Saturday, October 13, 2012

926.6 Miles so Far

by Steve Ray on October 13, 2012

Every year for the last four years I have set a goal of running (or equivalent) over 1,000 miles a year. My wife and I consider it our medicine and our health care program. Every day we “take our medicine.” As of today I am up to 926.6 miles. My new goal is to hit 1,200 this year.

My knee operation slowed me down a bit and I’ve had to work a bit more to catch back up. At home I use our elliptical machine or the stationary bike. On the road I used the Fitness Centers or go our for a run-walk. Hopefully my knee will improve so I can full out run again.

I had also planned to read the Bible and the Catechism through this year and that fell through due to lots of travel, death of my dad and other factors. But I have picked it up again and plan to read both the Catechism and the Bible through during the Year of Faith which started October 11. 

Whew! Now to Essex Ontario to speak at a Men’s Conference full of fired up Catholic men ready to help change the world for the good. Don’t forget to VOTE!


USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate

October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:

Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

For more details, please see USCCB’s regulatory comments filed on May 15 regarding the proposed “accommodation”: