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Phoenix bishop (Olmstead): defy feds on birth control
Spirit Daily ^ | January 28, 2012 | Michael Brown

Posted on 01/28/2012 12:05:11 PM PST by NYer

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has become one of the first Roman Catholic bishops in the nation to openly defy the Obama administration over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilization procedures in health-insurance coverage.

Although the Catholic Church itself is exempt from the proposed regulations, Olmsted believes the federal government’s decision is an attack on religious liberty. He is encouraging church members to actively oppose it.

Rob DeFrancesco, spokesman for the Phoenix Diocese, said that even though the diocese, its parishes and its schools will likely all be exempt from the rule, the bishop is concerned about “many other organizations,” such as charities and hospitals, that are Catholic in belief but may not fall under the diocese’s administrative umbrella.

Olmsted, who was not available for comment, was among a handful of bishops to release letters late this week expressing opposition to the mandate. The Phoenix bishop went further than some others by saying Catholics should not comply with the law.

“This is 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,” Olmsted wrote in the letter, which is expected to be read this weekend at Catholic Masses.

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Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted: Defy feds on birth control


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: contraception; hhs; obama; sibelius

1 posted on 01/28/2012 12:05:21 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 01/28/2012 12:06:07 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Orthodox Catholics will be the scapegoat for our national, socialist leader.


3 posted on 01/28/2012 12:13:19 PM PST by seton89 (Starve the Beast)
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To: NYer

Bishop Zubic of Pittsburgh wrote this letter in our diocesan paper

http://www.diopitt.org/hhs-delays-rule-contraceptive-coverage

I wrote this e-Mail reply


Dear Bishop Zubic,

Regarding your “To Hell with You” letter, you have advised us to contact our political representatives. I maintain that this is fruitless. They didn’t listen when they passed the Health Care Law and they won’t listen to us now.

So, instead, I am contacting you.

Use your authority as Bishop to EXCOMMUNICATE every Democrat Congress person who participated in the passage and/or support of this abominable legislation.

In particular, excommunicate our Pittsburgh Rep. Doyle. He was instrumental in convincing Bart Stupak and his “pro-life” group to support the law.

I am sorry to say, but until YOU use your authority to take the Church’s responsible action against these so-called “Catholic” (Democrat) Congressmen and women, your words will ring hollow and the evil legislation will become deeper and deeper ingrained into our society.


4 posted on 01/28/2012 12:16:18 PM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats:always looking for someone else to blame)
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The article mentions that operations like Catholic charities and hospitals will be adversely affected by the new ruling—and might even have to shut down.

I would add that there are probably quite a few businesses of various kinds that are owned by Catholics. Why they hell should they be forced to violate their consciences and subsidize contraception and abortion—or go out of business.

It’s up to the owner to choose a health plan, and if the employees don’t like it, they can work somewhere else, with a health plan more to their liking. Mandating abortion as a “health benefit” is truly evil. Killing babies isn’t a health benefit.


5 posted on 01/28/2012 12:35:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Not to mention the responsibility to stand up to this is going to be squarely around the necks of these Apostles successors so if they believe what they preach they better do something, and if they don’t, well, I guess they will find out at that whole last breath moment. God will not be mocked, and thousands upon thousands of christians have been martyred for much much less.


6 posted on 01/28/2012 12:54:50 PM PST by wombtotomb
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To: NYer

Finally!

I wrote the same proposal here last week.

In the course of defying the rule, officials should invoke Obama’s own blatant refusal to obey federal law and the constitution.


7 posted on 01/28/2012 1:14:25 PM PST by G Larry (We need Bare Knuckles Newt to fight this battle.)
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Thank God!
8 posted on 01/28/2012 1:17:34 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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even though the diocese, its parishes and its schools will likely all be exempt from the rule

The diocese as a legal institution and the parishes *might* be exempt under the law, but there's no way an exception for the schools will stand, unless they're entirely staffed by religious. One non-Catholic teacher who wants the "free" morning-after pill, tubal ligation, or vasectomy, and ZOT.

9 posted on 01/28/2012 1:18:24 PM PST by Tax-chick (View new baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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The Phoenix bishop went further than some others by saying Catholics should not comply with the law

Good. Here's a bishop who cares for our salvation -- and his own.

Now, I am not a bishop, but in my humble opinion, a Catholic does not need a nod from his bishop to disobey a law written in the interest of death. Civil disobedience may yet restore this nation.

10 posted on 01/28/2012 1:23:31 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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I maintain that this is fruitless. They didn’t listen when they passed the Health Care Law and they won’t listen to us now.

Excellent point! The bishops remained silent for too long; now, like a pack of wolves, they begin to howl. There was a news article the other day suggesting that Obama's decision was predicated by the silence of the bishops. If I find it, I will post the link.

Use your authority as Bishop to EXCOMMUNICATE every Democrat Congress person who participated in the passage and/or support of this abominable legislation.

Not positive but I believe a bishop can only excommunicate within his own diocese. For the most part, those congressmen who participate in such practices self-excommunicate themselves.

11 posted on 01/28/2012 1:39:18 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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And where was he when this murderous law was being passed ? Where were Roman Catholics when Nancy Pelosi (ROman Catholic) was shoving a deathcare bill down the throats of American citizens ?

WHERE WERE THEY ? Oh way to many of them were busy helping pass it thinking they would get an exemption from what they were helping shove on everyone else . WAY TO MANY OF THEM WERE USING THE EXCUSE THAT EVERYONE DESERVES FREE HEALTHCARE .

DO you really think the spirit of defiance is going to change the judgement that you have brought onto yourself when it is so many of YOUR OWN priest who stood up and supported this?

It's not if judgement is coming to America ... the judgement has already started and a whole lot of people who dare call themselves followers of Christ invited the judgement in .Did you forget that judgement starts in the HOUSE OF THE LORD ?

No a spirit of defiance is NOT going to help . The only thing that will help is repentance . Repentance does not mean do penance .
12 posted on 01/29/2012 11:00:08 AM PST by Lera
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