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Posted on 08/17/2012 5:17:47 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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Paul Ryan urges Catholics to act before religious freedoms erode
By Michelle Bauman
Vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan at a rally in Manassas, Va. Credit: Flickr.com-djbrandt (CC BY 2.0)
.- Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says Catholics must act now to protect their right to religious freedom from being diminished in American society.
This is a time where people of all faiths especially Catholics have to stand up and speak for our rights, he said. And if we do, we will rekindle civil society.
In an August 17 conference call organized by the online fundraising group Catholics2012.org, Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.) said that he tries to apply the teachings of his Catholic faith to his work.
Im proud to acknowledge that its why I do what I do, he said.
The vice presidential candidate also discussed religious liberty concerns that have taken center stage in the Catholic community over the last several months.
The concerns center around a federal mandate that requires most employers to offer health insurance plans that offer contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences.
The mandate has drawn criticism from groups representing a wide variety of religious and political backgrounds. It is currently the subject of numerous lawsuits throughout the country.
Critics of the mandate have said that it infringes upon religious freedom and could force Catholic hospitals, schools and charitable institutions to shut down rather than violate their sincerely-held religious convictions.
Ryan warned that this assault on our religious liberties constitutes a serious threat to all peoples of faith.
It is a violation of the First Amendment of our bill of rights, he said.
The vice presidential contender cautioned that the philosophy behind such actions seeks to displace civil society and crowd out our social mediating institutions, such as churches, charities and hospitals.
These are groups that connect the person to the community, he explained, and they play a role in implementing the principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and the preferential option for the poor that should be practiced in civil society.
Ryan said that he shudder(s) to think what the world could look like if President Obama is re-elected and his administration is able to continue eroding religious liberty.
There is a need for practicing Catholics to get the word out on these important issues, he said.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), who is also Catholic, warned that the mandate presents an unprecedented form of government coercion.
It is a different worldview that is operative, he stated.
Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Fortenberry introduced the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act in the House of Representatives to preserve the conscience rights of employers and health care providers across the country.
He explained that the bill simply restates a principle that has been operative in our health care system for many years.
However, despite initially gaining momentum, including the support of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and more than half of the U.S. House, the legislation has stalled in Congress.
Fortenberry emphasized the importance of fighting the mandate in order to protect Americas fundamental freedoms.
No American should be forced to choose between their faith and their job, he said. No one should be forced to choose between their conscience and their livelihood.
CWN - August 17, 2012
Making clear that he was endorsing no candidate, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison praised vice presidential contender Paul Ryan as a Catholic who is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles of Catholic social doctrine.
It was no shock at all for me to learn that our diocesan native son, Paul Ryan, had been chosen to be a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States, Bishop Morlino wrote in an August 16 diocesan newspaper column. I am proud of his accomplishments as a native son, and a brother in the faith, and my prayers go with him and especially with his family as they endure the unbelievable demands of a presidential campaign here in the United States.
It is not for the bishop or priests to endorse particular candidates or political parties, he continued. Any efforts on the part of any bishop or priest to do so should be set aside. And you can be assured that no priest who promotes a partisan agenda is acting in union with me or with the universal Church.
Bishop Morlino then distinguished between intrinsic evils and policy decisions on which Catholics of good will may disagree.
Some of the most fundamental issues for the formation of a Catholic conscience are as follows: sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, marriage, religious freedom and freedom of conscience, and a right to private property, he said. Violations of the above involve intrinsic evil that is, an evil which cannot be justified by any circumstances whatsoever. These evils are examples of direct pollution of the ecology of human nature and can be discerned as such by human reason alone. Thus, all people of good will who wish to follow human reason should deplore any and all violations in the above areas, without exception. The violations would be: abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, government-coerced secularism, and socialism.
However, a conscience well-formed according to reason or the Catholic faith, must also make choices where intrinsic evil is not involved. How best to care for the poor is probably the finest current example of this, though another would be how best to create jobs at a time when so many are suffering from the ravages of unemployment. In matters such as these, where intrinsic evil is not involved, the rational principles of solidarity and subsidiarity come into play. The principle of solidarity, simply stated, means that every human being on the face of the earth is my brother and my sister, my neighbor in the biblical sense. At the same time, the time-tested best way for assisting our neighbors throughout the world should follow the principle of subsidiarity. That means the problem at hand should be addressed at the lowest level possible that is, the level closest to the people in need. That again, is simply the law of human reason.
As one looks at issues such as the two mentioned above and seeks to apply the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, Catholics and others of good will can arrive at different conclusions. These are conclusions about the best means to promote the preferential option for the poor, or the best means to reach a lower percentage of unemployment throughout our country. No one is contesting here anyones right to the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, etc. Nor is anyone contesting someones right to work and so provide for self and family. However there can be difference according to how best to follow the principles which the Church offers.
Making decisions as to the best political strategies, the best policy means, to achieve a goal, is the mission of lay people, not bishops or priests. As Pope Benedict himself has said, a just society and a just state is the achievement of politics, not the Church. And therefore Catholic laymen and women who are familiar with the principles dictated by human reason and the ecology of human nature, or non-Catholics who are also bound by these same principles, are in a position to arrive at differing conclusions as to what the best means are for the implementation of these principles that is, lay mission for Catholics.
Thus, it is not up to me or any bishop or priest to approve of Congressman Ryans specific budget prescription to address the best means we spoke of, Bishop Morlino added. Where intrinsic evils are not involved, specific policy choices and political strategies are the province of Catholic lay mission. But, as Ive said, Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan is aware of Catholic Social Teaching and is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles mentioned above. Of that I have no doubt. (I mention this matter in obedience to Church Law regarding ones right to a good reputation.)
Let us beg the Lord that divisions in our electorate will not be deepened so as to have a negative impact on pre-existing divisions within the Church during this electoral season, he concluded. Let there be the peace and reconciliation that flow from charity on the part of all.
who stands up and lives his convictions!
The first time Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, met Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan, the congressman was talking about St. Thomas Aquinas. Cardinal Dolan reminisced about the meeting and their subsequent friendship and correspondence during his Sirius Catholic Channel radio show Thursday.
The meeting took place at Carthage College, a Lutheran school in Kenosha, Wisc., Dolan, then bishop of Milwaukee, was there to receive an honorary degree; Ryan, a fourth-term congressman, was the commencement speaker that year.
He gave I timed it nine minutes, which is excellent, on St. Thomas Aquinas, recalled Cardinal Dolan, who himself tends to give concise homilies. It was tremendous, in front of a Lutheran audience, the cardinal remembered. So we really started up a great correspondence and got to know each other very, very well.
We go way back, Congressman Paul Ryan and I, the cardinal continued. I came to know and admire him immensely. And I would consider him a friend. He and his wife Janna and their three kids have been guests in my house; Ive been a guest at their house. Theyre remarkably upright, refreshing people. And hes a great public servant.
Dolan stressed that he was speaking personally and not from a partisan point of view. . . . But I have immense regard and admiration and affection for him, just personally. Dolan added that he is happy his friend has the honor of being on a national ticket.
In his first solo outing this week, Ryan met hecklers criticizing him for policies they believe are against the common good. This summer, his budget was criticized on a bus tour by politically active liberal religious sisters, one of whom is on the verge of becoming a talking-head-show regular through Election Day. In his own show, taped Tuesday afternoon and aired Thursday afternoon, Cardinal Dolan acknowledged that Ryan has his critics, but commended the congressman for his efforts to tackle the federal budget deficit.
He recalled exchanges they have had about the Ryan budget plan (exchanges that National Review Online first reported on last May) and paraphrased Ryan:
Cardinal Dolan summed up his end of the exchange, saying: And I wrote back and said, Youve got a good point. And, I said, let me applaud some of the things you are doing, namely your call for financial accountability and restraint and a balanced budget . . . and . . . let me also applaud your obvious solicitude for the poor.
Once again it comes down to that prudential judgment. How are we going to do it? Dolan stressed that he was not trying to be an apologist for Ryan:
In his letter to Cardinal Dolan in April, Ryan wrote:
On his radio show this week, Cardinal Dolan affirmed that the social-assistance state is not the end-all, be-all. And it shouldnt become an end in itself, and sometimes, it can become strangling.
Cardinal Dolan credited Ryan with considering subsidiarity and solidarity, two principles of Catholic social teaching, in his approach to public policy. Its a both-and, not an either-or, consideration, the cardinal said, as most things in Catholic chemistry are.
Modeling how one would walk through the principles in making policy, the cardinal said:
Dolan welcomed the fact that there is a Catholic on each partys ticket. Do you not think its a cause for celebration in the Catholic community in the United States of America that the two vice-presidential candidates are Catholic? Did you ever think it would come to this?
Weve got two men who and you can disagree with one of them or both of them say they take their faith seriously, who dont try to hide it, and who say, Hey, my Catholic upbringing and my Catholic formation influences the way I think. Not bad. Not bad.
President John F. Kennedy, Dolan observed, couldnt say, My religion will affect my public policy. He couldnt say, My Catholic faith is going to have an impact on the way I govern. In fact, he almost had to say the opposite. And now youve got two guys . . . who were picked because their Catholicism was attractive.
Ryans bishop, Robert Morlino of Madison, also commended Ryan this week, as he has before. I am proud of his accomplishments as a native son, and a brother in the faith, and my prayers go with him and especially with his family as they endure the unbelievable demands of a presidential campaign here in the United States, he wrote in the Diocese of Madisons Catholic Herald. He added:
This is a big moment for Catholic voters to step back from their party affiliation, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of a new religious-liberty committee of the bishops conference, told me in an interview last week, just before Mitt Romneys announcement about Ryan. Advising Catholic voters, Archbishop Lori said: The question to ask is this: Are any of the candidates of either party, or independents, standing for something that is intrinsically evil, evil no matter what the circumstances? If thats the case, a Catholic, regardless of his party affiliation, shouldnt be voting for such a person.
Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online.
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Maybe Ryan could tie up Romney and throw him in a closet for four years. How much Catholic talk do you think Romney will allow, Brian?
Now gee, why would a legal principle have to be "restated" in order to be effective? Why is this bill necessary? Why can't the previous "legal principle" stand in full force? Maybe because that previous principle is a RIGHT? And now it has to be "restated" as a PRIVILEGE?
Why the hell do laws only apply if they AREN'T rights?
What do ALL of the politicans know that YOU don't?
Only as much as he needs to get himself elected between now and the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
And we wonder how Dolan and most of the rest of U. S. bishops got snookered. “Two Catholics” on tickets for national office? Is he really counting Biden as the other one? I’ll bet he though it was great that another one was Speaker recently. Tact, my dear Excellency, is not part of the oath of priesthood. “Feed my sheep” doesn’t mean a meal of platitudes.
RomneyCare has many of the same problems as ObamaCare, so, both, ObamaCare and RomneyCare need to be, fully, repealed!
“Dolan welcomed the fact that there is a Catholic on each partys ticket.”
What an idiot; the fact that there is a “Catholic” on the Dem ticket is simply a reflection of the failure of Dolan & Co. to do their jobs.
The Church hierarchy will be held accountable by God for this dereliction of duty; we have few heroes in our Church in America.
Can someone explain to me WHY so many Catholics vote Democrat? We’re Protestant and have lived in one of the most highly populated Catholic Parishes in our county. We all get along so well; have been good friends & neighbors for over 50 yrs. However if the subject of Politics comes up, they say they are going to Vote for the Democrats. I do Not Get It! Can someone, anyone help me out on this one? I’d certainly appreciate it.
Catholics have voted dimocrat in the past because they did not understand the principle of subsidiarity. Let the smalles government or entity take care of the problem.
Catholics have always had a mindset of serving others, and so did democrtats at one time.
Unfortunately the democrats changed to socialism.
Catholics need to support Ryan’s view of subsidiarity.
Paul Ryan urges Catholics to act before religious freedoms erodeDolan: Ryan Is a Great Public Servant (great insight into Ryan's views)
The messages from Heaven (private revelation) said Obama and Romney were not Christian in 08. The messages now in 2012 are saying the same.
By their record, both men are pro-abort and pro-sodomy,
intrinsic evils, so Ryan signing on as the VP candidate,
makes Romney the lessor of two evils? We should vote for
Romney now? Why in the world did Ryan sign on knowing
of Romney’s record and the truth, Mormons are not Christian?
Maybe, Ryan is the “miracle” Heaven has been asking everyone
to pray for and make a sacrifice. Something divine has to happen this time, trust God. Because...I don’t know how anyone can cast a vote for either one, BHO or Mitt.
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July 18, 2012
I call you all to be loyal to Me especially you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in every part of the world. When I was on earth I was loyal to My Heavenly Father every day of My life on earth. I came to do His will. You too should have the same reason wanting to follow My will every day.
There are some people these days that are teaching falsehood but saying that it comes from Me. Only My church can teach the true Gospel, which I brought into the world. There will only be the one Gospel and this is what you are to follow with all your heart. St. Paul in his earlier days was a persecutor of My Church. He wanted to destroy the Church I had founded on the Apostles. At the end I woke him up and he was converted. He came to believe in Me and he followed the true Gospel all the years after that until his death as a martyr in Rome. Do not listen to such people as those who belong to New Age or THE CHURCH OF THE LATTER DAY SAINTS. THERE IS NO TRUTH IN WHAT THEY TEACH. Follow Me in My Church and you will be blessed. I am your Brother who is calling you and who is ready to help you in this life and bring you home to heaven one day.
“Can someone explain to me WHY so many Catholics vote Democrat? Were Protestant and have lived in one of the most highly populated Catholic Parishes in our county. We all get along so well; have been good friends & neighbors for over 50 yrs. However if the subject of Politics comes up, they say they are going to Vote for the Democrats. I do Not Get It! Can someone, anyone help me out on this one? Id certainly appreciate it.”
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You say “50” years, that’s sounds the exact time, this sad
period of falling away from the faith.
Democrats in olden times use to be faithful. Just like
Protestants concerning certain matters of the faith. The Catholic democrats who are going to vote for Obama do not know of his evil history, especially older voters, they’ll
die a Democrat or they are Catholic...”in name only”, sometime Catholics. And a third, very important, they are badly catechized.
Here’s a question to ask. Before 1930 Protestants believed contraception was/is an intrinsic evil. Contraception accepted since then and preached from Protestant pulpits. Can you explain?