miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2014

Mother Provincial Loraine Speaks after HHS Hearing

As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself. We have done this for over 175 years because of our faith in God.

But now the government demands we choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. We cannot do that and we should not have to. It is a choice that violates our nation's historic commitment to ensure that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in their lives. But the government forces us to either violate our faith or take millions of dollars that we raised by begging for the elderly poor and instead pay fines to the IRS.

We are not asking for special treatment. The government exempts huge corporations, small businesses, and other religious ministries from what they are imposing on us--we are simply asking for the same treatment so we can be left alone to care for the elderly poor. We are thankful that the court has heard our case and for the work of the Becket Fund, and we prayerfully await the judges' decision.

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