Another perspective on ad orientem--the priest leading
She should just go apostate.
That was such a lame response from Sebelius. She portrayed the policy as having been reviewed, so even if she is not competent to defend the review she should should throw her staff under the bus the way she did. The woman is feckless.
As I noted whn Fr. D posted this wo his FB page yesterday: Gowdy is obviously grandstanding and out to score points off Sebelius, but despite that, his legal analysis is highly accurate, and the ignorance she shows of the Constitution, as well as her "meh" attitude towards it are contemptible. I'm to the point that whenever I hear anyone utter the hackneyed phrase "separation of church and state" in the same breath as the word "Constitution," I immediately write him (or in this case her) as an ignoramus. The phrase isn't in the Constitution and doesn't accurately express either the actual situation in America or the First Amendment ideal, and the people who use the term don't even understand what it means. And yet one of them is promulgating this directive and talking all about balance. To go by Sebelius's statements in this clip, her knowledge of Church teaching is as impoverished as her understanding of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses.
I think that is the non-Establishment clause...
Anon--In constitutional parlance it's normally referred to as the Establishment Clause, but your name does make more sense.
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