Skip to comments.Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'
Posted on 02/16/2014 4:29:01 PM PST by marshmallow
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Welcome to the party, pal.
Took the words right out of my mouth.
I think Chaput was at the party a long time ago. You are thinking of a different bishop perhaps.
(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 nations courts and state houses.
CNSNews.com: Gen. [William] Boykin (Ret.) recently said that Given our nations 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 Obamas 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. Theres 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, its 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. Were 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 were 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.
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 email@example.com
It’s the “uncivil” disobedience he needs to be concerned about.
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
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.
Archbishop Chaput is correct, but this administration will counter civil disobedience with everything at its disposal.
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...
Bishop Cupich is not the same as Archbishop Chaput.
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.
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.
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.
Lol ... in the meantime, they are all happy to accept your financial contribution.
True, and it requires INFORMED voters to do just that.
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