Kara asked:

I am an adjuster for Medicaid, and as you know they fund abortions. What is my culpability processing these claims?

Tim Staples replied:

"That is what is termed material cooperation. You are not a formal cooperator and you or your material cooperation is remote enough to where you don’t have to worry about you know, finding another job. What you hear a lot about in the news today, and maybe this is a good time to use an example of what would not be acceptable as a Catholic.

What we’re hearing today and what is upon us is the HHS mandate where the government is mandating companies to directly pay for these services. For example abortifacient contraception, contraception and sterilizations. That’s where it becomes formal cooperation and it is sinful and no Catholic can comply. This is why Cardinal Dolan, the bishops have been saying we must stand strong, we can not obey that."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 17, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 3:41

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