It's a "phony compromise!" says Archbishop Chaput:
The new rules are very complex. And they may actually make things worse. In the words of Notre Dame Law Professor Gerard Bradley:It's just one more game to pretend the administration is making reasonable attempts to come together and those hard-boiled, obstreperous bishops just won't give our good, kind president a break. Obama is determined to destroy religious liberty in this country and he will do anything he can to force the churches and people of conscience to cooperate in evil. He may not be THE anti-Christ (he's too small potatoes), but he is surely AN anti-Christ like so many tyrants before him. Pray for him and resist him!“Gauging the net effect of the new administration proposal [is] hazardous. But one can say with confidence the following: (1) religious hospitals are, as before, not exempt ‘religious employers’; (2) religious charities are very likely not exempt either, unless they are run out of a church or are very tightly integrated with a church. So, a parish or even a diocese’s Saint Vincent De Paul operations would probably be an exempt ‘religious employer,’ whereas Catholic Charities would not be; (3) the new proposal may (or may not) make it more likely that parish grade schools are exempt ‘religious employers.’ But Catholic high schools are a different matter. Some might qualify as ‘religious employers.’ Most probably will not.