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Fr. Bill Peckman on the HHS Mandate

What to do in the face of evil:

Our Catholic Faith has never been one that looked to run away from the world into its own ghetto. From our very start, we have sought to engage the world in a positive way that helps to lift up the culture towards positive ends. Over the centuries, Catholics have been responsible for the creation of the university system, developed the idea of the hospital, of hospice, and attended to the health care of those around us as matter of our Catholic principles rooted in the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy. From these same principles we took care of our own and reached out a helping hand towards any and all in need.

In this country, long before the federal government got involved, we had associations such as the Knights of Columbus, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Catholic Worker movement, numerous hospitals, orphanages, schools and universities to answer the needs of health, welfare, and education. We always strive to do these in line with our Catholic principles. This isn’t to say there hasn’t been neglect, abuse, or other human malignancies that have crept in from time to time, but the Catholic Church still remains the most charitable organization in this country and world. We have been long looking out for the welfare, education, and health of people long before this country ever existed
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