Bishop: Obama’s Healthcare Plan Threatens Catholic Service

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Every day, the Catholic Charities health care clinic downtown provides uninsured patients with a complete medical work up from coronary care to free root canals.

But Bishop David Zubik warns that this may end under the care legislation known as “Obamacare.”

“We really protest against this mandate because it does in fact violate the constitutional right of separation between church and state,” he said.

At issue is the type of medical insurance the diocese provides to its own employees.

Right now, those employed at the clinic receive health insurance tailored to fit the church’s beliefs, but under new federal guidelines — all new insurance policies must cover contraceptives and sterilization, which run counter to church teachings.

“And to be able to have this forced upon us really will have a disastrous effect on organizations like Catholic Charities and will have a very disastrous effect even in terms of the kind health care coverage we can to offer for our employees,” he said.

Catholic Charities Director Susan Rauscher says if the new guidelines go into effect, the clinic will need to close.

“The end result of that is if we can’t keep employees, we can’t provide our services, the doors have to close,” she said.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is taking input on the new guidelines through the end of the month, and Catholic Charities is asking parishioners to lobby their representatives against them.

“It doesn’t quite make sense to me that I have to choose between doing good and doing as I am called by God to meet some arbitrary criteria of what a religious exemption is,” Rauscher said.

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  • Thomas J Duttine

    If you deal with the fed…it’s their rules!

  • A.Bunker

    Obamacare will be the final nail in the coffin of the once great country known as the USA. Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to this country and must be defeated in 2012.



    • Lol @ Shari

      Shari, you’re right they should be separate, but what you fail to see is that it’s large government telling the church what to do by Obamacare , not the way your presenting it.
      Large government should stay out of the church’s business, and Obamacare is actually 2 words to describe a policy that is a failure, for if it were so perfect there would not be all these state’s repealing this law.
      Get ready for 2012 and kiss it goodbye along with the communist president who signed this bad legislation

      • Free To Speak

        You sound like a racist PASS THE BILL pay attention to who’s interfering with who.
        I’ll post anywhere I like to , you’re proving my point with your comments trying TO FORCE me where I may leave comments.
        Have you forgot that thing called THE CONSTITUTION.


        Well large government should stay out of your wallet and they dont! Take you hate for Obama elsewhere? You have no facts for your arguments! Your probably one of the Rich that cannot accept fairness in this country! You should be asking your Republican where’s their answer to Health Care?????? They have none and you accept that???

  • il camerlengo

    Exactly Shari, We have a seperation of church and state so that the people of this country are not forced to believe one way or another. If the Catholic Church, who is paying for this FREE healthcare for the poor, has a set of beliefs, the state should not be forcing the church to violate its belief. Obamacare is a slang word and is recognized by most people. Further more, you show your own ingorance with writing in all caps. Obama is a great threat to the freedom that we have had for many years. It was a mistake to elect him, one that is going to cost this nation dearly if the problem is not dealt with in the 2012 elections. This is no longer about Repubilcan vs. Democrat. It is about freedom vs. communism/ socialism. The programs that Obama supports do not work and will only hurt this country. Many years of history bear this out -as the unemployment and welfare rates are both higher than ever. FREEDOM is about letting the church have its set of beliefs and defending the right to have them…EVEN if you would spend an eternity screaming at the top of your lungs in debate becasue you disagree with said beliefs. Obama wants to destroy this in favor of a government model that has not worked in the past. Rome fell….and the USA is not exempt from this fate.

    • Mike

      Yeah, we need to shrink government way down. Maybe we can be like Rwanda or Somalia where the government is virtually non-existent. And OMG, gun rights there are AWESOME. Walk down the streets and you’ll see 14-year old kids with AK-47s. If only we can aspire and disassemble our government and reach true freedom! Life would be so sa-weet!

  • Nina Licastro

    This may be the most ludicrous thing that I have ever heard. Really they will have to let people go because they wont be able to find insurance that covers birth control. I guess whatever they are using now just covers Viagra. Maybe the clinic wont be needed cause people will have INSURANCE. Dont get me wrong, I think the clinic is amazing, but in the richest country in the world it is ridiculous that people die because they are either uninsured or underinsured.

    • They Will Be Forced

      Like Stacy Smith said in the video, ( They Will Be Forced ) , uh hello are you awake yet or did you watch the video.
      Large Government telling the church how to run their parish, whats next.
      Give Obama and his thugs a Christmas kiss goodbye after you wake up.

      • Guess who

        We The People have not forgotten about the majority of the house and senate who are no longer there because they were voted out.
        Guess who’s next.


        Obama, Obama, Obama, obama do you forget the rest of the House or senate?????? People are rediculous!!!!!!!!

  • BDR

    With all due respect, if these are your personal religious beliefs don’t have the procedures. This is where the church is hypocritical: Free will is the central tenet of the Catholic Faith, but the free will must be removed? If the church feels these procedures are a sin isn’t that between the person and God?

    The clinic does not have to offer the services either. They can choose which services to offer so their religious beliefs are being honored.

    BTW…Jesus is a Democrat

    Who is closer to the teaching of Jesus the Democrats or Republicans?

    Feed the poor = Social programs – Democrat
    Educate the uneducated = Taxation for Education – Democrat (Jesus was actually called Teacher by many)
    Help the helpless = Social Programs – Democrat
    Free Will = Pro Choice – Democrat
    “The meek shall inherit the earth” = Charity and Civic Virtue – Democrat
    “Turn the other Cheek” = Anti War and Death Penalty – Democrat

    Sanctity of Life = Anti Abortion – Republican

    Pretty clear Jesus would be a Democrat if he came back today (as long as he had his immigration papers…)

    • You're Describing The Church

      Feed the poor= the Church / Educate = the Church / Help the helpless= the church
      free will= The church / the meek shall inherit the earth= the church / turn the other cheek= the church / anti-abortion=the church / most of all and is the point of the story CHARITY = the CHURCH.
      Democrat = THEY WILL BE FORCED.
      Remember the Church did all these things before the Democrats that you claim .

  • tombrady

    Would Jesus be the same Democrat that told Monica Lewinski to spit, not swallow?

  • LBR

    Just remember… You might have “health insurance” under BoboCare but will the hospital, Doctor, or other provider accept it! Most likely NOT!

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