ( It's a long story)

I went to a Catholic School from 4th grade through high school and 1 year at a Catholic college in Pennsylvania.

And in all that time, I was taught by health teachers and parents  please wait until you are married to have sex. But if you can't or won't wait, use protection.

The Bishops seems to be unaware that schools, at least the ones that I attended, were already talking about birth control. Maybe it's out of a sense of what they don't know won't hurt them.

But now, it has become a very public row. The Bishops now feel incumbent to protest the rule forcing any institution that operates in the real world ( not churches) to provide birth control without co- pays. 

President Obama announced a compromise that health insurance companies have to reach out to women, assure that they have access to contraceptives and that the companies will pick up the tab, not the religious organization.  

The Bishops' aren't happy about that either: "  First, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the administration’s plan still includes a “nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients.”

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The issue of self insurance, maybe it's time those Catholic organization stop pocketing the fee that they wouldn't pay the insurance companies, and hire a third party to take of handling benefits.  

So, we can go back to the what they don't know won't hurt them.


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