Catholic nuns group forced to cover abortion and contraception

Most people only hear of the Little Sisters of the Poor in jokes to illustrate the ineptitude of a football team.  It usually goes something like, “Hey, the Browns might have a chance if they play the Little Sisters of the Poor.”  Well sports fans, the Little Sisters of the Poor are real and the joke is on them and the people they serve.

Little Sisters of the PoorThe Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic order of nuns founded in France around the year 1842.  They operate homes for low-income senior citizens in 31 countries including 30 homes in the United States.
Providing heroic services to the frailest of our society with love and humility, the Little Sisters of the Poor are literally a life saving blessing to the over 2,500 residents they serve in this country.

In addition to the necessities of food  and shelter, the Sisters show their residents love and dignity every day.  Perhaps the best example of their vocation is their effort to ensure that when the time comes, no resident dies alone.  Someone is there to care for and hold the hand of someone in their final hours.
So what’s the joke?  They give this compassion, love and care to everyone.  Ha, ha, ha, ha, what?

That’s right.  Because they provide services without regard to race, creed, or religion, the Little Sisters of the Poor do not qualify as a religious institution/employer under the HHS mandate.  Even after the recent refining of the February 2012 accommodation, it is most likely that the Sisters will be forced to provide insurance that covers abortion and contraception.   It is impossible for the Sisters to comply with Obama administration’s HHS mandate — betray their faith or pay fines of $2,000 per employee plus, a $100 per day per employee fine totaling approximately $2,000,000 annually.

Born in the aftermath of the French Revolution, the Little Sisters of the Poor are familiar with religious intolerance and bigotry.  To date, the Sisters have been forced to leave other countries including Hungary, China, and Myanmar.  As things stand today, it appears that the Obama administration is hell-bent on adding the United States to the list of countries where the Little Sisters of the Poor are not allowed to operate.  According to the Little Sisters of the Poor website, “We would like to assure those we serve and their families, as well as our employees, friends and supporters, that we have absolutely no plans to leave the United States and cannot envision doing so unless given no other alternative.”  Unfortunately, no other alternatives seem to be forthcoming.  The Obama administration continues to deny organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor their basic right of being religious.  By HHS mandate standards, Jesus Himself would not be considered religious because he would provide care to Jews, Gentiles, sinners, and saints.

Mike Ruffing is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @MikeRuffing1

Mike Ruffing is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. Twitter: @MikeRuffing1

So, instead of football jokes, people will begin hearing more of the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Not as the Browns opponent, but as yet another sad and dark punch line to the joke that is Obamacare.  The Sisters will be forced to start closing their homes in January 2014 when the mandate extensions expire.  Lucky for them, because the Cleveland Browns will be in the Super Bowl.

Please consider visiting a local Little Sisters of the Poor home for yourself to see what a remarkable service they provide or a donation:  http://www.littlesistersofthepoor.org/donate

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Comments

  1. Beautiful article, Mike. Little Sisters of the Poor are selfless, contribute to society- yet a President who was elected w/ 51% of the Catholic vote oppresses those who assist the poor whom he claims to help.

    • richardbaris says:

      If he didn’t take so much of the Latino vote he would have been creamed within the Catholic community. According to Pew anyway

    • Michael Ruffing says:

      Thanks for your comments. I pray for the Sisters and the people they serve.

  2. Obamacare is sick. I can’t believe the mandate was allowed to stay. Thanks for making us aware of the beautiful service The Little Sisters of the Poor give to those who need it.

  3. richardbaris says:

    Can we all take a minute to give Justice Roberts three cheers for a “coward”. Truth be told, the religious institutions in this country have been sitting on their hands in the political arena and this has contributed to this and other secular pushes. They have let tax-exemptions and other mechanisms render them non-consequential. This was never the case, or the intended case, in this country’s early history. Shameful. If the nanny state can’t do it, then neither can anyone else.

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