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A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict
The Catholic Telegraph ^ | January 26, 2012 | Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Posted on 01/27/2012 8:58:28 AM PST by sayuncledave

A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict

January 26, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.

The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people – the Catholic population and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.

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. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. 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. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not corne to these shores to help build Arnerica’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend visiting, to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to Contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; hhs; totalitarianism
Our Archbishop here in the wilds of southwestern Ohio has contributed a nicely worded statement regarding the deplorable and unconscionable actions of the HHS. Please, pray for our bishops, along with praying for the country and the Church.
1 posted on 01/27/2012 8:58:30 AM PST by sayuncledave
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To: sayuncledave

My dear Archbishop, welcome to the discussion. However, I would point out to you and your brethren that this mandate is minor compared to the decades our coerced tax dollars have been used to support these injustices already. We have an option on health insurance... we have had no option regarding our taxes.

Please work to remove the only major political party which supports these programs from public life... the Democratic Party. If they truly saw the Catholic Church rise up and repudiate them, they would have to amend or lose.

2 posted on 01/27/2012 9:09:33 AM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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