President McLean Discusses HHS Mandate on Relevant Radio

Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean appeared Wednesday on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” program with host Sean Herriott (stream / mp3). “As a Catholic educational institution which defines itself by its fidelity to the teaching authority of the Church, we are very concerned about this mandate, and we are determined to do the best we can to join with others in fighting the mandate and urging that it be rescinded,” said Dr. McLean. “Short of it being rescinded, we intend to cooperate with efforts both in Congress and in the judiciary to mitigate the impact of the mandate.”

Reiterating themes that he noted on last Friday’s episode of the Hugh Hewitt Radio Program, Dr. McLean added, “Some of these things that are being mandated are not only contrary to the Catholic faith, but they violate the very dictates of the Natural Law, which we know has been placed in the hearts and souls of all human beings.”

Over the course of the 20-minute interview, Dr. McLean stressed that he has received support of the entire community for the College’s principled opposition to the mandate. “I was very edified by the strong and unanimous reaction from the students in support of the College’s position on this question, and in their strength and cogency of their own objections,” he said. “I think our community here is very well unified on the question.”

Although resisting the mandate could prove costly, Dr. McLean was optimistic about the long-term consequences of this controversy. “I think this whole episode has galvanized the bishops; it has galvanized large numbers of Catholics and others across the country, and made them alert to the issues that are involved,” he said. “I think it could be, in the long run, a great teaching moment for the country as well.”

Stressing the College’s fidelity to its Catholic mission, Dr. McLean concluded by telling Relevant Radio’s listeners: “Our focus is on doing the best we can to fight the mandate, or at least getting it amended to where organizations like Thomas Aquinas College and, in fact, all faithful Catholics and citizens who believe in the free exercise of religion are able to conduct and provide health care  in a way that is faithful to their moral principles.”