“In addition, the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel by working toward integral human development demands that her mission be kept whole – such that no social force, including government, would force a false separation between the Church’s faith and worship and her service to the poor and the needy,” he continued.
Therefore, the “struggle against the HHS mandate is not about the small print. It is about protecting the Church’s ability to serve the poor in dignity and truth, in proclaiming and acting upon the Gospel, as Pope Francis has said, ‘in its entirety.’”
The mandate poses a threat to human dignity and to the Church’s ability to serve the needy as whole persons, Archbishop Lori explained.
Such a separation of faith and service turns the poor into “objects, not subjects, of our supposed largesse,” he said.
“Robbing those we serve of the transcendent basis of their dignity and rights is simply not the path to true charity and authentic human development.”