Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the world's largest charitable relief organizations, recently released a statement objecting to the HHS Healthcare Mandate. According to Dr. Carolyn Woo, former Dean of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and current President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the mandate "would compel Catholic institutions to acquiesce to practices that run counter to our deeply held religious teaching... This is clearly at odds with our long-held American tradition of religious liberty."
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Chairman of CRS's Board of Directors, also objected to the Mandate, stating, "CRS serves people according to need, not creed. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and our Catholic identity compels us to cherish, preserve, and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life... To forgo this would be to deny our very essence... It is our hope that over the next year, the Obama Administration will realize the harm that this rule will cause to institutions such as Catholic Relief Services."
To read more on CRS's statement on the Mandate, click here.