Skip to comments.Contraception mandate prompts Peoria bishop to instate St. Michael Prayer (Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 01/28/2012 12:19:13 PM PST by NYer
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill. has asked parishes, schools, hospitals and religious houses to insert the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel into the intercessions at Sunday Mass to pray for Catholics freedom.
The move comes in response to a new federal requirement that will force many Catholic organizations to provide insurance coverage for sterilizations and contraceptives.
It is Gods invincible Archangel who commands the heavenly host, and it is the enemies of God who will ultimately be defeated, the bishop said in a Jan. 24 letter to the Catholics of his diocese.
The prayer should take place in the general intercessions before the concluding prayer, Bishop Jenky said. He asked that the intention of the prayer be announced as for the freedom of the Catholic Church in America.
The St. Michael prayer was authored by Pope Leo XIII, and was once commonly said in U.S. Catholic parishes as part of a petition for the freedom of Soviet Russia.
He said it is his duty to summon the local Church into spiritual and temporal combat in defense of Catholic Christianity.
If these regulations are put into effect, they could close down every Catholic school, hospital and the other public ministries of our Church, which is perhaps their underlying intention, Bishop Jenky said. What is perfectly clear is that this is a bigoted and blanket attack on the First Amendment rights of every Catholic believer.
Bishop Jenkys comments add to the continued reaction to the Department of Health and Human Services ruling that requires insurance coverage of procedures which Catholic teaching recognizes as sinful. The rules narrow religious exemptions only include institutions which hire or serve their fellow believers and have the inculcation of religious values as a primary purpose.
The requirement will make it impossible for Catholic institutions to continue to offer health care coverage for their employees, the Diocese of Peoria said. The institutions could be forced to drop healthcare coverage for employees because of their moral and religious objections.
Bishop Jenky stated that the president does not have the authority under the U.S. Constitution to require our cooperation with what we consider to be intrinsic evil and mortal sin.
I am honestly horrified that the nation I have always loved has come to this hateful and radical step in religious intolerance.
The bishop pledged that the Church will never abandon its commitment to the Gospel of Life and called on the faithful to vigorously oppose what he called an unprecedented governmental assault upon the moral convictions of our faith.
Bishop Jenky also struck an encouraging note.
Have faith! Have courage! Fight boldly for what you believe! he said. I strongly urge you not to be intimidated by extremist politicians or the malice of the cultural secularists arrayed against us.
Invoking the First Letter of John, he said Catholics should always remember that the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
St. Michael the Archangel,
But the good Bishop has to go further than that.
He has to EXCOMMUNICATE Democrats in his diocese who supported this abomination.
I believe in this case, Archangel Michael will help those who act on their own.
I'll take your word, but I have never met any Catholic Republicans who support abortion.
If It PLAYS in PEORIA ...... !!
We can start with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former CT Governor John Rowland, Fmr. Sec. of State Alexander Haig, Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Former NY Gov. Geroge Pataki and PA gov. Tom Ridge, off the top of my head.
Obama (or his puppet masters) do nothing without an Alinskian calculation. In this case, the idea is to push Roman Catholics, together with biblical Christians and Torah-faithful Jewish organizations, out of the ministry business.
Now in principle, if these outreaches accepted no money from Uncle Sam, should they not be allowed to continue with whatever religious policies they had? But Obamacare throws a monkey wrench into that.
Any Catholic who obstinately denies that abortion is always gravely immoral, commits the sin of heresy and incurs an automatic sentence of excommunication. Read More
I'm talking about Representatives, Senators, Executives, etc., ... politicians who actively voted for and supported this ObamaCare legislation.
These people must be publicly excommunicated until they recant. Ordinary folks are not responsible for the law. I'm not talking about them.
Any other course of (non)action on the part of the Bishops is equivalent, in my mind, to acceptance or collaboration.
Sorry I didn’t see Caucus till after I posted. have it pulled if you wish no problem.
Not a problem! Thanks for the supportive post and ping!
I hope the prayer to saint michael gets re instated at the end of every mass. It was written after a vision a pope had about the devil and his wiley ways.
None of them live in the Diocese of Peoria, though.
I am a Catholic and I would add my opinion on Catholics who vote for Democrats in national elections, but the moderator would NEVER let it go through and I wouldn’t blame him.
I have been privileged to meet Bishop Jenky a few times in the Fort Wayne - South Bend diocese as a member of the KofC. He was a great assistant bishop there and his pastoral work in Peoria is one of the few great things about Illinois.
If you read this, Bishop, you have my profound thanks. I would that you influence the bishop to the north.
We have been starting our Tuesday night prayer meeting with the Prayer of St. Michael lately. Another prayer we use is the Armor of God.
It always burned me up to see pro-aborts like John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi going to church in order to get the Catholic vote. Everything they do is a show and a calculation to promote their political power.