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Glad to see National Review reporting one of the more alarming — but thus far ignored — aspects of President Obama’s HHS mandate. It seems that the Catholic bishop for the military prepared a letter to be read at Masses — and that someone in the chaplains corps said that it could not.
Here’s a post by Kathryn Lopez from National Review to Republicans in Congress: we need to know whether the chaplains corps took this on itself — or had instruction from the White House. In other words, it would be worth a hearing and getting people under oath about who directed whom to do or not do what. What is unclear is whether the Secretary of the Army gets to decide what the Catholic church can say from its pulpits.
Also the concern about “civil disobedience” is ridiculous. This is not a law. This is an executive mandate that provides an avenue for people who do not wish to comply, by forcing them to pay a fine. It is entirely within the rights of groups to call on their members to do so.