In their attempt to make the church a model of heaven on Earth, church leaders who oppose portions of the Affordable Care Act have turned themselves into politicians. (“Dioceses Make Case to Be Excluded From ‘Morally Illicit’ Parts of Affordable Care Act,” Nov. 13).
We hear politicians of both parties say they hope not to inflict injury or death on civilians who live in the midst of our enemies when we bomb them. Alas, our leaders bomb anyway. Innocent people die, as usual. Yet our politicians, like Bishop David Zubik, could choose otherwise.
Bishop Zubik says he intends not to “self-certify” as an organization that is allowed an exemption under law. To his mind, and other Catholic leaders like him, that would be “morally illicit,” more so, apparently, than the obscenity of hunger in a land of plenty. They have eternity in mind. When these Catholic leaders walk the streets and see the suffering caused by our era’s new class of robber barons, who, one supposes, Catholic leaders would not want to aid and abet even indirectly, they’ll at least have the peace of mind that the “integrity of their beliefs” lends them.