R. Melendy: Kudos to Bishop Malone

Congratulations to Bishop Malone for standing firm that Catholic churches and hospitals should not have to pay for birth control services.

The Bishop said it clearly in his letter to us: "The primary issue is 'forcing' the church or others who find these drugs or procedures morally offensive, to pay for them. This is a clear violation of our religious freedoms under the First Amendment."

A Sun Journal article (Feb. 13) included that "Obama announced that no religious institution that objects to birth control would have to provide it or pay for it."

Thanks to the Bishop for forcing the issue and thanks to President Barack Obama for seeing the light.

Ronald Melendy, Auburn

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Jason Theriault's picture

I just have one question

I just have one question:
If Mitt opposes this so vehemently, why does RomneyCare(The Massachusetts Healthcare law Romney signed in 2006) have the exact same requirement?

 's picture

I think it's nice...

...the Bishop won't be using birth control methods. His parishioners, however, are a different story.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Hypocrisy central

Where were all those people who are complaining about the government forcing them to violate their values on birth control when the Pope came out against the war in Iraq and against torture? Where are they when the Pope is supporting unions and a higher minimum wage? Where are they when the Pope is calling for immigration reform? And where are they when the Catholic church is calling for universal health care and better living conditions for the poor? When you start cherry-picking your values and morals it causes people to suspect it is really politics hiding behind moral principle and it makes you look hypocritical.

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Facts please

The church affiliated organizations that would have been required to include no-cost birth control in their employer provided health insurance plans are setup to accept Federal funds without violating the first amendment which means they are subject to Federal laws and rules. So this was never a separation of church and state issue.
This was an attempt by the Catholic hierarchy to impose their very perverted view of human sexuality on the rest of us and to deny to their employees the freedom of conscience that the 1st amendment was intended to protect.
The proposal was never intended to be implemented in the first place. It included a one year period for comment and discussion. Instead the Catholic Bishops tried to turn it into a political issue.
Thankfully the President worked out a very acceptable compromise that all affiliated groups now agree with and only the Bishops are opposing. Obviously they neither represent their members or common sense.

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Disgrace

Malone is another disgraceful New England class product of his time. It always warms my heart to repeat this old line heard dozens of times in differing circles. This comes from my personal experience "class, caste, and or social graces in a circle; it can all kiss my @$$." What next for the dear sweet Bishop Malone excommunicating those by the wheel who use contraception?

RONALD RIML's picture

And the good Bishop

would never possibly suggest that those who provide or use birth control would suffer the eternal loss of their souls...

RONALD RIML's picture

Loved going to confession when I was a teen........

"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It's been two weeks since my last Confession.

Since then I have masturbated 2,637 times....." :0

Jason Theriault's picture

Wow

That's about 8 times an hour.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Get a grip, Ron.

Er, never mind. Sounds like you have a good one. *wink*

Fortunately altar boys don't need birth control. . . .

"Heaven Help Us" was a cute Andrew McCarthy comedy in the '80s that dealt with life in Catholic school in the '60s. One teen character in the film, on average, masturbated 5.3 times a day. Hell hath no fury.

RONALD RIML's picture

Hell hath no fury

Like a furry palm...... ;)

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Is that you? . . .

I can't see you. Everything . . . getting . . . blurrier. . . .

And can you believe the price of tissues these days?

RONALD RIML's picture

Can you believe it....

I'm finally getting no 'Disagrees'

LOL

RONALD RIML's picture

Then the Church

obviously changed God's Eternal Mind....

They used to tell us it was a Mortal Sin

AL PELLETIER's picture

Hey Ron

Do you remember the change of rules when we enlisted in the Navy? You can now eat meat on Friday. Go figure.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Ron and Kris

Get you minds out of the gutter, speaking of which, there once was a man from Calcuttah!

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