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‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
The Blaze ^ | 1-30-12 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 01/30/2012 8:49:20 AM PST by netmilsmom

We’ve covered the Catholic Church’s ongoing battle with the Obama administration over contraception health care mandates for quite some time. Over the weekend, though, the stand-off took an unusual turn, as Catholic churches across America read a letter to congregants that perfectly encapsulated the church’s stance against the impending federal requirements.

The Church’s vocal arguments against the Obama administration are centered upon a Health and Human Services Department requirement that employers must include contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in health-care coverage. While this requirement doesn’t apply to houses of worship, it will force Catholic colleges, hospitals and other Christian groups to provide these drugs despite their faith-based opposition to them.

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Beck is calling for all people to see and support Catholics in this endeavor. While you may disagree with the dogma of the Catholic Church, if they take us down, it may well be you next. Prayers appreciated.
1 posted on 01/30/2012 8:49:23 AM PST by netmilsmom
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To: NYer; Salvation; narses

Ping


2 posted on 01/30/2012 8:50:31 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

Catholic hospitals and charities do very great work - and not just among other Catholics, of course.


3 posted on 01/30/2012 8:51:52 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: netmilsmom

I am not a Catholic, but I recognize that the Catholic Church is a conduit of God’s grace. I certainly will add my prayers to yours.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 8:54:35 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Gov. Perry quit for the right reasons, in the right way, at the right time. Thank you, sir.)
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To: netmilsmom

First, they came for the unborn. Then they came for the Catholics. Then,....


5 posted on 01/30/2012 8:54:53 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: netmilsmom

its time to take a stand.


6 posted on 01/30/2012 8:55:25 AM PST by PGR88
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To: netmilsmom

Shame on the Catholics who helped put Obama in office and, idiotically, didn’t see this coming.


7 posted on 01/30/2012 8:56:46 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: netmilsmom

I am so glad the Catholic Church is taking a stand on this. It would behoove all Catholics to also think about this mandate when they go to the voting booth this fall.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 8:58:50 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: netmilsmom

It will also force Catholic business owners to buy health plans that support contraception and abortion. And it will do the same to any other Christian business owners who object to being forced by the government to pay for killing babies.

And it will further undermine the health profession, which is already infiltrated with doctors and nurses and pharmacists who would just as soon kill their patients as heal them.

I know; my mother was in a nursing home, before dying a natural death at 102, and whenever she went in to the hospital for treatment, I had to argue with some doctor who wanted to persuade me that it would be cheaper to kill her. Luckily they refrained from doing it; but you cannot count on that in this expanding culture of death.

There are still plenty of faithful doctors and nurses, who support life, but they are getting fewer, and will be fewer still if these mandates are forced on us. Queen Sebelius, Obama’s choice to run his health empire, was a bosom buddy of Dr. Death, and shared the abortion wealth with him.


9 posted on 01/30/2012 8:59:47 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: netmilsmom

Thought exercise question: What happens if Catholic institutions refuse to comply and continue to offer Catholic health care anyway? Does the IRS start kicking in doors and hauling Catholics off to jail? If playing Obama’s game within the existing legal framework is fruitless, would mass street action be more effective? How about excommunicating leading Obama Administration Catholics?


10 posted on 01/30/2012 9:00:39 AM PST by Truth29
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To: netmilsmom

There is an “out”. They have another year before they have to comply. Plenty of time to elect Newt and a republican House and Senate.


11 posted on 01/30/2012 9:01:41 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: netmilsmom
...if they take us down, it may well be you next.

No doubt about it. This is precisely where will-to-power driven state supremacists always go. The destination at the end of that road is horror, slaughter and strocity.

12 posted on 01/30/2012 9:02:35 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: netmilsmom
Prayers up! We stand with you! Do not comply and do not give in.

Reference our stand at Klamath Falls for ideas should it come to that.

THE STAND AT KLAMATH FALLS

13 posted on 01/30/2012 9:02:35 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: netmilsmom
From the article:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late last year that the Church’s “conscience thing” puts woman at risk (yes, she’s a Catholic).

When is the Catholic church going to boot her sorry ass out? Plus any Kennedy who decides to run for public office.

14 posted on 01/30/2012 9:06:57 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Jeff Head

25% of all hospital beds in the US are in buildings with the word “Saint” on the door. If Obama wants a healthcare crisis, we’ll give him one. Then we have to see how he responds to the crisis he provoked. Will he pull a GM and take the hospitals over and turn their ownership over to the SEIU?


15 posted on 01/30/2012 9:08:51 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Jeff Head

25% of all hospital beds in the US are in buildings with the word “Saint” on the door. If Obama wants a healthcare crisis, we’ll give him one. Then we have to see how he responds to the crisis he provoked. Will he pull a GM and take the hospitals over and turn their ownership over to the SEIU?


16 posted on 01/30/2012 9:09:21 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Truth29
How about excommunicating leading Obama Administration Catholics?

This should have been done a long time ago, or at least restrict their receiving the Eucharist.

17 posted on 01/30/2012 9:09:21 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: netmilsmom

BUMP


18 posted on 01/30/2012 9:09:29 AM PST by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: Truth29

The truth of the matter is that government enforces its will through violence.

If the church really will not comply, either with the mandate or the consequences for not complying with the mandate,

eventually violence will be used by the government.

We’ll see how far this non-compliance goes.


19 posted on 01/30/2012 9:09:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: netmilsmom
         Hey 0bama!


As for me and my House, We Will Not Comply!!!

20 posted on 01/30/2012 9:10:23 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Truth29
How about excommunicating leading Obama Administration Catholics?

Sebellius has already been effectively excommunicated; she has been publicly instructed by her bishop NOT to present herself for Holy Communion.

She shows no outward sign of repentance. Quite the contrary, in fact.

21 posted on 01/30/2012 9:14:28 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: MrB

Violence will simply make the Church stronger.


22 posted on 01/30/2012 9:20:45 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: netmilsmom

Prayers up that this is reversed.


23 posted on 01/30/2012 9:22:47 AM PST by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: Cicero

Or it may drive the faithful doctors and nurses OUT.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 9:23:33 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Psalm 144

What a beautiful thing to say! Thank you so much!

Lord Love you!


25 posted on 01/30/2012 9:25:24 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Jeff Head
Absolutely, Jeff - if we fail to stand and support the cause of life, then we give the upper hand to those who worchip death. As always, there is far more to this than meets the eye. I'll repost what I have written on this subject before, taken int he context of abortion and 0bamacare:

Abortion – nothing less than the extinguishing of a human life – calls into question a much larger issue, and that is the fundamental issue of the right to life itself. “Progressives” (and the use of scare quotes is intentional) prefer to subsume the value of this individual pre-born life under a cloud of group rights. For to acknowledge the right of the unborn to live is to acknowledge that an individual life has intrinsic value. And that is pure poison to the progressive utopianist meme.

I submit that the horrors of the last 150 years are the direct result of the rise of the will to power and its usurpation of the role that individual conscience, moral restraint and religious sanction used to play in Western human affairs. It is about the desire for the power to control the lives of others down to the smallest details. The great irony is that this interventionist (and ultimately, eliminationist) mindset is precisely what so-called progressives accuse conservatives of harboring. Those who call themselves “progressives” above all desire to wield the power to decide who lives and who dies.

Here is the Vulcan mind-meld translation of the core premise of the utopianist, “progressive” Left: ultimately, you have no right to live. By their lights, you are no more than a thing, an animal, or a machine. Therefore, you have no right to the fruits of your labors. You are a ‘resource’ at best. Or you are in their way and must be eliminated. There’s the last 200 years of leftist philosophy and its practical consequences in a nutshell.

The progressive refusal to acknowledge the value of individual human life over an evanescent conflation of group rights and collectivist ideology is one of the principal reasons why no peace, no accommodation, no compromise can ever be made with them. Theirs is a reckless, willful and fundamentally evil disregard for the most fundamental of all of our rights: and that is the individual’s right to live.

This premise is, has been, and continues to be central to the justification for the wholesale slaughter of millions of human beings – and the enslavement and impoverishment of hundreds of millions more. This essay addresses the idea of killers without conscience and the pedigree of their ideas. These ideas are on display in the details of 0bamacare, for example. 0bamacare represents the deliberate and willful devaluation of human life – the reduction of people to mere objects. That is the next step on the way to physician-assisted suicide and, if it is not stopped, government-mandated euthanasia.

And worse. Far, far worse.

But that’s precisely the intent of the so-called “Obamacare” legislation. Why else would modernity’s Left seek to ‘move the goalposts’ that define life? And further, to define the value of individual life by its utility? Utility?!? – to whom or for what? We have moved from questioning whether any sane human being should be allowed to make such decisions to dithering over who will get to decide. This is monstrous. And if any of you feel that this is hyperbole or tinfoil hattery, consider the source of such ideas.

Listen to Dr. Peter Singer speaking blithely of extending that ‘right to choose’ to children as old as 28 months! Why? Because Singer argues that at that age, well… they’re not fully conscious and capable of reason! Is this some crackpot who no one takes seriously? Hardly. Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. His ideas are universally applauded within academia.

Why else would we hear of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel – Rahm Emanuels brother – also an ‘advisor’ to 0bama, advocating the assessment of the relative ‘quality of life’ under the aegis of his innocuous-sounding “Complete Lives” program? Emanuel’s guidelines are strictly utilitarian, and are based in part upon the notion of an individual’s ‘value to society’.

Emmanuel cites this entry from the Jan. 31, 2009 edition of the British medical journal Lancet:

“When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” This may be justified by public opinion, since “broad consensus favours adolescents over very young infants and young adults over very elderly people.”

“Strict youngest-first allocation directs scarce resources predominantly to infants. This approach seems incorrect. The death of a 20-year-old woman is intuitively worse than that of a 2-month-old girl, even though the baby has had less life. The 20-year-old has a much more developed personality than the infant, and has drawn upon the investment of others to begin as-yet-unfulfilled projects…."

"Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments…. It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies, and worse still when an adolescent does.”

Again, this is an argument for the value of human life based upon its social utility and it is not difficult to trace this view of human life back to its pedigree in early-20th century eugenics. Dr. Emanuel claims further that this system will not be subject to corruption – this fantasy assumes that all men are angels and the millennium has arrived. Systems such as this one, once entrenched, are easily co-opted by fiat and placed in the service of those who wish to arrogate the power of life and death to themselves. Dr. Emanuel offers the following as commentary to the Lancet article:

“Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years. Treating 65-year-olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”

Some persist in crediting Dr. Emanuel with an unblinking and fearless rationality – that will all play a happy tune for high-minded progressives until they face the real and practical application of his utilitarian praxis. Say, for example, when the government panel – not you or your doctor – decides that your premature newborn infant will receive only painkillers because society has nothing invested in the baby and the calculus of the cost-benefit trade-off indicates that the care required will cost too much and have too uncertain an outcome. Or, when you discover that the treatment for your particular malady is now ‘off the menu’ because it hasn’t met one of the many new Federally-mandated prerequisites for its use and application. A paperwork detail, to be sure. But too late for you. Or, when you find out that the cancer that your mom survived in her sixties is no longer being treated because, after all, it doesn’t serve the common good to spend limited resources on the elderly – excuse me, elderly units as 0bamacase now defines them – in the last few months of their life, does it? But they’ll doubtless take comfort in the knowledge that those resources will go to “people of worth,” as genocide enthusiast and Obama advisor Audrey Thomason defines them. Won’t they?

Consider the world you'll inhabit when:
1. Those goalposts defining the beginning and the end of life at last converge?
2. The decision as to who lives and who dies eventually passes from individuals and to the state – as it most surely will if death-worshipping progressives are allowed to have their way?

If that seems a tad, well, extreme to some of you, consider this: there are those who believe that Dr. Emanuel deserves a medal for his fearless and ‘enlightened’ rationality. Dr. Singer’s prescriptions for infanticide without guilt are warmly applauded in the halls of academe.

These ideas have consequences: they pave the road to a nightmare world of slaughter and atrocity – and if you don’t think so, then you haven’t been paying attention to the history of the last century. The nudge, the gradual squeeze – and then the shove into submission and oblivion. This is the foundation and the prerequisite for a world in which neither love, nor mercy, nor hope survive. It is a world where all of your hopes, aspirations and dreams, all of your love of country and family count for naught, for those hopes and aspirations – and you – will be extinguished as if you never had existed. Because you surely must be if these will-to-power driven monsters are to rule without fear of opposition.

Pope John Paul II in his 1995 work, The Gospel of Life made this observation concerning the culture of death that is rapidl;y overtaking our Western and uniquely American civilization:

This reality is characterized by the emergence of a culture which denies solidarity and in many cases takes the form of a veritable “culture of death”. This culture is actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned with efficiency. Looking at the situation from this point of view, it is possible to speak in a certain sense of a war of the powerful against the weak: a life which would require greater acceptance, love and care is considered useless, or held to be an intolerable burden, and is therefore rejected in one way or another. A person who, because of illness, handicap or, more simply, just by existing, compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more favored tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or eliminated. In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed. This conspiracy involves not only individuals in their personal, family or group relationships, but goes far beyond, to the point of damaging and distorting, at the international level, relations between peoples and States.

History teaches us that there is only one way the monsters who seek to impose such a hellish existence on this world can be stopped. Only one way.

26 posted on 01/30/2012 9:25:32 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: MEGoody
It would behoove all Catholics to also think about this mandate when they go to the voting booth this fall.

Not sure it will help. At Mass on Sunday I was looking around at the congregation while the Priest was talking about this issue. Most did not seem to care one way or the other. Sadly, many Catholics have a disconnect from what the church teaches and what they practice in real life and I would bet many of the women at the Mass in child bearing age are on birth control (the pill). Heck, half the people in the pews around me I know are divorced-some 2-3 times.

27 posted on 01/30/2012 9:26:10 AM PST by trailhkr1
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Shame on the Catholics who helped put Obama in office and, idiotically, didn’t see this coming.

I thought of that at Mass this Sunday. As the letter was read, I looked out over my liberal Catholic congregation and thought, "You dumb-asses. This is what you voted for". Maybe this year I'll see a few less Obama bumper stickers in the parking lot.

28 posted on 01/30/2012 9:27:14 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Jeff Head; All

Thank you and thank you everyone.

My prayers are for all of you who fight proudly.

God Bless us. Each and every one of us.


29 posted on 01/30/2012 9:28:19 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Evil, or just Stupid?

October/November 2009 and ObamaCare was stalled in the House, the main sticking point being government funded abortions. There were enough Dems opposed to abortion that refused to vote for the ObamaCare if it contained any abortion language that it would not pass.

Representative Stupak (D) MI introduced his amendment that prohibited any government money from ObamaCare bill being used to fund abortions. This essentially would end all abortions, as no medical procedures outside the ObamaCare System can be done. No going to a doctor and paying him directly for anything. Thus, with his amendment, ALL abortions would be illegal.

This amendment to the House bill, if it passed, would give the above ‘Pro-Life’ Democrats a green light to vote for the ObamaCare bill.

Not enough Democrats supported the Stupak Amendment for it to pass. Many Democrats were vociferously opposed to it. It could only pass with Republican votes.

National Right to Life favored the Stupak Amendment, and insisted that Republicans vote for it. Further, they threatened any Republican who didn’t vote for it with their active opposition to that Republican during the 2010 fall election.

The Republicans caved, even those who could see the eventual outcome, right down to the last man. One hundred percent voted for the Stupak Amendment, along with a bunch of Dems who were opposed to abortions. Stupak handily passed.

Nobody believed the Amendment would stick; eventually it would/will be overridden in some fashion and Government funded abortion would become part of ObamaCare. Abortion is the Prime Sacrament of the Left, and will not be denied government funding, let alone be made illegal.

With a green light, the ’Pro-Life’ Dems could vote for ObamaCare, and although many hard-line Leftists were angry, enough of them also could see the end game, and agreed to vote pass ObamaCare.

A couple days later ObamaCare passed the House.

Everyone knew how this would play out, and it did. Rush spoke about it on his show.

I am of the opinion even National Right to Life knew it would play out this way. I’m not aware of anyone who thought otherwise. That leaves us with two opinions of their leadership;

The NRTL is Stupid Strategy;

1. They are so locked into their ‘stop abortion at all costs’ viewpoint that they can’t operate with a strategy that goes beyond 24 hours. Liberals like to say that ‘conservatives are stupid and easily lead’, this situation is circumstantial proof that Leftists are right from time to time. This is the NRTL Stupid Strategy.
OR

The NRTL is Evil Strategy;

2. They were in cahoots with the Pro-Abort crowd on this, and were complicit in getting ObamaCare passed in the House, ObamaCare which will include a monthly premium from all of us to fund abortions. This would be the NRTL Evil Strategy.

Either way, too stupid, or just evil, they are unfit to lead the movement to reduce or end abortions. Their thuggish actions have brought us to the brink of the enslavement of 300 million Americans, ending of the most advanced medical care in the entire history of the world, and will lead, ironically, to Chinese style government mandated and government funded abortions.

I am unaware of any other organization which has played such a pivotal role against Americans and babies in the ObamaCare fight as National Right to Life has.


30 posted on 01/30/2012 9:29:56 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: netmilsmom; All

This southern Baptist RN stands with the Catholics on this issue!


31 posted on 01/30/2012 9:35:59 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make man into God but to restore fellowship of the Godhead with man.)
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To: netmilsmom

The letter was’nt read in the church I attended in the Detroit diocese and from other web sites that I read,not in many other dioceses as well.The foxes are guarding the chicken coop.


32 posted on 01/30/2012 9:37:30 AM PST by Clint Lippo
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To: netmilsmom

The letter wasn’t read in the church that I attended in the diocese of Detroit and from other web sites that I read, not in other dioceses as well. The foxes are guarding the hen house.


33 posted on 01/30/2012 9:41:51 AM PST by Clint Lippo
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To: netmilsmom

All Newt has to say is “When elected president, I will immediately issue an EO banning the HHS’s anti conscience Contraceptive rule”....and the election will be his to lose!

I wonder if Myth Slime oppurtunist Bucket will say it first...!


34 posted on 01/30/2012 9:42:10 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make man into God but to restore fellowship of the Godhead with man.)
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To: Clint Lippo

Sorry for the double. Thought I had deleted the first.


35 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:25 AM PST by Clint Lippo
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To: Clint Lippo

We didn’t hear it either, (Sterling Heights parish) but I thought it might be just because we are a really orthodox parish. No Obama stickers in our parking lot. In fact, our pastor called out Obama about the “Born Alive” act before the election.

The mandate is up on the Website for the Archdiocese. Maybe it will be read next weekend.


36 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:58 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom
The Catholic Church has supported the leftist agenda for decades with the single exception of the life issue.

And they have carefully looked the other way for decades as nominally Catholic Democrat pols voted for "pro-choice" legislation and judges, again and again and again and again.

Now they get concerned, when it may be too late. I'm having a hard time working up any sympathy.

37 posted on 01/30/2012 9:46:36 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: mdmathis6

Thank you!
You have a brave fight being in the medical field.


38 posted on 01/30/2012 9:47:08 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Notary Sojac

>>I’m having a hard time working up any sympathy. <<

If you can’t work up sympathy, then work up concern.
We are many and many are working from within to fight the liberals. We will stand by you if they come for you next, but we can’t if we are shot down now.


39 posted on 01/30/2012 9:52:14 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

Prayers up!

It should be a free country! Are kosher restaurants next going to be required to sell pork? I wish Obama would try that one.


40 posted on 01/30/2012 9:54:09 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: netmilsmom
"While you may disagree with the dogma of the Catholic Church, if they take us down, it may well be you next. Prayers appreciated."

Roger that. This is a Christian issue not just a Catholic issue. If the force you to subsidize contraception they can force you to subsidize abortion (generally used as a form of birth control) and euthanasia (death panels) or anything else. This is an area where we must put our foot down and ask "are we going to obey God or man?"

41 posted on 01/30/2012 9:54:38 AM PST by circlecity
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To: netmilsmom

Bump for later. I am collecting the names of these Bishops.


42 posted on 01/30/2012 9:55:55 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: netmilsmom

In today’s Catholic Reflections, Jesus drives out evil spirits...the people feared Jesus, & begged Him to leave them. Why would they not want Jesus to stay? “Perhaps the price for such liberation from the power of evil & sin was more then they wanted to pay” These are today’s cafeteria Catholics.


43 posted on 01/30/2012 9:57:13 AM PST by heavy9
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To: netmilsmom
Here is the letter that was read at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Johns Creek, GA. A friend heard it at the Sat. 5:00 PM Mass and she said it was met with applause. At the 12:15 PM Mass on Sun. it was read (I am not currently a Catholic, but do visit the Catholic Church and was there to hear the letter read)and met with silence. This letter was emailed to me by a parishioner early Sat. afternoon. Letter from Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory To Be Read at all Masses in Parishes in the Archdiocese of Atlanta During the Weekend of January 28 – 29, 2012 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am writing to you on a matter of grave moral concern -- freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception.š Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write.š And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies. In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.š And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so).š The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply. I stand in unity with Catholic bishops throughout the United States and other religious leaders vowing to fight this mandate. Along with my brother bishops and other religious leaders, I insist that this is a direct attack on our religious freedom and our First Amendment rights. I will work with the bishops, other religious leaders and our fellow Americans to remove this unjust regulation. If the administration will not rescind this violation of our First Amendment rights, we must call on our elected leaders to do so. I ask you to pray that wisdom and justice may prevail, and work together to restore our religious liberty. Please join me in continuing to follow the development of this important issue and contacting our elected representatives to seek a just resolution. Through our Georgia Bulletin, archdiocesan and Georgia Catholic Conference websites and other media, I will keep you up to date on the progress of this important issue. Sincerely yours in Christ, + Wilton D. Gregory Archbishop of Atlanta
44 posted on 01/30/2012 9:58:30 AM PST by Wiz-Nerd
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To: Graybeard58

People like Pelosi, Sibelius, Biden who think they are Catholics have really excommunicated themselves already with their support for abortion.


45 posted on 01/30/2012 10:01:13 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mdmathis6

You miss the point. These particular regs won’t stand up in court and will be overturned.

The prior issue is Obamacare, which placed all this power in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.

I have no confidence whatsoever that either Gingrich or Romney will bust their butts to repeal Obamacare.


46 posted on 01/30/2012 10:16:42 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: circlecity

Wake up. These regulations are not about contraception but about abortion. They have redefined “contraception” to include RU-486. They want the chemical abortion pill not only over-the-counter available but want it free of charge in all health insurance plans.

They label it contraception in order to drive a wedge between Catholic pro-lifers and non-Catholic pro-lifers.

If non-Catholic pro-lifers react complacently (”I think contraceptions okay, what’s the fuss here) they will without realizing it facilitate their own destruction.

They came for the Catholics and I was silent because I wasn’t one of those silly anti-contraception Catholics.”

Then they came for me.

Wake up. Contraception means abortion, today. For them, as long as the embryo has not implanted it’s a case of contraception. Is that so hard to grasp? They have redefined contraception because too many Protestant pro-lifers think contraception is just wonderful.


47 posted on 01/30/2012 10:20:33 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Houghton M.

That’s pretty much the point I was making. I’m glad you agree.


48 posted on 01/30/2012 10:26:39 AM PST by circlecity
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To: MrB

All they have to do is threaten the tax exempt status, and all will fall in line.


49 posted on 01/30/2012 10:27:48 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Shame on the Catholics who helped put Obama in office and, idiotically, didn’t see this coming.

Sadly many label themselves 'Catholic' while not actually believing or following the teachings of the Church so for them Obama doesn't mean much, cause they are liberals at heart anyway, many examples can be found among 'rat politicians themselves.

REAL Catholics will always oppose the culture of death, that is liberalism.
50 posted on 01/30/2012 10:35:14 AM PST by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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