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Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'
CNSNews ^ | 2/14/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth

Posted on 02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST by marshmallow

CNSNews.com) – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.”

Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.” Which is why, he says, that religious freedom must not be taken for granted, but be “vigorously defended” in the nation’s courts and state houses.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: chaput; religiousfreedom; religiousliberty; religiouspersecution

1 posted on 02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Welcome to the party, pal.


2 posted on 02/16/2014 4:33:31 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
Welcome to the party, pal.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

3 posted on 02/16/2014 4:37:33 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: marshmallow
In a banana republic piracy rules.


4 posted on 02/16/2014 4:39:53 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I think Chaput was at the party a long time ago. You are thinking of a different bishop perhaps.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 4:41:01 PM PST by impimp
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
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(CNSNews.com) – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.”

Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.” Which is why, he says, that religious freedom must not be taken for granted, but be “vigorously defended” in the nation’s courts and state houses.

CNSNews.com: Gen. [William] Boykin (Ret.) recently said that ‘Given our nation’s history as a country formed in large part by communities fleeing religious persecution, the principle of religious freedom has long stood as a core national ideal, enshrined in the Bill of Rights and guaranteed to all Americans.’ Do you think that this ‘core national ideal’ is now at risk?

Archbishop Chaput: “I think President Obama’s recent prayer breakfast comments about religious freedom were interesting but also curious, because in practice, the people who staff his administration have been the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory. There’s a very odd disconnect in praising religious freedom while the Justice Department goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor.

"So yes, religious freedom is one of our core national ideals, and yes, it’s at risk from two sources: an unfriendly political class, and our own distracted attention and indifference."

CNSNews.com: Are Christians being persecuted for their beliefs in the U.S.?

Archbishop Chaput: “'Persecuted' is a big word. We’re not in Pakistan or North Korea. But it would be very unwise to ignore the implications of government coercion like the HHS mandate, or the misuse of the IRS, or political and judicial attacks on the nature of marriage.

"Government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased in our country in recent years. The United States has no magic immunity attached to its liberties. The Constitution, as great as it is, is still just a piece of paper unless people vigorously protect their rights.

"For religious believers, that means defending their faith in the courts and legislatures. It also means living their faith with joy and conviction, publicly as well as privately."

CNSNews.com: What should Catholics do in the face of government mandates that would force them to act against key tenets of the Faith?

Archbishop Chaput: "Catholics have a duty to respect legitimate authority and pray for our political leaders, whether we personally care for them or not. The Church seeks to cooperate with public officials because we’re a community of citizens as well as believers.

“But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes,” Chaput added.

6 posted on 02/16/2014 4:43:23 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Army Air Corps
Yeah, but then there's this: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/give-me-your-poor-and-uninsured/Content?oid=2266221

A real WTF??!! moment for me and some people I know.

OTOH, Bishop Cupich will be on "Time with the Bishop", Sacred Heart Radio KTTO 970AM in Spokane, WA, 12 noon - 1pm PST, on March 5, 2014. Call-in line is (509)327-3695. Questions for Bishop Cupich can be emailed to inlandregister@dioceseofspokane.org

7 posted on 02/16/2014 4:44:29 PM PST by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: marshmallow

It’s the “uncivil” disobedience he needs to be concerned about.


8 posted on 02/16/2014 4:53:13 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: marshmallow
The time in which Civil Disobedience was merely noble is past. We live now, in light of the rampant Evil afoot in our Nation, in a time in which Civil Disobedience is mandatory.



"Dia shábháil ar fad anseo!"

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

9 posted on 02/16/2014 4:53:40 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlicha<center> <table backel the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: NYer; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; ...

Dear Nyer,

Please relax. President 0bama has promised us “if you want to keep your religion, you can keep your religion.” And one “must” trust the president’s promises.

Said with 300% sarcasm toward bh0 by GreyFriar


10 posted on 02/16/2014 5:15:48 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer; marshmallow

Let’s hope and pray that Archbishop Chaput will influence many more USCCB Bishops to speak out loud and clear about our relgious liberty in the USA like this, and that his new assignment from the Pope will help to amplify his own voice and influence with those who need to hear it.


11 posted on 02/16/2014 5:42:15 PM PST by Heart-Rest (Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:7)
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To: GreyFriar

Archbishop Chaput is correct, but this administration will counter civil disobedience with everything at its disposal.


12 posted on 02/16/2014 6:01:57 PM PST by zot
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To: marshmallow
Youbetcha, padre !
13 posted on 02/16/2014 6:03:34 PM PST by tomkat (sooner/better)
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To: NYer

I belong to so many groups, I don’t know which Resistance unit I’m going to be fighting for: Catholics, Christians as a whole,
whites, taxpayers, conservatives, people who are angry about losing their health insurance, people who want to keep their guns, people who want to teach their kids, people who are angry about the NSA, people fighting for the right to raise the crops they want...


14 posted on 02/16/2014 6:03:59 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: castlebrew

Bishop Cupich is not the same as Archbishop Chaput.


15 posted on 02/16/2014 6:06:59 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: NYer
“But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes,” Chaput added.

In other words, it's time to recognize it is the political gangsters rebelling against US, the rightful Power as designated and established in the Constitution.

Our standing should not be looked upon as seditious as we resist their lawlessness, it is they who have earned that epithet.

Today we struggle for a return to the rule of law but soon we will be struggling for survival if Archbishop Chaput's warnings are not heeded.

16 posted on 02/16/2014 6:17:34 PM PST by MurrietaMadman
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To: marshmallow

Civil unrest is so close in Maine, you can taste it in the air. As more and more people are being given a copy of the Constitution of Mine and the one now being written called the Constitution of the Republic of Maine, the hunger for freedom is growing along with a sincere hatred of a government, that regardless of party in power, subjects more and more while suppressing more and more freedoms.


17 posted on 02/16/2014 6:54:02 PM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

I am shocked. Americans just don’t get in the streets, unless they’re Lefty Marxists.

Not for anything do the polite Right get publically fussy. Especially when we can vent on the internet, burn time and daylight sitting around waiting for ballot day every two years. (Sadly, only partly snark.)

Other countries fight for right outside the big guy’s house, but not us.


18 posted on 02/16/2014 7:57:53 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: ottbmare
I belong to so many groups, I don’t know which Resistance unit I’m going to be fighting for ....

Lol ... in the meantime, they are all happy to accept your financial contribution.

19 posted on 02/16/2014 8:26:01 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: marshmallow
"The Constitution, as great as it is, is still just a piece of paper unless people vigorously protect their rights.

True, and it requires INFORMED voters to do just that.

20 posted on 02/16/2014 8:47:12 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: marshmallow

“...no more running. I aim to misbehave.”

21 posted on 02/16/2014 9:07:28 PM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: NYer

I’ll be the elderly Frenchwoman hiding Jews in my basement and stitching up the warriors when they come back from a fight.


22 posted on 02/16/2014 9:42:07 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare
I’ll be the elderly Frenchwoman hiding Jews in my basement and stitching up the warriors when they come back from a fight.

I would be too but I can't because I'm a man.

23 posted on 02/16/2014 9:49:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: marshmallow

I really love this guy. Wish he were still in CO.


24 posted on 02/16/2014 10:40:19 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: RitaOK

In Maine we need not go to Washington, to the septic system of the world, to fight. Our written State Constitution gives us all the authority we need, not through corrupt easily bought sluts and whores in public office, but through our peoples veto process.


25 posted on 02/17/2014 7:07:51 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

A pretty wonderful declaration from what I searched. Thx.


26 posted on 02/17/2014 12:06:24 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: marshmallow

I have been predicting this for a long, long time now.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 12:49:47 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: RitaOK
Pretty cool isn't it. Want to be free? Move to Maine and vote YES on secession in June of 2018.
28 posted on 02/17/2014 3:11:56 PM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine
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