Last week, I had the pleasure of appearing on one of my favorite new podcasts, Dustin Faber's 16-Bit Catholic. In the two months that Dustin has been recording the podcast, he's had some great guests, including Fr. Chip Hines (@Chines on Twitter), Lisa Hendey (@LisaHendey), Kathy Schiffer (@KathySchiffer), Emmy Cecilia (@nerdwriter), Anthony Buono (@6stonejars), Dan Sealana (@catholicdan), and Jeff Geerling (@geerlingguy). I'm honored to join such an illustrious group.
Dustin and I discussed the Obama administration's contraception mandate, which led into a more wide-ranging discussion of the Church's teaching on artificial birth control. There's one important point early on in the podcast that has been the subject of very little discussion: The contraception mandate not only forces Catholic institutions (such as Catholic hospitals and Catholic colleges) to provide insurance benefits that violate Church teaching; it forces private Catholic employers to do so as well. If you're a Catholic who owns a business and offer health insurance to your employees, you fall under the mandate as well.