BISHOP KEVIN RHOADES SLAMS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOR COVERING ‘SIMPLE CONTRACEPTIVES’

BISHOP KEVIN RHOADES SLAMS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOR COVERING ‘SIMPLE CONTRACEPTIVES’

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 12, 2018

Students and staff “should not expect the university to act contrary to its Catholic beliefs”

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) – An Indiana bishop is criticizing the University of Notre Dame’s decision to cover birth control in its health plans.

On Saturday, Bp. Kevin C. Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statementpraising the Catholic university for providing natural family planning services while criticizing the school for funding simple contraception (drugs that prevent pregnancy).

“I understand Notre Dame’s desire to respect other religious traditions and the conscientious decisions of members of the Notre Dame community on this issue,” commented Bp. Rhoades. “Members of the community who decide to use contraceptives, however, should not expect the university to act contrary to its Catholic beliefs by funding these contraceptives.”

The statement comes after Notre Dame’s president, Fr. John Jenkins, justified the university’s policy in an email to school employees Wednesday.
“I have reached the conclusion that it is best that the University stop the government-funded provision of the range of drugs and services through our third-party administrator,” he announced. “Instead, the University will provide coverage in the University’s own insurance plans for simple contraceptives (i.e., drugs designed to prevent conception).”
The stated reason for retaining birth control coverage is so as not to “burden” students who use birth control and depent on the university for health insurance. He noted that the school would not cover abortion-inducing drugs or sterilizations.
The teaching of the Catholic Church against contraception, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is that “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil” (2370).
Bishop Rhoades encouraged those who struggle with this teaching of the Church to prayerfully consider reading Bl. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae — which reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on birth control — in this 50th anniversary year of its promulgation, as well as Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, the late Holy Father’s integrated vision of the human person.
“Many Catholics have come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the Church’s teaching through such study and prayer,” insisted Bp. Rhoades.
Gerald Bradley, professor at Notre Dame Law School, wrote in an essay published Thursday at Public Discourse, “The crucial mistake in Fr. Jenkins’s rationalization is to use the hazy fog generated by a sonorous phrase — ‘respecting’ others — to cover up what he is really doing … the moral truth that he seems to affirm (that contraception is immoral).'”
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Fr. John Jenkins, President of Notre Dame  
The university’s policy will go into effect July 1 for employees and in August for students.

On January 18, the executive board of University Faculty for Life, made up of faculty, administration and staff who respect life from conception to natural death, wrote a letter to Fr. Jenkins in the student newspaper, The Observer, opposing Notre Dame’s decision to “continue its involvement in the distribution of abortifacients and contraceptives through the University’s health insurance plan, after there was no longer any legal necessity to do so.”

The group also reaffirmed its commitment to “the holistic teachings of the Church on the sanctity of all human life” a day before faculty, staff and students took part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The Sycamore Trust, a group of alumni and friends striving to protect the Catholic identity of Notre Dame, released a letter on January 17 recounting the decision by Fr. Jenkins to “make cut-rate abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization available to employees through its Flexible Spending Account program,” while announcing “his plans to lead a Notre Dame delegation to this year’s March for Life.”
In a January 16 news release, the university announced that “Notre Dame’s 2018 March for Life contingent is the largest in recorded memory and will include … Father Jenkins … presid[ing] at a Mass for the Notre Dame marchers at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church” in Arlington, Virginia.
The Sycamore Trust called out the hypocrisy and scandal of Fr. Jenkins’ decision to fund birth control and abortions while presiding at Mass for March for Life pilgrims.
“The hypocrisy and scandal are evident — his action seems to imply that the use of abortifacients and contraceptives is acceptable, whatever reservations the University might set to paper— and will surely not go unmarked,” the group insisted.
Not providing funding for contraception … would truly be a prophetic witness to the truth about human sexuality and its meaning and purpose.Tweet
The court battle over the 2012 HHS Contraceptive Mandate involved claims that compliance with the mandate required Notre Dame to act against its conscience as a Catholic institution and violate its beliefs by providing contraception coverage to staff.
“The representations to the courts that now appear to have been false were forceful, multiple, and essential,” the alumni stated in their letter to Fr. Jenkins on December 16. “They were designed to show in the strongest possible language that the mandate imposed a substantial burden on Notre Dame’s religious liberty. Unless it did, Notre Dame had no business in court.”
In October, President Trump broadened exemptions to the mandate so that religious organizations and Catholic schools like Notre Dame are now exempt from covering abortifacients and contraceptives in their health plans.
The university settled its lawsuit against the federal government since it was no longer required to cover birth control. Contraceptives and abortifacients were to be available free of charge in the university’s student and staff health plans, Meritain Health and OptumRx, until January 1.
But Notre Dame reversed its decision after three Notre Dame students filed a federal lawsuit challenging the school’s decision to roll back birth control coverage. Contraceptives and abortifacients were to be available in the health plans in 2018.
In an update to faculty and staff, Notre Dame reaffirmed its commitment to Catholic teaching while giving in to the mandate provisions in the school medical plans:

The University of Notre Dame, as a Catholic institution, follows Catholic teaching about the use of contraceptives and engaged in the recent lawsuit to protect its freedom to act in accord with its principles. Recognizing, however, the plurality of religious and other convictions among its employees, it will not interfere with the provision of contraceptives that will be administered and funded independently of the University.

Previously, the Catholic college was complying with the HHS mandate under an “accommodation,” which allowed for staff and students as part of the university health plans to be provided free contraceptives and abortifacients.

Bradley observed in his essay, “The central truth of the moral life is that everyone is invariably morally responsible for his or her own actions, no matter what others are doing or not doing.”

“Notre Dame bears prophetic witness to the truths of the Catholic faith in its words and actions on many issues of importance for the good of our society,” concluded Bp. Rhoades in his statement. “Not providing funding for contraception would not be popular with some, but it would truly be a prophetic witness to the truth about human sexuality and its meaning and purpose.”

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Pro-abort witnesses: It’s ok to deny care to babies born alive after botched abortions http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/17/pro-abort-witnesses-its-ok-to-deny-care-to-babies-born-alive-after-botched-abortions/

Former abortionist: Abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/former-abortionist-abortion-is-never-necessary-to-save-a-womans-life/

Polish baby left screaming for an hour before dying after botched abortion: reports http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/polish-baby-left-screaming-for-an-hour-before-dying-after-botched-abortion-reports/

Lila Rose explains what it takes to perform an undercover investigation—and why abortionists deserve to be exposed http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/lila-rose-explains-what-it-takes-to-perform-an-undercover-investigation-and-why-abortionists-deserve-to-be-exposed/

SAN FRANCISCO PROFESSOR DR. DIANA GREENE FOSTER: LET BABIES BORN ALIVE DIE http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/21/san-francisco-professor-dr-diana-greene-foster-let-babies-born-alive-die/

UK Bishop Philip Egan: Denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians is ‘an act of mercy’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/14/uk-bishop-philip-egan-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-is-an-act-of-mercy/

FDA changes RU-486 protocol to fit abortion industry’s illegal practices  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/31/fda-changes-ru-486-protocol-to-fit-abortion-industrys-illegal-practices/

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/01/florida-becomes-eleventh-us-state-to-defund-planned-parenthood-scandals-riddling-abortion-giant-continue-motivating-states-to-cut-funding/

POLAND: NO ABORTIONS, NO EXCEPTIONS – Poland’s prime minister wants a total ban on abortion without exception http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/04/poland-no-abortions-no-exceptions-polands-prime-minister-wants-a-total-ban-on-abortion-without-exception/

‘This baby won’t stop breathing!’: Abortionist strangled baby born alive while nurses stood and watched http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/this-baby-wont-stop-breathing-abortionist-strangled-baby-born-alive-while-nurses-stood-and-watched/

Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame University for honoring pro-abort Vice President Joe Biden  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/07/cardinal-burke-rebukes-notre-dame-university-for-honoring-pro-abort-vice-president-joe-biden/

Very Surprising Quotes From Abortion Doctors Make it Clear Abortion is Wrong http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/25/very-surprising-quotes-from-abortion-doctors-make-it-clear-abortion-is-wrong/

Watch abortion supporters change their mind about abortion in minutes http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/05/24/watch-abortion-supporters-change-their-mind-about-abortion-in-minutes/

JOURNAL REFUSES TO RETRACT STUDY WRONGLY CLAIMING UNBORN FEEL NO PAIN http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/16/journal-refuses-to-retract-study-wrongly-claiming-unborn-feel-no-pain/

This Communist Abortionist Turned Pro-Life After a Saint Visited Him in a Dream http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/22/this-communist-abortionist-turned-pro-life-after-a-saint-visited-him-in-a-dream/

Irish Archbishop Eamon Martin: Seek a ‘revolution of tenderness’, not legal abortion http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/05/irish-archbishop-eamon-martin-seek-a-revolution-of-tenderness-not-legal-abortion/

PREGNANCY CENTERS SAVED HALF A MILLION UNBORN LIVES  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/06/pregnancy-centers-saved-half-a-million-unborn-lives/

These 27 Universities Purchased Body Parts From Aborted Babies for Experimentation http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/09/these-27-universities-purchased-body-parts-from-aborted-babies-for-experimentation/

NEW YORK BISHOP SCOLDS CATHOLIC POLITICIANS’ SUPPORT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2017/02/16/new-york-bishop-scolds-catholic-politicians-support-of-planned-parenthood/

Who is behind the murderers in abortion?

Abortion and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Is there a link between abortion, contraception and breast cancer?

Abortion and Eucharist by Michelle Yax

Please click this link to watch on Abortion with Movie: From Old Testament, New Testament & Fathers of the Church Teaching to Present Day

Bible’s Teachings Against Abortion

US Representative Nancy Pelosi vs. The Catholic Church on Abortion Issue

Is there Ethics of Abortion?

Abortion Warns of Something Worse?

‘We’re killing babies all over the place!’ – Dr. Ben Carson

Ben Carson: They say abortion is about women’s rights but what about the baby?

United Nations Committee Calls Abortion a Human Right, Punishes Country That Protected Unborn Baby http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/05/united-nations-committee-calls-abortion-a-human-right-punishes-country-that-protected-unborn-baby/

Unborn babies “sing & dance” to music proving that learning begins in the womb

8 Unbelievably heartbreaking quotes from women who aborted their babies

Help to abolish abortion: Turn the tide 2012 Pro-life video

Discovering Natural Family Planning

US Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz backs personhood in powerful new video: “Defend the right to life of born and unborn”

http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/18/us-presidential-candidate-ted-cruz-backs-personhood-in-powerful-new-video-defend-the-right-to-life-of-born-and-unborn/

Pro-life Song and Video: Stand Up For Life

Is Health Care a Pro Life Issue? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/02/14/is-health-care-a-pro-life-issue/

Pro-lifers will keep losing and babies will keep dying until we do this…

Planned Parenthood Videos Put a Spotlight on Another Issues: Procurement Companies

Top Planned Parenthood Abortionist Admits She Dismembered & Killed Born Alive Babies

Video: Laughing abortionists ‘pull out baby hearts after abortion, just for fun’. It’s cute.

Undercover pro-life investigator: I saw evil in the face of late-term abortionist

Does God want Christians to stand up against the injustice of abortion? Here’s what the Bible says…

Fidelity to fertility

THE VORTEX: THE PILL KILLS – Contraception is destroying the faith http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/07/the-vortex-the-pill-kills-contraception-is-destroying-the-faith/

Scientific Fact: Human Life Begins at Conception or Fertilization

‘I made a huge mistake’ – Why one radical feminist changed her mind on abortion http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/06/i-made-a-huge-mistake-why-one-radical-feminist-changed-her-mind-on-abortion/

THE VORTEX: TIME BOMBS IN THE MARCH FOR LIFE – The March for Life has been hijacked by the Church of Nice http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/21/the-vortex-time-bombs-in-the-march-for-life-the-march-for-life-has-been-hijacked-by-the-church-of-nice/

THE VORTEX: GHOST ABORTIONS – The cost of abortion is too high to count  but it can be calculated http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/01/22/the-vortex-ghost-abortions-the-cost-of-abortion-is-too-high-to-count-but-it-can-be-calculated/

WATCH: U.S. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz push for gay ‘equality’ will ‘destroy everything Christian’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/06/watch-u-s-bishop-fabian-bruskewitz-push-for-gay-equality-will-destroy-everything-christian/

She Had an Abortion at 15, Now She’s Had 5 Miscarriages and Can’t Ever Have Children http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/09/she-had-an-abortion-at-15-now-shes-had-5-miscarriages-and-cant-ever-have-children/

Low Natality, Low Growth: The Economic Consequences of Fewer Babies http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/17/low-natality-low-growth-the-economic-consequences-of-fewer-babies/

Study: IUD use puts girls at risk for STDs http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/22/study-iud-use-puts-girls-at-risk-for-stds/

US Congress Subpoenas StemExpress, Which Buys Fully Intact Aborted Babies From Planned Parenthood http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/us-congress-subpoenas-stemexpress-which-buys-fully-intact-aborted-babies-from-planned-parenthood/

Breastfeeding: A social justice issue http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/30/breastfeeding-a-social-justice-issue/

MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/03/18/mri-shows-breastfed-babies-brains-develop-betterfaster-than-formula-or-mixed-fed-infants/

ABORTIONS EASIER THROUGH NEW FDA REGULATIONS: Abortion pill can now be taken up to 10 weeks after conception http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/01/abortions-easier-through-new-fda-regulations-abortion-pill-can-now-be-taken-up-to-10-weeks-after-conception/

My mother was advised to abort me, says Cardinal Raymond Burke in new book http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/26/my-mother-was-advised-to-abort-me-says-cardinal-raymond-burke-in-new-book/

THE DOWNLOAD—A SPIKE IN MEDICAL ABORTIONS  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/07/27/the-download-a-spike-in-medical-abortions/

‘Catholics for Choice’ Draws Clarification From Bishops   http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/16/catholics-for-choice-draws-clarification-from-bishops/

NEW STUDY YOKES BIRTH CONTROL TO DEPRESSION  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/10/10/new-study-yokes-birth-control-to-depression/

Michael Voris talks an in-depth discussion of the true, financial cost of abortion and its effects to the United States. Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that, “The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death” (CDF, Donum vitae III; CCC: 2273).

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here by Dr. Martin Brenner click below:

Contraception & the New Dark Age, Part 1-4: Where we are & How we got here?

Contraception’s dark fruits

CIA: The Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church click below:

CIA: Rockefeller Foundation – Actively Undermining the Catholic Church

We are used to thinking of the Rockefellers as simply a byword for wealth, power and financial success. Perhaps we might think of them as determined businessmen or see them as great philanthropists. But the truth is far different; the Rockefeller Foundation is actively undermining the Catholic Church, and in the process, attempting to erase man’s natural orientation to the eternal.

Global Warming Unmasked click below:

Global Warming Unmasked

Are the environmental movements and groups simply devoted to laudable, correct stewardship of God’s creation, or do they have a more sinister, hidden agenda? Is “global warming” being used as an excuse for something far darker? Is the final goal of the liberal elites behind the push of junk science population control, eugenics and Gaia worship?

Mic’d Up “Is Contraception Killing the Church?” click below:

Mic’d Up: Is Contraception Killing the Church?

This week on Mic’d Up we’ll be tackling the terrible scourge of Contraception on the Church. Michael Hichborn and Rey Flores from American Life League will join us to expose Catholic Relief Services complicity with Organizations who support contraception and to Discuss The Pill Kills Day of Action 2014. Also joining us will be Lynn Mills who will be discussing the continued prayer rally at Providence Park Hospital in the Archdiocese of Detroit because of their complicity in abortion, contraception and sterilization. Following that same thread we’ll break down the announcement from Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron concerning the crisis of parish closings facing Detroit. Also dropping by will be author James Kalb, to discuss the plague of pluralism on the Church’s Hierarchy.

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