Cardinal Raymond Burke is the former Archbishop of St. Louis, and is the current Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church apart from the Pope himself). And he is laying down the law on Obamacare and the HHS mandate forcing Catholic institutions to pay for (directly or indirectly) birth control and abortion:
Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that employers who provide contraceptive coverage for their workers are guilty of both formal and material cooperation in contraception.
The cardinal said that there is “no way to justify” a health-care program that includes contraceptive coverage. He urged resistance against the Obama administration’s drive to make such coverage mandatory.
....Cardinal Burke was asked whether an employer who provided birth-control coverage as part of a health-care plan for employees would be guilty of cooperating in the sin of contraception. The cardinal replied:
It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.
Cardinal Burke voiced his hearty support for the US bishops who are leading the fight against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. He encouraged lay Catholics “not to be deceived by any kind of false accommodations which in fact continue this same kind of agenda.
Over at Hot Air, Tina Korbe looks into Cardinal Burke's strong words and divines a tough message between the lines:
Under the mandate, do employers really have the freedom not to consent? Cardinal Burke is telling them that, yes, they do. They have the freedom, for example, to get out of whatever business it is they’re running. They have the freedom to not have employees. They have the freedom to ignore the mandate and suffer the legal consequences. Burke’s comments are a hard call to faithfulness to all those Catholic employers who have been outraged by the mandate but might have been tempted to justify their ultimate compliance with it with that perennial of excuses: “I had no choice.”
The seriousness of Burke’s words are also a warning to the Obama administration: He is saying that Catholic employers should go out of business before they comply with the mandate. Just as opponents have said from the very beginning, the mandate does, in fact, endanger the very existence of Catholic hospitals, schools and other charitable organizations. The president had better think long and hard about whether contraception coverage is more important to him than broader health care, education and help for the poor.
Sorry, Tina, but the president doesn't need to think long and hard about that. Barack Obama started the "War Against The Church" in order to achieve that very end: To force a competitor out of business.
Every Catholic school and Catholic hospital that closes down will have to replaced by a public school or a government-ruin hospital, which will lead to the hiring of more federal employees & unionized teachers - and will necessitate, "unfortunately", steep tax hikes for all Americans who must "share in the burden". With the Catholic Church de-legitimized as well, the government eliminates their key rival for obedience. Obama and the Left know the "change" they have in store for America will offend and repulse anyone who cleaves closer to God than government, hence they must wage war upon the Throne itself in order to claim unquestioned authority over man, and begin the reign of The One.
How's that gonna work out? Poorly for all of us, I reckon. Just ask Bartleby and Loki...