] “take” government money. You talk as though whatever money the government gives the Church is a gift. It is not. The government has contracts with Catholic agencies, and the money is payment for services rendered according to the terms of those contracts. Now the government wants to impose changes to the contract without re-negotiating, and you ask why not under the guise of being objective? Gimme a break. If you had a contract with someone whereby you were to do “X” and he later wanted you to do X + Y, where Y was not in the original agreement, for no additional money, what would be your response? If the Church does not accept the new terms, it is perfectly within its legal rights to refuse to perform those changes and not renew the contract that included those changes, and it is also within its rights to demand payment for the services it did render. BTW, it is also ILLEGAL for the government to demand a contractor to perform things not in the original contract, even under the promise of payment. **
In addition to this, look where this is going - Catholic hospitals currently accept patients on Medicare and Medicaid, but now the government says, “if you treat these patients and accept Medicaid/Medicare payment for the services rendered, YOU ARE TAKING FEDERAL MONEY. And now we, the government will tell you that you must do also this, that, and that, because you are taking federal money…”
So, what if the Catholic hospitals will simply drop all the Medicaid and Medicare patients in reply, and let the government keep its money… Will that be better for the Medicaid and Medicaid patients who already have a hard time finding healthcare providers, because Medicare and especially Medicaid don’t pay free market rate for services rendered?