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U.S. Bishops Prepare Catholics for Civil Disobedience: ‘We May Need to Witness to the Truth by...’
CNSNews ^ | 5/27/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 05/27/2012 10:36:12 AM PDT by marshmallow

(CNSNews.com) - Having organized 43 plaintiffs—including the archdioceses of New York and Washington and the University of Notre Dame—to file 12 different lawsuits against the Obama administration last Monday alleging the administration is violating the religious freedom of Catholics, the Catholic bishops of the United States are now preparing Catholics for what may be the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s.

“Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified,” the bishops state in a document developed to be inserted into church bulletins in Catholic parishes around the country in June.

“Every effort must be made to repeal them,” the bishops say in the document, which is already posted on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.”

The bulletin insert reminds Catholic parishioners that the bishops have called for “A Fortnight of Freedom”—which they have described as “a special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action”—to take place from June 21 to July 4.

The bishops have noted that June 21, when this fortnight will begin, is the Vigil of the Feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. Fisher was a Roman Catholic cardinal whom the English monarch Henry VIII beheaded in 1535 after he refused to act against his conscience and take an oath asserting that Henry was the supreme authority over the church in England. That same year, Henry VIII also beheaded Thomas More, his former chancellor, for the same reason.

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TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: civildisobedience; contraceptives; obamacare; religiousfreedom

1 posted on 05/27/2012 10:36:18 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

I’m not Catholic, but count me in.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 10:37:57 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: marshmallow

Perhaps with Obama and Holder, the Catholics may have to experience something more akin to that experienced by the Christians and the Roman Lions.


3 posted on 05/27/2012 10:38:41 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: unixfox
I’m not Catholic, but count me in.

Yep. IT's time to stand up for the Republic.

4 posted on 05/27/2012 10:41:42 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: marshmallow

Please give us sympathetic Protestants enough advance notice so we can break-in our marching shoes before we join you.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 10:55:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: thethirddegree

“Yep. It’s time to stand up for the Republic.”

And the sovereignty of God.

We are a Republic, not a Theocracy, but we are a Republic under God. Any ruler who is not fully aware that he is accountable to God for his actions and his stewardship has a difficult time controlling mankind’s natural proclivity toward selfishness, greed and tyranny. Dictatorship & despotism soon follow.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams


6 posted on 05/27/2012 10:56:46 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: marshmallow

To incense Notre Dame to this point must take something pretty bad.


7 posted on 05/27/2012 10:56:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: unixfox; All
I’m not Catholic, but count me in.

Ditto.

8 posted on 05/27/2012 11:07:26 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: blueunicorn6

Didn’t I read yesterday that many ‘sympathetic Protestant’ churches are joining in with the Catholics on the 14-day protest against this regime? June 21 to July 4. Freedom is Freedom and Loving Christ is Loving Christ.


9 posted on 05/27/2012 11:12:22 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: blueunicorn6
Onward Christian Soldiers!
10 posted on 05/27/2012 11:15:05 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: unixfox

So we are all in with the Catholics but what does that entail? Civil disobedience when, where and how. We all don’t buy health insurance and when fined don’t pay the fine? Is that the specifics of it?


11 posted on 05/27/2012 11:15:35 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: marshmallow
the bishops state in a document developed to be inserted into church bulletins in Catholic parishes around the country in June.

This time the bishops really seem to mean it. There will be a time of study and prayer between the feasts of two Christian martyrs who stood up to the tyrant Henry VIII and the Fourth of July, which marks America's Independence Day, which stood up to George III in the name of certain Inalienable Rights, including the God-given right to life.

It will be interesting to see if the priests around the country will follow through on this, aside from putting the bishops' statement into the parish bulletins for everyone to take home with them. Will they preach sermons on this, and hold retreats and discussions? I sure hope so. Because our religious freedom really is at stake.

The First Amendmend and the Right to Life are both at stake.

It's a good propaganda move, too, comparing this proposed March for life and freedom to the days of Martin Luther King as well as to Thomas More. That should help defuse the usual charges of racism.

12 posted on 05/27/2012 11:16:18 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I have to wonder - why haven’t ALL Catholic schools and colleges joined in these lawsuits? Why haven’t all Catholic hospitals joined in them?


13 posted on 05/27/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Do you wonder if ANY protestant schools, colleges, charities or hospitals will file amicus curiae briefs?


14 posted on 05/27/2012 11:25:36 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: SirKit

Here we go!!


15 posted on 05/27/2012 11:29:37 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
Elvis is on board!
16 posted on 05/27/2012 11:33:24 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: ladyjane

It’s possible others will join in later.


17 posted on 05/27/2012 11:35:00 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Gaffer

The Detroit Lions? That would be CRUEL!.....LOL!


18 posted on 05/27/2012 11:38:46 AM PDT by TexConfederate1861 (Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy.)
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To: Cicero

Any link to the Bishops’ video ad on defending freedom, life, liberty, and marriage this November?


19 posted on 05/27/2012 11:50:23 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: thirst4truth

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website has information on the “Fortnight...”, and many protestants are well engaged and well informed, standing quite at the ready to join in.

Protestants know how to protest, and I say that with great affection for protestants, as I “were one”, most of my life. (Charasmatic, evangelical at that!) :)

Love to all who will protest.

God be with us, and US with Him.


20 posted on 05/27/2012 11:54:28 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: thirst4truth

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website has information on the “Fortnight...”, and many protestants are well engaged and well informed, standing quite at the ready to join in.

Protestants know how to protest, and I say that with great affection for protestants, as I “were one”, most of my life. (Charasmatic, evangelical at that!) :)

Love to all who will protest.

God be with us, and US with Him.


21 posted on 05/27/2012 11:54:28 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: eyedigress; marshmallow

They need to run this ad non-stop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vQt6IXXaM


22 posted on 05/27/2012 12:03:45 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Awesome, thanks for sharing. Going to pass it along.


23 posted on 05/27/2012 12:13:53 PM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: marshmallow

What irony.


24 posted on 05/27/2012 12:30:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: thirst4truth
I am going to run copies of the bulletin insert and distribute them. I am going to see the movie For Greater Glory just for inspiration.
25 posted on 05/27/2012 12:32:42 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: marshmallow; All
i'd better spell it out: they were filled with glee when obama was elected. the most visible of them is on record stating that the Church "has advocated universal healthcare for nearly a century".

And now they want us to be martyrs.

Oh, the courage!

26 posted on 05/27/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: unixfox

This Lutheran is joining up too.


27 posted on 05/27/2012 12:43:07 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: marshmallow
It’s now put up or shut up o’clock.

Some of the comments are priceless!

28 posted on 05/27/2012 12:53:21 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: unixfox

We certainly need you — there are too many Catholics who still do not heed the bishop’s statement.


29 posted on 05/27/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: marshmallow

Where and when? United we stand divided we fall!


30 posted on 05/27/2012 1:12:37 PM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: marshmallow

It’s again time to watch “A Man for All Seasons.”


31 posted on 05/27/2012 2:40:08 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: thirst4truth

That’s pretty much the scope of it.

In orher words, we are going to tell this so called government to go straight to hell!

F U B O !!


32 posted on 05/27/2012 2:50:57 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: marshmallow
I know it will never come to past, but what would really be fun, would be to call this "Fortnight of Freedom....

crusaders

"A Modern Crusade"

What better way to watch the heads of so many of our far left brethren and sistahs heads' explode as well as witnessing all the Mooselimb Groups here (as well as their fellow Islamic Jihadist Worldwide) go apoplectic, if not, Postal.

Can you imagine Chrissy Mathews, Herr Schultz and Mad Cow Maddow, et al., spitting and sputtering hardly able to contain themselves? lol

33 posted on 05/27/2012 3:52:52 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: marshmallow

Somebody needs to start a movement to involve Hispanic Catholics in this Christian activism.

We need to get them to start connecting God with voting against democrats and their satanic agendas.


34 posted on 05/27/2012 4:59:57 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Cicero

The priests in my parish, St. Paschal Baylon of Thousand Oaks, CA, are all totally on board with the bishops. They have been preaching about it at every Mass.


35 posted on 05/27/2012 5:29:31 PM PDT by karnage
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To: ladyjane
I have to wonder - why haven’t ALL Catholic schools and colleges joined in these lawsuits? Why haven’t all Catholic hospitals joined in them?

Social Justice

36 posted on 05/27/2012 5:45:21 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: karnage

Good to hear. You are fortunate.


37 posted on 05/27/2012 6:41:18 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Bratch; ladyjane
"I have to wonder - why haven’t ALL Catholic schools and colleges joined in these lawsuits? Why haven’t all Catholic hospitals joined in them?"

"Social Justice"

Actually, it is sound legal strategy. Should anything be found to be structurally wrong with the 13 separate law suits filed there are literally hundreds of others ready to file follow-on suits.

38 posted on 05/27/2012 7:01:22 PM PDT by Natural Law (http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: blueunicorn6; Skooz; unixfox; marshmallow
We're having a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally here in Johnson City, TN on June 21. We're seeing signs of significant involvement with the Baptists, who are very knowledgeble about the issues and (to me) movingly generous in their support.

Upper East Tennessee's first joint Baptist-Catholic rally. And we're hoping for some Lutherans, Bible-Church and Non-denoms. Love it, love it, love it!

39 posted on 05/27/2012 7:19:22 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Anybody who loves Jesus is a friend of mine.)
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To: Natural Law

I hope you’re right.


40 posted on 05/27/2012 7:23:02 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: the invisib1e hand
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. - Thomas Paine

they were filled with glee when obama was elected. the most visible of them is on record stating that the Church "has advocated universal healthcare for nearly a century".
In Europe the Catholic Church has a history of being The Establishment, and of viewing other Christians as “protesters.” It’s understandable in that context that the Catholic Church has not always correctly calibrated the length of their spoon when dining with the American government.

Even now, as they belatedly recognize an existential threat from the big government types of whom (some of) those Protestants have so long warned, some in their leadership are uneasy about associating with “protestants.” But of course, as Mike Huckabee put it, “We are all Catholics now.” We’re no more comfortable with abortion than the Catholics are.

And whoso would participate in limiting Catholics’ freedom of conscience now, must understand that they will certainly be next.


41 posted on 05/28/2012 3:34:46 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. - Thomas Paine

they were filled with glee when obama was elected. the most visible of them is on record stating that the Church "has advocated universal healthcare for nearly a century".
In Europe the Catholic Church has a history of being The Establishment, and of viewing other Christians as “protesters.” It’s understandable in that context that the Catholic Church has not always correctly calibrated the length of their spoon when dining with the American government.

Even now, as they belatedly recognize an existential threat from the big government types of whom (some of) those Protestants have so long warned, some in their leadership are uneasy about associating with “protestants.” But of course, as Mike Huckabee put it, “We are all Catholics now.” We’re no more comfortable with abortion than the Catholics are.

And whoso would participate in limiting Catholics’ freedom of conscience now, must understand that they will certainly be next.


42 posted on 05/28/2012 3:35:01 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
catholics warned. bishops ignored.
43 posted on 05/28/2012 4:58:22 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

It’s an Ecumenical Revival!


44 posted on 05/28/2012 11:31:29 PM PDT by SuziQ
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