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Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS
Archdioces of Portland, Oregon ^ | January 25, 2012 | Archbishop John G. Vlazny

Posted on 01/29/2012 1:34:07 PM PST by Salvation

Letter January 25, 2012 from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

It is important for you to know that the federal government has just dealt a heavy blow to 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.

By this 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. Unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to violate our consciences or 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 and 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.

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 recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience, 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.

Thank you for all you do to build the Church and society.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend John G. Vlazny

Archbishop of Portland in Oregon



TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; firstamendment; morality; prolife
Even from Oregon!
1 posted on 01/29/2012 1:34:18 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation
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2 posted on 01/29/2012 1:37:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Tzar; word_warrior_bob; risen_feenix; EnglishCon; Bill W was a conservative; verga; ...
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3 posted on 01/29/2012 1:40:15 PM PST by narses
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To: Salvation

And the State marches on——trying to eradicate God from worldview with force of law. We better wake up and get involved in a grass roots effort to put back God and our God-given rights before we find ourselves in Bonhoeffer’s shoes.


4 posted on 01/29/2012 1:43:18 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just LawD)
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To: Salvation

Pretty amazing. Better than I would have expected from Vlasney. He deserves to be complemented on this one.


5 posted on 01/29/2012 1:57:36 PM PST by rogator
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To: narses

I see that you are the keeper of the prolife and Catholic lists.

Please pass this on: Little Bella Santorum is hospitalized, and Rick and Karen need urgent prayers for their baby. See thread.


6 posted on 01/29/2012 2:12:04 PM PST by Warthog-2 (Character Counts)
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To: narses; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2839518/posts

Bella needs prayers!

(Sorry to hijack this thread, but I don’t know how to ping.)


7 posted on 01/29/2012 2:14:49 PM PST by Warthog-2 (Character Counts)
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To: Salvation

“We cannot and will not comply with this unjust law.”

Man oh man, I sure hope the Church holds fast on this one, and in a unified manner. I think this is one case where the Government will “blink first” if the Church sticks to its guns.


8 posted on 01/29/2012 2:36:15 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: Salvation

I’m very glad to see this. The one I posted the other day was read by our parish priest this morning after the Gospel. Needs to be spread everywhere in the country, now!


9 posted on 01/29/2012 2:40:59 PM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: mrs. a

**and in a unified manner**

I’m collecting the names of the Bishops, so if you hear or see anything about your local, please post it or let me know.

Thanks.


10 posted on 01/29/2012 2:49:47 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Emails sent to Boehner, Brown and Portman. No, not holding my breath, but we have to try.


11 posted on 01/29/2012 2:51:53 PM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: rogator

I think the Bishops had this written FOR them - that seems very close to what was in our bulletin this morning too - in the Diocese of Dallas. It’s TIME the Bishops speak out like Archbishop Timothy Dolan in NY - it is war and we Catholics MUST stand up. Heck - every one of faith must stand up to this shredding of the first amendment!


12 posted on 01/29/2012 3:15:17 PM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: Salvation

Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay Wisconsin also sent the letter (or a very similar one) to parish priests to read this weekend.

View the letter at: http://www.gbdioc.org/images/stories/News_Events/pdf/Bishop-Ricken-HHS-Letter.pdf

He seems to be a good conservative bishop.

Unfortunately, our local parish priest declined to read it at today’s masses.


13 posted on 01/29/2012 3:25:15 PM PST by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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To: Salvation
Gee, maybe Obama will win only 51% of the Catholic vote this time around.
14 posted on 01/29/2012 3:37:59 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: Salvation

Bishop Vlazny was my English teacher at Quigley North Seminary 1965/66. My history teacher that year was Father James Keleher who late became Bishop of Kansas City.


15 posted on 01/29/2012 3:42:50 PM PST by jobim (.)
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To: RebelTXRose

It may have been some kind of a template that they could use.


16 posted on 01/29/2012 3:48:27 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Why do you mention only the Catholic vote? What about the evangelicals, the Baptists, the other denominations, including the Jewish vote?

Obama won the overall religious vote, 52 percent to 46 percent, reversing President George W. Bush’s 51 percent to 48 percent “values voter” victory over Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry in 2004. Obama also won the Catholic vote, persuaded young evangelical voters to choose him and began to squeeze shut the so-called “God gap” yawning between religious Democrats and Republicans during the Bush era.

How will the roughly 9.1 million evangelical Christians who voted for Obama vote in the next election? Will Obama's actions compel the 31.2 million evangelicals who didn't vote in the 2008 election to vote next time?

Obama Receives 77% of Jewish Vote-- More Than Kerry
White US Catholics move toward GOP, Hispanic Catholics toward Democrats
Among Catholics, Obama job approval rating decreases to 50 percent

17 posted on 01/29/2012 3:54:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ItsForTheChildren
50 percent of Catholics (Catholics make up about 22 percent of the U.S. population.) approve of his presidency, down from 67 percent in his first six months in office.
DOWN 17 POINTS
 
among non-Catholic Christians, who make up 55 percent of the U.S. population, had fallen from 58 percent to 43 percent.
DOWN 15 POINTS
 
Mormon respondents, who represent about two percent of U.S. adults, fell from 43 percent to 26 percent
DOWN 17 POINTS
 
About 78 percent of Muslim respondents approved of the Obama presidency, down eight percentage points from when the question was first asked.  (86)
DOWN 8 POINTS
 
atheists, agnostics, and members of other non-Christian religions, who comprise about 13 percent of the U.S. population -- While about 75 percent of these respondents approved of President Obama at the start of his term, their approval declined to about 64 percent.
DOWN 11 POINTS
 
Jews were the religious group third likeliest to approve of President Obama, giving him 61 percent approval. This too is a decline: in January-June 2009, their approval rating of the president was 77 percent.
DOWN 16 POINTS
 
Overall, 48 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s job, down from 63 percent in the first months of his presidency. Gallup claims that its survey of over 276,000 adults claims an overall margin of error of plus or minus one percent.
DOWN 15 POINTS


 
 
 
 

18 posted on 01/29/2012 3:57:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Amen, Facebook this and NYer’s Fr Rutler article. Sent to friends and family.

To bad they are waking up so late in the game to the evil that is on the move. Maybe it’s not to late... Maybe the Bishops should have read the bill before backing it? Or they could have ask me if it was bad and unconstitutional law. It would have made thing much easier.


19 posted on 01/29/2012 4:22:05 PM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution)
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Sorry, Your Excellencies. Cry me a river. You wanted socialized medicine, and now you have it. And we, the Catholic faithful, have to pay for it and live with it.

I can remember when the USCCB committee interviewed candidate Jimmy Carter and came out proclaiming, "He's with us on everything but abortion." The message then was clear: all the "social justice" things outweighed abortion. So Catholics voted for Carter.

My personal prediction of how this is going to turn out: hospitals, schools and colleges will "disaffiliate" from the Church. Only churches, which are exempt from the Obama requirements, will remain officially "Catholic." All other institutions will go the way many formerly Catholic colleges have already gone. That way the Church saves face. No officially Catholic organization will be paying for contraception, but all formerly Catholic organizations will go along quietly. And the Bishops will have the socialized medicine they wanted so badly.

20 posted on 01/29/2012 4:43:58 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Salvation

Our Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati issued a similar letter on the 25th and our Parish Priest, Father Tom Dennemann, read it during Mass announcements today. I’m excited to contact our senators and representatives on this matter, however, I worry that our voices will go nowhere. I pray that I’m wrong.

J


21 posted on 01/29/2012 7:25:21 PM PST by jp3 (BABIES, GUNS & JESUS...HOT DAMN!!)
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To: Salvation

Our Blessed Mother asked America’s Bishops to enthrone a statue of her as Our Lady of America in her National Shrine. The statue is located across the street in the Bl. Pope JPII Cultural Center waiting for the Bishops’ action.

http://www.ourladyofamerica.org

This reminds me of the world’s Bishops not consecrating the world to Our Lady per her request at Fatima. WWII could have been avoided if they had done this. And we’re seeing Bishops’ non compliance happen all over again in America, as the gauntlet has been thrown down directly at the Catholic Church.

God wants to save America, but He wants to do it through Our Blessed Mother, and in this way.


22 posted on 01/29/2012 8:03:24 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: jp3; NYer

See my post #21. Rather than writing to Congress, it’s time to write to the Bishops.


23 posted on 01/29/2012 8:10:10 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: RebelTXRose; mrs. a; sayuncledave; Yooper4Life; jobim; ItsForTheChildren; savagesusie; narses; ...

Ping to my post #21. This is the remedy.


24 posted on 01/29/2012 8:24:44 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (I declare for Santorum)
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To: Salvation
Why do you mention only the Catholic vote?

Because it was a letter from a Catholic Archbishop.

25 posted on 01/29/2012 9:08:23 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: Salvation

They need to sue big time.


26 posted on 01/31/2012 2:26:05 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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