- In 2010, nearly 62% of its revenue came directly from the US Government.
- The rest of their revenue was tax-free, costing the taxpayers millions of dollars in revenues.
Every single American, Catholic or not, pays the Catholic Church right out of his or her own pocket, yet if some in the hierarchy have their way, their hospitals will turn away all who fail their religious purity test, and even some that do.
The Catholic Church has waged a war on the US Government and specifically the Obama administration because the administration is requiring that insurance companies cover birth control for employees of not predominently religious institutions, such as hospitals and schools…institutions that serve the general public and employ the general public, not just Catholics.
The argument from the Catholic Church is that the administration is interfering with their religious liberty, while the Church ignores the liberty of its employees. They are also selectively forgetting all the other laws that prohibit religious institutions from doing whatever the hell they want, starting with laws against molesting children.
That doesn’t stop them from holding their breath till the country turns blue. They are threatening to turn away all non-Catholics from Catholic hospitals and even worse, close them all down.
In a statement that would put most drama queens to shame, the Archdiocese of Washington had this to say about the issue:
“1. Our more than 600 hospitals nationwide, which will need to stop non-Catholics at the emergency room door and say, ‘We are only allowed by the government to heal Catholics.’
“2. Our schools, which will be required to say to non-Catholic parents, ‘We are only allowed by the government to educate Catholics.’
“3. Our shelters, on cold nights, which will be required to say to the homeless who are non-Catholics, ‘We are only allowed by the government to shelter Catholics.’
“4. Our food pantries, which will be forced to say to non-Catholics, ‘the government allows us only to satisfy the hunger of Catholics.’ ”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has already threatened that they will stop feeding the poor.
A few months ago, Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George went even further.
“What will happen if the HHS regulations are not rescinded?” he asked. A faithful ministry must choose between selling itself to a non-Catholic group, paying “exorbitant annual fines” until going bankrupt, breaking its ties to the Church’s “moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop,” or closing down.
There are currently 600 Catholic hospitals in the US (more than one in 10 American hospitals). One in six Americans will visit a Catholic hospital this year. For many Americans, a Catholic hospital is the only hospital within a reasonable distance. Millions of people will be left virtually without healthcare, simply for not being Catholic.
What will happen if the Catholic Church continues this war on the American people? They will be forced into bankruptcy. Taxpayer dollars could dry up. Their tax exempt status could be at risk. People typically don’t take kindly to being bullied, especially by a church that they are supporting, yet have no allegiance to.