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Christendom College Alumna Does Not Want to Violate Her Religious Beliefs

An alumna of Christendom College asks if being an “American Catholic” is now an oxymoron in an article on Human Events.

Sarah Halbur, the valedictorian of Christendom’s graduating class of 2013, argues that the Obama administration’s HHS mandate threatens to force her to violate her Catholic Faith by having a health insurance plan that includes coverage of abortifacients, contraception, and sterilization.

She writes:

As a Catholic who seeks to live in accord with my faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church, I believe that abortion and other anti-life measures are wrong. Many other Christians also believe as I do. However, any American who objects to paying for insurance that includes abortion will be forced to comply or be penalized…

Non-profit organizations are also subject to the HHS mandate—non-profits such as the myriad Catholic organizations that fill many needs of American society. Thousands of Catholic schools offer quality education for our children, saving the government millions of dollars each year. Hundreds of Catholic hospitals provide medical care for the sick and dying. I can hardly begin to imagine the negative consequences that our country will face if these organizations are all forced to shut down because they cannot afford to pay millions of dollars of fines to the government each year…

As a Catholic, I sincerely hope that the U.S. Supreme Court [will] rule in favor of religious liberty. And as an American, I hope that my pride in our country’s freedom won’t be trampled.

Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.

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