Monday, March 01, 2004

In Today's News from the Left Coast

The California Supreme Court determined today that Catholic Charities of California is not a "religious employer" and as such cannot (under California Law) exclude artificial contraceptive coverage from an employee insurance plan that includes a drug benefit. Filibustered 9th Circuit nominee Janice Rogers Brown filed the lone dissenting opinion.

Never mind that the Catholic Church has constantly condemned artificial contraception as gravely sinful and that the Church conducts its entire social outreach through 501(c)s like Catholic Charities. This court's bright-line distinction between religious charities and churches is wrong on the facts and TERRIBLE policy. Conscientious Catholics will not fund an outreach that provides services that violate Church teachings on the sanctity of life and the dignity of human sexuality. What's at stake? Consider what services Catholic Charities of California provided last year.

News Article here.

Cal. Supreme Court Opinion here.


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