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Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms
Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff

Posted on 02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST by raptor22

1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply.

It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members.

On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and their government said they would not comply.

Champions of the separation of church and state have let the crickets chirp on this matter.

Not silent are those such as Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. They let it be known they'll fight this assault on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.

"Unless this rule is overturned, Catholics will be compelled either to violate our consciences or to drop health care coverage for our employees ... ," Lennon wrote in his letter read by priests throughout the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland during weekend Masses.

The Obama administration is "denying to Catholics our nation's first and most fundamental freedom — that of religious liberty. We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law."

The Obama administration has in effect torn up the "conscience clause," a 30-year-old law that let health care professionals opt out of providing abortion-related services for moral reasons, sort of like a conscientious objector in time of war.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
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1 posted on 02/02/2012 5:49:09 PM PST by raptor22
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To: raptor22

Obama is a statist and totalitarian, but he is also a spineless political operator. He will only do what he thinks he can get away with.


2 posted on 02/02/2012 5:51:12 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88
Obama is a statist and totalitarian, but he is also a spineless political operator. He will only do what he thinks he can get away with.

We had better pray that Obama will not be reelected, and work to make sure our prayers come true. I don't want to see what an anti-American communist with no concerns about a second election thinks he can get away with.

3 posted on 02/02/2012 5:53:45 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: raptor22

too right, this is the most blatant thing he has done against the constitution.

First amendment , freedom of religion.

There is no was on this earth obamacare is even constitutional.

The Govt is gets its power by us, it should not force states or religions to do something which they do not want to do.


4 posted on 02/02/2012 5:56:47 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: raptor22
Champions of the separation of church and state have let the crickets chirp on this matter.

That's an oddly framed statement. I consider myself a "champion of the separation of church and state" - which means I'm adamant that the gubmint should keep their filthy paws off of the church.

5 posted on 02/02/2012 6:00:04 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

1stAmendment ping


6 posted on 02/02/2012 6:04:55 PM PST by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: raptor22

I hope and pray the dems FINALLY lose the Catholic vote over this one.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 6:06:55 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: raptor22
"WE WILL NOT COMPLY."

Beautiful words.

8 posted on 02/02/2012 6:12:30 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: metmom; Salvation
I hope and pray the dems FINALLY lose the Catholic vote over this one.

That was my first thought as well. I see Godly people being suckered by snake oil salesmen of the left who use words of good will and charity as a guise for their lust for power. I pray for an awakening.

9 posted on 02/02/2012 6:19:26 PM PST by glock rocks (I didn't leave the Republican party, it left me.)
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To: raptor22

Ann Barnhardt has a damned interesting take on how this has jelled over the years.

“We will not comply” sounds good NOW, but, where has the Church BEEN all these years?

snip-”Some of the bishops in the U.S. are today issuing mostly impotent, flaccid statements regarding the Obama regime’s declaration of war against the Catholic Church. The bishops are “boldly” calling for Catholics to “call, fax or email your congressional representatives” so that we may “lobby for change” and thus not be “forced to violate our consciences”. (it gets much, much better...)

http://www.barnhardt.biz/


10 posted on 02/02/2012 6:30:02 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: raptor22

Seems that the Pope has put his flock in order for the first time in years. They have allowed the US Bishops to become very liberal over the years, now he is reeling them in. About time. The Church needs to stand for something and “social Justice” just won’t cut it anymore. This IS the fight and Obama has picked it along with the rest of the Marxists in the White House. Just an opinion, but I’d say the line has been drawn in the sand.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 6:51:21 PM PST by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: metmom

It still shocks me to the core that so many Catholics and protestants voted for him in 2008. WHAT were they thinking?


12 posted on 02/02/2012 6:52:35 PM PST by Josa
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To: Mortrey

Ann’s 100% correct. where have the Bishops been? Seduced by the social justice dogma of secular humanism, they allowed the Obamacare Trojan horss to attack the flock.


13 posted on 02/02/2012 6:55:49 PM PST by STJPII
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To: marygam

All Obama would have had to do was keep his minions’ earlier conscience promises to the “social gospel” bishops, and the church would have blithely slept on. But no, he stuck a dinning alarm clock right next to the ear of a sleeping giant. Surely somewhere, Democrats are going “OH SH*T!”


14 posted on 02/02/2012 6:58:42 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Josa
It still shocks me to the core that so many Catholics and protestants voted for him in 2008. WHAT were they thinking?

I hear you.

I don't have a clue...

15 posted on 02/02/2012 7:02:31 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Pollster1
We had better pray that Obama will not be reelected, and work to make sure our prayers come true

Pray, for all depends on God;
but work as though all depends on you.

16 posted on 02/02/2012 7:09:57 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: raptor22

The Ctholic Church has been sleeping with the devil (socialists) for many years, now that they have given them the power they were seeking the church was expecting a seat at the table. But instead the church finds they are to be destroyed under the boots of the very same people they suported for so long.

It’s funny to see them reap the harvest they have sown. I think their crys are falling on deaf ears amoung those who still attend church. I say, sleep with dogs you get fleas.

The church surpported socialism and wanted everyone else to live in that hell. Well, I for one no longer care what they have to endure.


17 posted on 02/02/2012 7:43:23 PM PST by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican SOCIALISTelites, are Big Government socialists,)
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To: raptor22

I was talking to one of my neighbors who I see in Church every Sunday and she was saying this wasn’t Obama’s fault. I was so stunned all I could say was , lets change the subject.

There are thousands of these idiots.


18 posted on 02/02/2012 7:47:50 PM PST by Venturer
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To: metmom; Josa

It still shocks me to the core that so many Catholics and protestants voted for him in 2008. WHAT were they thinking?

I hear you.

I don’t have a clue.

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A great many Americans designate themselves as ‘Christian’, when what they actually is culturally western - nothing more. I was in that boat for many years, and simply did not know any better.


19 posted on 02/02/2012 8:15:09 PM 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: STJPII

The Bishops want us Catholics to write and call the elected officials when it’s their turn to FINALLY act. We have a remedy - will they listen?

www.ourladyofamerica.org


20 posted on 02/02/2012 8:25:03 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: STJPII

Corrected link:

http://www.ourladyofamerica.org


21 posted on 02/02/2012 8:31:21 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: metmom
I hope and pray the dems FINALLY lose the Catholic vote over this one

I wholeheartedly agree. I am a Catholic and I, for the life of me, cannot understand how a sincere Catholic could ever vote for a Democrat on a National level. My local priest explained, at the time of Obama's election, that his good qualities overshadowed his weaknesses....He heard from me directly on that asinine statement and I am about to confront him again as this election draws nearer. The last Democrat I voted for on a national level was Kennedy (my first vote) and I'm sorry I did that. The ccurrent crop of Democrats are frightening at best and evil at worst. I think the reason that Catholics back them is that they are following their old familial, laborers, union members and have not come to grips with reality.

22 posted on 02/02/2012 8:40:25 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: Mortrey
Thanks x 3 for the link. Riveting article, she makes quite a point. Raises a lot of questions, too.
23 posted on 02/02/2012 10:18:30 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: raptor22

The examples of Tudor England and Hitler’s Germany are not encouraging (regarding the courage of bishops).


24 posted on 02/02/2012 10:22:34 PM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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