|Loyola Marymount University in LA|
** I say not the laity since, according to polls, between 70 and 90 % of Catholics use or have used some sort of non-rhythmic contraceptive - ie the Pill, Condoms, IUD, etc..
There is a simple solution to this - opt out. Catholic Hospitals and Universities could stop accepting Federal dollars. But the deal that that Catholics have struck with the government is that they provide a resource without regards to religion. Notre Dame and St. John's Hospital do NOT discriminate based on religion - and so they are eligible for Federal funds (scholarships, federal loans, grants, medical reimbursement). With regards to hospitals, this agreement has priced out non-Catholic hospitals in many places.
All this is fine - that is the deal we have. But you don't get to change the deal. Catholic hospitals AGREED to not discriminate hiring due to religion - so you can't now yell foul that you have to provide adequate health insurance due to religious bigotry.
If you want to change the rules - change all the rules. Stop getting federal funds, start paying taxes on your land and you can do whatever you want. I know it pains some in the hierarchy to play fair, but that is freedom from state established religions too.