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T H E N AP A L E D G E R

Dear Friends,

It’s my pleasure to share with you Napa Legal Institute’s July newsletter. We have many
exciting developments to share with you as we shift our focus from brand awareness and start-
up operations to content creation.

Below you will find a summary of last month’s launch event at Catholic University’s Busch
School of Business; the announcement of our healthcare working group; an abstract of our
next white paper; and an announcement of NLI’s expansion to new office space in downtown
Washington, D.C.

We are grateful for the many friends we’ve made since the official launch of our organization
earlier this year. NLI is here to support Catholic culture-building in the 21st century, so that
those searching for the truth can do so without the burden of fear or secrecy.

Gratefully Yours,

Josh Holdenried
Executive Director

“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall
reap our harvest, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Summary of our May 2nd Launch Event in Washington, D.C.

On May 2nd Napa Legal Institute launched its nationwide network of attorneys, accountants,
and nonprofit professionals committed to Catholic culture-building in the 21st Century. For
those of you who were able to attend, we hope you left our event renewed and engaged as we
prepare to undertake this important venture.

NLI began the evening with Holy Mass in Saint


Michael the Archangel Chapel, located in the newly renovated Maloney Hall. The chapel
wasconsecrated in March to embody the intersection of prayer and work, “offering students,
faculty, and staff the chance to pause for reflection during their busy schedules and participate
in the sacramental life of the church.”

The chapel is located at the center of the Busch School of Business to convey the importance
of integrating faith and professional life, which was the theme of our event. In an increasingly
secularized world, it’s important for Catholic professionals to recognize the potential of their
unique skillsets. From the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity:

“In regard to the Christian renewal of the temporal order, the laity should be instructed in
the true meaning and value of temporal things, both in themselves and in relation to all
the aims of the human person. They should be trained in the right use of things and the
organization of institutions, attentive always to the common good in line with the
principles of the moral and social teaching of the Church.” (Apostolicam Actuositatem).
Our panelists—which included NLI board
members Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (Thomistic
Institute), Leonard Leo (Federalist Society),
and Bill Mumma (Becket)—shared their
personal spiritual journeys as they relate to
their professional lives. Specifically, they
highlighted the need to embrace the virtue of
Christian courage as a means toward inspiring
others. As Father Dominic asked, “are you the
same person on Sunday morning as you are
at the office on Monday afternoon?”

In the same way that spiritual and professional integration is an important endeavor, so too is it
important that we use our professional talents and skillsets in support of spiritual
entrepreneurs—men and women who devote their lives to establishing and leading lay
apostolates dedicated to the New Evangelization.

As Bill Mumma noted earlier this year, “liberty for these apostolates also requires their ability to
comply with standards of governance. They demand knowledge of taxes, corporate structure
and a tangle of state, local and federal labor laws. Napa Legal Institute fills that need by
providing lay leaders the education and tools necessary for protecting their missions.”

For this reason, Napa Legal Institute launched a nationwide network of Catholic professionals
dedicated to advancing religious liberty through corporate sophistication and legal resources
for Catholic nonprofits. We aim to do this by creating a library of nonprofit resources;
launching working groups focused on issues such as employment law, tax exemption, planned
and charitable giving; providing resources for Catholic professionals seeking to integrate their
faith and work; and more.

NLI Healthcare Working Group


We are pleased to announce the official launch of NLI’s Healthcare Working Group, chaired by
Louis Brown.

Louis is the Executive Director of Christ Medicus, a 501(c)(3)


Catholic nonprofit organization. His mission is to share Jesus Christ’s
healing love in health care, to mobilize the Catholic health care
movement to defend life, religious freedom, and the dignity of the poor
and vulnerable, and to work for a person-centered health care system.

Below is an abstract of a forthcoming white paper on guidance for


nonprofits that wish to make Christ-centered healthcare decisions. The
full white paper will be available soon and be uploaded to our website
and shared with NLI’s mailing list.

Interested in joining an NLI working group or know someone who should? Please email
Executive Director Josh Holdenried at jholdenried@napalegalinstitute.org.

ABSTRACT
Making a Christ-Centered Health Care Decision
The challenge, and the opportunity, for every Catholic nonprofit is to make Jesus Christ the
center of every decision. An executive of a large Catholic nonprofit once said she believed her
organization needed to have a ‘Catholic worldview’ in deciding the healthcare options to offer
its employees. She is correct. Catholic nonprofits have an obligation to discern God’s will in
whether they can afford to financially contribute to their employees’ healthcare needs and to
discern the kind of healthcare to which they should contribute. Catholic nonprofits should also
understand their employer healthcare obligations, if any, under federal and state law.

The context for any Catholic nonprofit discerning healthcare options is the right of religious
freedom and the right of conscience in healthcare, both of which are under severe attack. In
nearly every way imaginable, forces within our society are seeking to eliminate the right of
Catholic employers, hospitals, medical professionals, and healthcare entities to authentically
live out the Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae). The natural law, as recognized by the U.S.
Constitution, secures the right of religious freedom and the individual right of
conscience. However, various policy proposals that would establish a federal abortion
mandate and eliminate life-affirming healthcare options are currently enjoying significant
political and cultural support. As Catholic nonprofits move forward with providing healthcare
options for their employees, these nonprofits must maintain a truly Catholic worldview and
choose life-affirming healthcare that is faithful to Jesus Christ.

With that context in mind, when choosing among various health care options, a Catholic
nonprofit should focus on ensuring that employees have access to actual medical care
consistent with Catholic social teaching. Additionally, any healthcare option that a Catholic
nonprofit offers should be consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic
Health Care Services issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Catholic nonprofits should consider various health care options, including:

1. Health insurance plans,

2. Direct primary care,

3. Christian health sharing, and

4. Medical savings accounts such as health savings accounts (HSAs), among others.

Regarding health insurance plans, nonprofits should look for those plans that are affordable
to employees and avoid deductibles that employees cannot realistically pay. Direct primary
care options, where patients monthly pay their doctor directly to provide for their family’s
primary care needs, presents a great option for certain employees because they are usually
affordable and enable the patient and the doctor to be directly engaged. Health sharing is a
beautiful and affordable option that gives the employee freedom, responsibility, and control in
their health care while bringing them into a community of Christians directly praying for and
supporting each other in their medical needs. Likewise,medical savings accounts such as
HSAs are a great option because they also empower the nonprofit’s employee to be directly
engaged and responsible for their healthcare in a manner that incentivizes a healthier lifestyle.

New Office Space


To accommodate our growing team, NLI is adding additional office space. While we are still
located at the Dominican House of Studies at Catholic University, we are now expanding to
downtown Washington, D.C. (1730 M Street, NW), where we will share office space with the
Ethics and Public Policy Center. We will be four blocks from the White House and across the
street from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Our staff will be occupying the new space
starting August 1st, so for those of you in the D.C. area, stay tuned for a welcome reception in
the near future!

A Small Society with Big Impact

When he was Father Josef Ratzinger, future Pope Benedict XVI said of the Church in a 1969
radio broadcast that, “as the number of her adherents diminishes, so [too will she] lose many
of her social privileges.” She will become “a small society” that will “make much bigger
demands on the initiative of her individual members.”

Napa Legal Institute recognizes this reality and seeks to equip and prepare professionals and
nonprofits so that our “small society” can rely on the initiative and expertise of our individual
members. To embrace those who, “will discover a hope that is meant for them, an answer for
which they have always been searching in secret.”

Quote of the Month


“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will
find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”
J.R.R Tolkien