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The Anti-Catholic President v. the Catholic Bishops
FrontPage ^ | February 3, 2012 | Daniel Flynn

Posted on 02/04/2012 5:44:42 AM PST by NYer

The White House so delicately catered to the religious sensitivities of Osama bin Laden’s sympathizers that the administration ordered his corpse washed, wrapped it in a white sheet, and made it the subject of Islamic prayers. American Catholics, 54 percent of whom supported Barack Obama in 2008, have no such luck winning the administration’s religious toleration.

At issue is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s bureaucratic mandate that all employers—including Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities—pay for contraceptives, sterilization, and morning-after pill abortifacients through their health insurance plans. The administration recently revealed that the only relief Catholic conscientious objectors will receive is a reprieve until August 2013.

“The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, ‘To Hell with you!’ There is no other way to put it,” Bishop David Zubik explained to his Pittsburgh diocese last week. “‘To Hell with your religious beliefs. To Hell with your religious liberty. To Hell with your freedom of conscience.’” Zubik’s fellow bishops were somewhat more diplomatic in the language they used last Sunday.

At the behest of Catholic bishops, parish priests across America read a rebuke to the Obama administration from the pulpit at mass. “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,” one variant of the letter explained. “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 Obama 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.”

The provision is certainly an assault on liberty. But why did it take an assault on the Church’s liberty for the bishops to recognize this?

The state forcing private employers to buy employees health insurance, let alone the more intrusive dictate of what specifically such coverage must provide, usurps liberty. That an unelected bureaucrat, rather than an elected legislature, would issue an order not promulgated in the alleged enabling legislation assaults democracy. The one-size-fits-all order that men, post-menopausal women, and homosexuals purchase health insurance that pays for birth-control pills, RU-486 abortion pills, and other services that they cannot possibly use imposes a choice that none would freely make.

It was entirely foreseeable that yielding control over a massive portion of the economy to the state would result in the state greedily seizing more than was initially given. But many Catholic clergy enthusiastically endorsed the initial legislation. It would be great if non-Catholics rose to defend the rights of conscience that ObamaCare clearly infringes upon. It would have been even better had Catholic Charities USA not endorsed ObamaCare and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not repeatedly called universal health care a right. When one endorses an attack on Constitutional rights in the name of non-existent “rights” one shouldn’t be surprised to find one’s own real rights soon under attack. If the bishops weren’t so politically naive prior to the passage of ObamaCare, they would not have had to be so politically courageous in the wake of its passage.

The upshot of the Obama administration’s anti-Catholic edict may ultimately bring harm to non-Catholics as well. Catholic hospitals, youth centers, schools, and homeless shelters serve without regard to religious affiliation. By granting exemptions to religious institutions that serve their flocks alone, such as churches, the bureaucratic fiat may in some cases result in the exclusion of non-Catholics from services they have traditionally enjoyed. Another possibility is six-figure fines for Catholic institutions whose employees refuse to sin at the behest of the state, diverting funds away from the poor and needy toward the government greedy. Such hypothetical situations have precedent. In Massachusetts and Illinois, for instance, the Catholic Church closed down adoption services after the state mandated that it place children with homosexual couples.

What the Bishops said on a Sunday in January will affect how Catholics vote on a Tuesday in November. It may also preface widespread civil disobedience. The bishops’ letter is rather unambiguous on this point: “We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: obama; usccb

1 posted on 02/04/2012 5:44:46 AM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 02/04/2012 5:45:40 AM 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
American Catholics, 54 percent of whom supported Barack Obama in 2008

Buyers remorse? Personally, I can't understand why any Christian would vote for the party of abortion.

3 posted on 02/04/2012 5:52:06 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: NYer
"....many Catholic clergy enthusiastically endorsed the initial legislation. It would be great if non-Catholics rose to defend the rights of conscience that ObamaCare clearly infringes upon. It would have been even better had Catholic Charities USA not endorsed ObamaCare and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not repeatedly called universal health care a right. When one endorses an attack on Constitutional rights in the name of non-existent “rights” one shouldn’t be surprised to find one’s own real rights soon under attack. If the bishops weren’t so politically naive prior to the passage of ObamaCare, they would not have had to be so politically courageous in the wake of its passage."

Here's hoping that this time around the Catholics wake up and vote conservative!!!

4 posted on 02/04/2012 5:59:58 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: umgud
The majority of them do, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I'm with you, I don't see how they can do it but there it is.
5 posted on 02/04/2012 6:02:13 AM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: umgud
I can't understand why any Christian would vote for the party of abortion.

In MA anyway, both parties are pro-abortion.

6 posted on 02/04/2012 6:08:52 AM PST by maryz
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To: NYer
Anti Catholic?....more like Antichrist.


7 posted on 02/04/2012 6:21:55 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Peggy Noonan’s article today in the WSJ blast the Admin for ineptness on this and she points to the political toll...she says this will unite left and right Catholics.
I agree. The Liberal catholics feel they have been undercut!


8 posted on 02/04/2012 6:33:22 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy

Barnhardt kicks the crap out of the Bishops for laying down with the Marxist dogs and getting fleas.


9 posted on 02/04/2012 6:35:11 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

This may even offend the C and E Catholics(Christmas and Easter)


10 posted on 02/04/2012 7:35:34 AM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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11 posted on 02/04/2012 7:52:07 AM PST by narses
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To: Rashputin

But I sense buyer’s remorse starting to set in though and give it time.


12 posted on 02/04/2012 8:51:12 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl
I hope they're having buyers remorse, I really do. Otherwise some "magnificent" thing Barry does between now and the election will have them all wearing one of those SE grins and voting for him again.

Regards

13 posted on 02/04/2012 9:34:21 AM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: umgud

“Personally, I can’t understand why any Christian would vote for the party of abortion.”


If you don’t think the Republicans are serious about abortion, and that they just string the pro-lifers along to get their votes, then it is quite possible to vote for the other party, which used to at least say that it wanted abortion to be “legal, safe, and rare”.

In the last election, one could have entertained a doubt as to whether McCain would really have done much regarding abortion. Also, in red states, a lot of Republican leaders are pro-choice (Guiliani, Schwarzenegger), so why not vote on other issues instead?

Having moved to the right over time, I have come to understand that the Democratic leadership hates pro-lifers and that we are no longer welcome there. But many people haven’t really grasped that yet. And there is a big difference between the Democratic party loosing the loyalty of pro-lifers and the Republican party earning it. I predict more people will go independent as Obama is in office.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 9:48:14 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21
"...there is a big difference between the Democratic party loosing the loyalty of pro-lifers and the Republican party earning it. I predict more people will go independent as Obama is in office."

Good point, and which is why, even though I am adamantly a PRO-LIFER, I still firmly believe we need to go about this differently. We should not make the abortion issue one of our big platforms. It scares off too many voters.

For instance the liberals wanted socialism/communism.... right? They didn't advertise openly that the platform of the Democrat Party was socialism/communism, did they? Instead they worked their way into power, then went about making the changes slowly over time.

We conservatives need to quit emphasizing issues like abortion.... not forget them or deem them unimportant.... just don't shout and preach about them when we are listing our platform. Once we are back in power, we can begin eliminating situations where pro-lifers are forced to pay for abortion for the masses. That will be a huge start. Then over time we can slowly work towards educating the public about why abortion is bad. It will be a long slow process, but doable.

15 posted on 02/04/2012 10:32:15 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: NYer

This is nothing but a totally deliberate, in your face, government attack on Catholic doctrine and practice with no offsetting medical justification. After all, oral contraceptives and other methods of birth control have been around for well over 40 years and are totally affordable, even without insurance. Thus, this is nothing but a thug’s move to show his own power against a church he bitterly hates for its virtues, not its vices, one of which was supporting the absolute abomination of Obamacare,


16 posted on 02/04/2012 11:11:14 AM PST by libstripper
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To: Hoosier-Daddy
Barnhardt kicks the crap out of the Bishops for laying down with the Marxist dogs and getting fleas.
17 posted on 02/04/2012 12:11:52 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: NYer

May the totality of Obama administration be a lesson to the Catholic Church in America. May it be brief and may it not repeat.

Deo Gratias.


18 posted on 02/04/2012 12:23:12 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: NYer
Many denominations are joining with the Bishops in speaking out against Obortion O>

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19 posted on 02/04/2012 1:09:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: umgud
Dear Daniel, those were not the final numbers!

And what about other denominations who supported Obama?

Catholics hear anti-Obama letter in church (Some idiots wanted "change" so they got it)
Has Obama Lost the Catholic Left?

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

20 posted on 02/04/2012 1:11:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: umgud
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


 
 
 
 

21 posted on 02/04/2012 1:13:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: italianquaker

OH YEAH!


22 posted on 02/04/2012 3:37:15 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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