Originally posted by Suzianne
A facade? Interestingly, some people here think [b]you are putting on a facade.[/b]
Pope Francis is Anti-Pope
Pope Francis: I’m no ‘leftie,’ jokes about not being ‘anti-pope’ on flight to USA
The Little Sisters is an international religious community of nuns that operate group homes and provide daily care for the elderly poor in 30 U.S. cities.
The sisters’ refusal to compromise their Catholic values by providing contraception and abortifacients to their staff as required with the Obamacare mandate and resulting continued legal fight for a mandate exemption, rejected because they don’t exclusively employ Catholics and they serve people of all faiths, has made them an example of the attack on religious freedom in the U.S.
Contraception, sterilization, and abortion all violate Catholic Church teaching, but Obamacare requires employers to provide these as healthcare “services” to their employees without a co-pay. The Sisters have argued that the law's exemption isn't sufficient, since it means they would simply be signing the coverage away to another party.
The Little Sisters first filed suit against the Obamacare mandate in 2013. But the Obama administration denied them a waiver because the nuns did not meet its standard for a religious exemption.
The administration demanded the nuns comply in January 2014 even after the Supreme Court gave them an injunction temporarily protecting them from the mandate.
In July of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the contraception requirement. The sisters then appealed July 23 to the Supreme Court.
Pope Francis spent about 15 minutes shaking hands and speaking with each one of the sisters in their chapel, said Becket Fund senior counsel Mark Rienzi, lead attorney for the Little Sisters.
Pope Francis told the sisters at the gathering how their work is important and how ministry to the elderly is frequently overlooked, Rienzi said in a report from the Washington Post, with one nun he spoke with saying she did not hear the Holy Father bring up the lawsuit during the discussion.
GOP senators help Democrats defeat Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood
September 24, 2015
Republican-controlled Senate voted this afternoon against a Continuing Resolution that would have defunded Planned Parenthood for one year.
Eight Republicans and one presidential hopeful - Sen. Rand Paul - voted against the measure.
The Continuing Resolution would have funded the federal government through December 11 but redirected $235 million of taxpayer dollars away from the abortion provider to federally qualified health centers, instead.
Pope’s speech to Congress: no specific mention of abortion, only the death penalty