Skip to comments.Catholic Caucus: Catholic Bishops Push to Keep Religious Issues at Heart of 2012 Race
Posted on 11/18/2011 10:49:26 PM PST by topher
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The shepherds of America's 65 million Roman Catholics met this week for their fall conference, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created a new Committee for Religious Liberty.
Father William E. Lori, bishop for Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of the new group, told the assembled men of the cloth that "there is no religious liberty if we are not free to express our faith in the public square and if we are not free to act on that faith."
The church has been embroiled in several skirmishes with the Obama administration. Key is its fight over new proposed federal health care rules requiring birth control coverage and provisions governing how abortion is covered under the health care overhaul. Battles have also waged over adoption rules that put same-sex couples on an equal platform as heterosexual parents.
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Being forced to support homosexual adoption of children appears to be another issue...
Since Archbishop Chaput is in Philly, he is close enough to Washington, DC to make some folks uncomfortable.
Probably will get a red hat one of these years...
While these issues seem to be echoed in the fundamentalist Christian community, I heard recently that there has been concern expressed by some of the latter group over the success of the former in gaining government support for their education activities.
I'd like more details on this, if you can supply anything. I'm not aware of Catholics getting govt. support for schools; quitge the contrary in fact: increasing government pressure on, and intrusion into Church-supported schools, both of Catholics and other churches. Most recently, the EEOC bringing a lawsuit against Church-related elementary schools over their admissions and employment practices.
So I'm interested in getting as much info and insight as I can.
Reporters -— ARRRGGGHHHH!
**Father William E. Lori, bishop for Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of the new group**
That should read:
Bishop William E. Lori, of Bridgeport, Conn., is now the USCCB chairman.
Are they going to support or remain ambivalent on 0-care? If so, the Bishops are not are part of the solution. The Catholic Church and other denominations must realize that opposing tyranny in all its forms is the only moral choice. A Constituional republic is the only way to protect the innocent and promote morality. Where are the heroic anti-communist religious leaders (like Bishop Fulton Sheen) today when we need them?
I suggest you Google “Church and State Religious Groups rights in Education” or other similar entries.
For all I know this issue was several years old. I believe that in the past Catholic schools were receiving Federal money if they were not teacing religion in the classes but only as a separate class or after regular school hours. You would have to research that. This may have changed recently.
The fact that the bishops refuse to tell people to vote Democrat or Republican is their typical cop out. If they were serious about religious liberty, they would tell people to vote Republican or tea party.
Bp Lori is chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
My mistake, thanks for the correction. I thought perhaps they were electing a new chairman.
Don’t you think that the leadership is coming and growing from the Bishops that Pope Benedict has put in place?
They would get in trouble with the IRS for doing that, because of an idiotic rule put in place in the Johnson administration.
What they can do (and have done) is to say, "here are the issues you ought to be voting on, and here are the candidates' positions on those issues".
That only helps for Catholics who actually attend Mass and allow themselves to be taught by the church. Those Catholics -- weekly Mass-attendees -- voted for McCain last time around. I don't think Obozo will get any more votes from them this time, and probably a good deal less.
“What they can do (and have done) is to say, “here are the issues you ought to be voting on, and here are the candidates’ positions on those issues”.”
They should go a step further, and warn Catholics that they may damn their souls if they are accomplices in murder (abortion) (by voting for candidates who support it). They should also lead by excommunicating “Catholic” politicians that publicly advocate such murders - their refusal to do so has made many Catholics quite comfortable voting for them.
No, I do not. If it is improving it is improving at the speed of a glacier.
The Church should challenge the IRS. It should be done NOW before their is no Church left. Some of the bishops recognize that religious liberty is vanishing in this country. If they do not fight now then in 10 years they will be looking for some catacombs.