August 7, 2016

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080716)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Little Sisters, big courage — Nuns’ religious freedom stand wins award

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Toronto:

Aug 3, 2016 / 09:29 am

The Little Sisters of the Poor have received the Knights of Columbus’ highest honor for their fight for religious liberty and their continued service to the elderly poor.

“We Little Sisters are honored and profoundly humbled to have been chosen to receive the Gaudium et Spes Award,” Mother Loraine Marie Maguire, superior of the Little Sisters’ Baltimore province, said at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Toronto Aug. 2.

“Although we never would have chosen to become the public face of conscientious objection to the HHS Mandate, we felt compelled to take a stand for the sake of the elderly residents we serve.”

The Little Sisters of the Poor run 27 homes for the elderly poor in the U.S.

They have challenged the Obama administration’s efforts to compel them to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic doctrine and ethics in their health care coverage for employees. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has said they must collaborate in providing health coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some drugs that may cause abortion.

Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, reading the award citation at the international convention’s States Dinner, said the Knights of Columbus wanted to recognize the Little Sisters’ “wholehearted response to the Gospel” and their stand “with singular courage for the Catholic faith and for the religious liberty of all.”

“These sisters could no more comply with coercive government mandates than they could abandon the poor, the elderly and the dying,” the archbishop said. …

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