July 2, 2012 by Daniel Stack
There’s been some debate of late about the Catholic Church’s right to deny paying for insurance that funds something they view as morally objectionable.
I’ve been thinking about that a bit and to be honest it seems a bit intellectually dishonest. They already pay for things they find morally objectionable. Employees of Catholic universities, charities, hospitals, schools, etc. all get paid. I’m pretty certain that some of those people who get paychecks from such institutions have used that money on pornography, birth control, abortions, prostitutes, donations to the Democratic party, etc.
Now one could argue that the church isn’t being asked to directly fund such things, but truth be told that is the case for when they pay for insurance. No one is forcing an employee of a Catholic institution to get an abortion, go on the pill, etc. EIther way, whether through insurance or paychecks they are funding things they find sinful. It seems rather they wish to make it difficult to allow their employees to engage in what they consider to be sinful acts. While they might be considered commendable it seems rather they are attempting to lessen the possibility of making a choice. There really isn’t anything commendable in abstaining from a behavior which is impossible for you to engage in.