Morality as Word Magic

by Mario Rizzo

I am disturbed by the Obama administration’s revised rule regarding the provision of birth-control products and service under the new health insurance system they have created.  The original rule required all employers, particularly for our purposes institutions affiliated with the Catholic Church, to provide insurance that covers birth control without copayment , coinsurance or deductible.  The Church hierarchy and others protested that they should not have to provide insurance that reimburses or pays for activities they regard as immoral. So then after a politically troublesome firestorm, President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a revised rule.

The revised rule requires all employers, particularly for our purposes institutions affiliated with the Catholic Church, to provide insurance that covers birth control without copayment, coinsurance or deductible. What a relief. Continue reading

Infallible Evasion of Scandal?

by Mario Rizzo  

It was one of the great virtues of Lord Acton to have realized that the Catholic Church is subject to all of the imperfections of any other human institution, especially those with little transparency. The current sex-abuse scandals in the Catholic Church would have been of great concern to him. He was also concerned with the issue of papal infallibility on faith and morals. He opposed the doctrine and helped organize opposition to it at the First Vatican Council.  He lost this battle but remained a Catholic. He never really accepted the doctrine (although he kept a certain ambiguous stance toward it). He believed that it had no basis in history or theology.   Continue reading