Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Catholic Church Sues the Obama Administration for "Religious Liberty"


BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame--And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses and Organizations--Sue Obama Administration
By Terence P. Jeffrey
May 21, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - The Archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the University of Notre Dame, and 40 other Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The dioceses and organizations, in different combinations, are filing 12 different lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country. 
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has established a special website--preservereligiousfreedom.org--to explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.  

The suits filed by the Catholic organizations focus on the regulation that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last August and finalized in January that requires virtually all health-care plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can cause abortions.  [And this is what the lawsuit should be about - religious freedom.  But the bishops have to talk to the public about much more than their constitutional rights.] 
The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and that Catholics should not be involved in them. Thus, the regulation would require faithful Catholics and Catholic organizations to act against their consciences and violate the teachings of their faith.  [Wouldn't it be nice to hear the bishops say this?] 
Earlier, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had called the regulation an "unprecedented attack on religious liberty" and asked the Obama administration to rescind it. [Why not also mention that the Obama administration is promoting evil?  I guess that is just too politically incorrect.  Some people would probably be offended by such a statement, and we wouldn't want to offend anyone, would we?]
“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation with the Congress--and we’ll keep at it--but there's still no fix," Cardinal Dolan, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement released by the conference this morning.  [When are the bishops going to learn that you can't negotiate with the devil?  You need to just stand up to him and state the truth.]
"Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now," the cardinal said. "Though the Conference is not a party to the lawsuits, we applaud this courageous action by so many individual dioceses, charities, hospitals and schools across the nation, in coordination with the law firm of Jones Day. It is also a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty. [But let's not say anything about contraception being evil] It's also a great show of the diversity of the Church's ministries that serve the common good and that are jeopardized by the mandate--ministries to the poor, the sick, and the uneducated, to people of any faith or no faith at all.”  [What about stating that contraception is inherently evil and that is why we oppose it?  Is it at all possible for the bishops to say this?] 
Cardinal Dolan's New York Archdiocese filed suit today in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. Joining the archdiocese as plaintiffs in the suit are the Catholic Health Care System, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre, and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. 
In their suit, these groups name HHS Secretary Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and their departments as defendants.
The archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is being joined in its lawsuit by Catholic Charities of the Washington Archdiocese, the Consortium of Catholic Academies of the Archdiocese of Washington (which includes four parochial schools), Archbishop Carroll High School, and the Catholic University of America. 
"This morning, the Archdiocese of Washington filed a lawsuit to challenge the mandate, recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that fundamentally redefines the nation’s long-standing definition of religious ministry and requires our religious organizations to provide their employees with coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization, even if doing so violates their religious beliefs," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said in an open letter posted online this morning. "Just as our faith compels us to uphold the liberty and dignity of others, so too, we must defend our own."  [Here comes the statement by Cardinal Wuerl] 
The Bishops Are Not Even Teaching Catholics
About the Evils of Birth Conrol 
"The lawsuit in no way challenges either women’s established legal right to obtain and use contraception or the right of employers to provide coverage for it if they so choose," said Cardinal Wuerl. "This lawsuit is about religious freedom."  [Yes, the lawsuit is about religious freedom, but how about telling people at the same time about the evils of contraception?  When are we going to hear that?]
"The First Amendment enshrines in our nation’s Constitution the principle that religious organizations must be able to practice their faith free from government interference," Cardinal Wuerl said. 
Cardinal Wuerl, doesn't practicing your faith mean actually being unafraid to preach the doctrines of the Catholic Church? What good is religious freedom if you don't use it to actually practice your religion?
 
Poll showing that 77% of Catholic women
support employers supplying birth control
I can only reiterate what I have said in the past. In many ways, the bishops have only themselves to blame that they are being threatened with the loss of their religious liberty.   The Bishops in the last 50 years have almost never preached the Catholic teaching regarding the inherently evil nature of contraception.  It has been shown that 98% of Catholic women have used birth control.  That shows an utter failure on the part of the church to even teach her own members, much less the public at large.  And now we are seeing the consequences of this failure in our government trying to force the Church to go against her own teachings. 

Even now, the bishops still are not telling the public about the evils of birth control.  They are making this entire fight about "religious liberty."  Is this what our Lord would do?  Somehow, sadly, I don't think so.  The bishops say they will not compromise with Obama, but they have already compromised by making this issue solely about religious liberty and not also about the inherent evils of birth control.  If the bishops cannot find the courage to teach about the evils of birth control, then they have already lost this fight, and who knows how many millions of souls with it.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Still Think You Have A Real Choice?

I have posted a few times now that there is no real difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and that we have basically been given no choice in the presidential race.  Another story has now come out about Mitt Romney which I have posted below and which, sadly, supports the fact that Romney and Obama are no different from one another.  A fundraiser was held for Mitt Romney by the manufacturer of the morning after pill.  Does it get any more apparent than this?  Yet, according to the story, there are still "conservative" groups who say, yea well, Mitt Romney is still our guy because anyone will be better than Obama.  When is the average Joe citizen going to realize that we have been had, that there is only one power in control, and it is not friendly to us, to say the least!

The following article is from lifesitenews.com, to whom I give great credit for even publishing this story.  As stated in the article, conservative blogs have generally kept their head in the sand and continue to repeat the the mantra, "Anyone but Obama."  They are all in for a rude awakening if Romney is elected. 
Mitt Romney holds fundraiser with manufacturer of Morning After Pill

by Ben Johnson

MIAMI, FLORIDA, May 17, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frost’s company.

The pharmaceutical executive’s residence was one of several stops scheduled to increase Romney’s war chest during a two-day swing through Florida.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” Brian Camenker, director of the Massachusetts-based pro-family organization MassResistance told LifeSiteNews.com. “You wouldn’t see someone who was really pro-life doing a fundraiser with somebody who helped the abortion industry.”  [It's a pretty good bet that someone opposed to abortion will not take money from people who destroy innocent, defenseless innocent life.  And anyone who tells you otherwise is either living in a fool's paradise or lying to you.]
Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, didn't seem troubled by the fundraiser saying, “What matters is whether a President Romney will end all taxpayer support for abortion-inducing drugs, repeal unconstitutional mandates that force private institutions to cover such drugs, and whether he will make progress in building a culture of life.”  [I have always like catholicvote.org, but they need to wise up.  Why do these people continue supporting Romney who has made his views very clear.  This is the same man who, as governor of Massachusetts, signed into law a provision (as stated below) that forced Catholic hospitals in that state to administer emergency contraception to rape victims.]

Despite repeated media denials that Plan B is an abortion-inducing drug, the manufacturer’s website admits Plan B “may inhibit implantation” of an embryo after conception “by altering the endometrium.” Federal health officials have made the same determination. Studies have linked its use to increased STDs and ectopic pregnancies.

Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance told The Daily Caller she hoped Romney would return the money. The event made her “question if Gov. Romney has a clear understanding of what it means to be pro-life.”  [C'mon, just look at his past record!  Stop kidding yourself.  Look at this video and you will know all you need to know.]

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul did not respond to a request from Bloomberg News about the visit.

Aside from a few scattered voices, the pro-life movement has been largely silent. The Christian Science Monitor noted, “By Wednesday, there wasn’t much chatter in the conservative blogosphere about the fundraiser.”  [Why are conservatives refusing to look at this issue?  Why don't they just admit that they have been had - Mitt Romney is just as liberal and pro choice in his views as Barack Obama.  In 2002, Romney pledged his support for Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects women's choice, for laws protecting the safety of abortion clinics, for increased access to the morning-after pill and for late-term abortions when the mother's health is at risk. Romney also indicated that he supported the "state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women." We have been given no choice between these two candidates!]

That dichotomy works to Romney’s advantage – and the pro-life movement’s downfall, Camenker warned. Romney is in the advantageous position of running against Obama, Camenker told LifeSiteNews, and that will solidify pro-life support behind him “because nothing he does is going to be as bad as Obama.”  [Think again!]

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney vetoed a bill providing Plan B over-the-counter and requiring hospitals to furnish it. The legislature overrode his veto – unanimously in the state senate. Subsequently, Romney ordered Catholic hospitals to offer the Morning After Pill on the legal advice of his personal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, although many legal experts felt he had no legal obligation to do so.  [As I stated above.]

"I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am
devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
Mitt Romney, 2002
Facing social conservative Rick Santorum in the primaries, Romney pledged to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood and protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers who oppose distributing what he called “abortive pills,” such as Plan B. The fundraiser did not indicate a change in position on those issues.  [Does any sane person think that the manufacturer of Plan B would hold a fund raiser for Romney if the candidate was truly committed to puting him out of business?  This has to be something out of the Twilight Zone!]

However, pro-family advocates liken it to the governor’s longstanding opposition to same-sex “marriage” (although not civil unions). Several prominent Romney donors support same-sex “marriage” and exercise far greater influence than conservatives.  [Is this a surprise to anyone?  This is the same candidate whose preference is that  "we ... continue to define marriage as the relationship between a man and a woman".  This is also the same candidate who thinks there is nothing wrong with homosexual couples adopting children.]

Romney attended at least five fundraisers in southern Florida Wednesday and Thursday, which are expected to raise $5-8 million for his campaign.
As I have stated, our salvation does not lie in politics.  The world has been given over to Satan, and he is in power, no matter who is the face of that power.  Our only salvation will be found on our knees.  The Catholic Church, the ark of salvation, must do what she has been commanded to do or evil will increase even more. 

Credit for the following video to caffeinatedthoughts.com


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