Obama Gives Catholics One Year to Learn to Violate their Consciences

by Steve Ray on January 21, 2012

Obama and Sebelius announce requirements that violate Catholic teaching and consciences

This morning President Obama called New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan to break the news. (Announced by www.CatholicVote.org)

Secretary of Health and Human Services and pro-abortion Catholic Kathleen Sebelius just announced that the proposed mandate requiring all insurance plans to pay for contraception, sterilization and some abortion drugs is official — and Catholics cannot escape.

…and the fig-leaf exemption for religious groups will not be modified, apart from allowing some groups an additional year to comply.

Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan responded minutes ago, saying: “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

Beginning August 1, 2012 (less than eight months from today), the insurance premiums we pay, including the insurance premiums paid by Catholics for employees of churches and schools — will be used to cover drugs and procedures that are in direct conflict with the teachings of our Church.

Cardinal-designate, Archbishop Timothy Dolan opposes Obama!

That’s right. Our government will now force us to pay for insurance coverage for birth control, sterilization and even some abortion drugs.

President Obama ignored the organized efforts of Catholics across the country, including bold statements from the Bishops, university presidents (including Notre Dame’s Rev. Jenkins), and even his Catholic allies like Sr. Carol Keehan.

Instead, President Obama stood with his real friends — Planned Parenthood.

Make no mistake, this decision is a direct attack on you, our Church, and the religious liberty of all Americans.

Just yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the bishops from the United States who were completing their “Ad Limina” visit in Rome. The Holy Father specifically cited the “grave threats” to the freedom of the Church in America, and urged the Catholic community to respond, especially with “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity.”

He’s talking to you and me. The Holy Father’s brief address is a must read (link below).

Catholics arrested in China. Wake up America!

Finally, today marks exactly one year from Inauguration Day. In exactly 12 months, America will welcome a new president, or usher in four more years of Barack Obama and his assault on our liberties. This irony is not lost on us.

For on a day such as this, we realize that elections indeed have consequences. The Catholic vote must rise up like never before. 

Father Walter Nagle’s Excellent Blog:
http://walter-nagle.blogspot.com/2012/01/obamacare-hhs-mandate.html

Mark Shea Chimes in “RESIST THE TYRANT
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NCRegisterDailyBlog/~3/I3lVN7woz8c/im-not-normally-a-man-of-few-words

U.S. Bishops Vow to Fight HHS Edict
http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-012.cfm

Read the Holy Father’s Address to the US Bishops:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2012/january/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20120119_bishops-usa_en.html

Read the text of the HHS Announcement:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/01/20120120a.html

{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila January 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Hey Geri

And what if your priest would have told you that you werent approved by the church for something medically necessary? Would you have allowed the cancer to keep growing? Would you have allowed your church to dictate what procedures you were ALLOWED to get?

Sorry, but that sounds pretty nuts to me. NO priests is more knowledgeable about health than a physician.

(And just as an FYI, I had cancerous growths that kept coming back even after using the pill AND hormone shots)

And quite honestly, for Catholics to have voted for Obama in the first place goes against what your principles are about. When he was a Senator he was pro-choice…..where were YOUR morals then?

STEVE RAY HERE: NO PRIEST CAN DICTATE YES OR NO AGAINST THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH. WE BELIEVE THE CHURCH IS FROM GOD AND HE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS CHURCH. A PRIEST IS OBLIGATED TO TEACH WHAT THE CHURCH TEACHES. IF HE DOES NOT THEN HIS WORDS ARE NOT AUTHORITATIVE. THE CHURCH **DOES** KNOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND MEDICINE.

SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST MINDS IN THESE FIELDS ARE CATHOLICS, BOTH LAY PEOPLE AND THEOLOGIANS. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS PROBABLY THE MOST INFORMED OF ANY ORGANIZATION. THE DECISIONS MADE BY A PRIEST WHO TEACHES CATHOLIC TEACHING HAS TO DO WITH MORAL PRINCIPLES — WHAT IS MORAL AND WHAT IS IMMORAL.

YOU ARE CORRECT. CATHOLICS WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA VIOLATED THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHURCH. I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM AND MY CAR STILL HAS A BUMPER STICKER “NOBAMA”.

Rachael January 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I think everyone missed Shelia’s point. Her point was not that she would be forbidden to do these things by the Church Her point was that if the Church forbade Catholic institutions from covering these issues with employee insurance, then women who were given permission to do them would not have the procedures or medications covered by their insurance while working at those institutions. Pills cost about $100 a month and a hysterectomy is often upward of $10,000. Insurance companies are not interested in the fact that your pastor gave you permission to obtain these services for therapeutic reason, they are interested in whether or not your plan covers those services. This is the disjunct. There are no exceptions for moderate to severe medicals problems that are solved by methods that are commonly referred to as “contraceptive” (such as pills) or “sterilization” (such as a hysterectomy).

I don’t think it is fair to characterize what she said as “falsehood” either. Every human body is different and some people require different solutions to medical problems. Some women can use non-hormonal or non-surgical alternatives, but others cannot.

Deanna January 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

It sounds like the U.S is on it’s way to becoming like Canada. We have no choice up here and the gov’t won’t even discuss the issue—we all have to pay taxes, we all have to pay our medical premiums in each province. I don’t have a problem with these 2 issues and I think having to pay medical premiums is a wonderful way to manage the health care system. We don’t have to worry about not being able to pay a dr.’s fee, etc. My only problem, and any pro-lifer has issue with this, is that our whole society is guilty of paying for abortions, the pill, etc. etc. We do not have a choice where our money goes. Our prime minister will not even discuss the abortion issue. We have no abortion laws. That’s right. NO ABORTION LAWS. Perhaps we’re the only country in the world who doesn’t have any abortion laws. I don’t know. Where is my freedom when it comes to money I’ve earned? Why do I have to pay for someone elses’ contraception or abortion, which both contribute to the murder of a child. And somebody commented that they were pro-life but sounded like they were “for” aborting an innocent life as a result of rape. Let’s ask these questions. How many hearts are beating inside the woman’s body when she is pregnant? How many brains are inside a woman’s body when she is pregnant? If we abort a baby that was conceived in rape, who’s heart stops beating? I’m sure ALL medical literature will back up this statement: a beating heart indicates the existence of life. In this case, in the case of human beings, it is a human life. I’m sorry, but a pregnancy is only 9 months. If the woman doesn’t want the baby, give i t up for adoption. There are thousands of parents waiting, sorrowfully waiting to adopt a child. Then get on with your life if that’s what you want.

Michael January 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Abstinence and Adoption : THE REAL Choice that can address the MORAL and MERCIFUL Options. Anything less can only lead to PAIN and more Misery.

Samantha January 26, 2012 at 4:25 AM

FYI: Healthcare is not a right. Sorry.
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I believe the expressed outrage by Catholics and religious groups, alike, is that our right to opt out of something that we do not believe in, is being impeded on. Specifically, a healthcare plan that we would inevitably require ALL people to have to work and pay for (btw, if you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it’s free), that we just don’t want to do. Having a national healthcare (no matter how insane it is) plan in place wouldn’t be such a horrible thing, as long as there was one way or another for i.e., religious groups/individuals to opt out of it.
Another wonderful example along these lines… some parents choose to not have their children vaccinated upon birth or entrance into an educational institution (granted, if the institution accepts a certain amount of federal funding, then some immunizations would be void under the religious exemption), because of reasons undisclosed. Some parents feel that vaccinating their children too early in their life, causes brain damage/deficiencies in brain/body development because of chemical contaminants, etc. Point is: what’s wrong in letting the people have the option (cue flashback to Proposition C in the state of Missouri, this past year!) to opt out of something, as long whatever they were opting out of posed no harm or threat to themselves or other(s)?
Simple as that… no big deal.

AnnoyedGirl January 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

There is a simple solution to this- Drop your “morally wrong” insurance plan and go uninsured, like most American’s already do.

STEVE RAY HERE: WHAT A WASTE OF TIME MAKING A STUPID COMMENT LIKE THAT. SUCH A RESPONSE IN THE FACE OF AN ATTACK ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS SYMPTOMATIC OF THE PROBLEMS IN AMERICA.

Zossima Daugherty January 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Dear Steve Ray,

Wake up and smell the coffee. To the extent you are engaged in commerce and paying taxes in this country, to that extent you are already indirectly supporting these practices. You cannot control what other people do nor should the Catholic Church be engaged in trying to legislate morality through the government. Perhaps you would prefer to return to the days of the Inquisition? Maybe you could learn a lesson or two from the many Christian martyrs over the centuries who died because of a lack of religious liberty, something which has never really existed in this country. Consider the history of Catholicism in the original 13 colonies.

DEAR ZOSSIMA: I SUGGEST YOU NOT ONLY WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE BUT HEAR THE ALARM CLOCK. THIS IS A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. WHEN PEOPLE IN AMERICA BEGIN TO IGNORE SUCH MATTERS THE WHOLE SYSTEM OF FREEDOMS WILL COME CRUMBLING DOWN. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE ONLY ENTITY LEFT THAT HAS THE CLOUT AND THE OBVIOUS RIGHT TO GET INVOLVED IN OUR COUNTRIES MORAL LIFE. IT IS MANDATORY THE CHURCH, OTHER CHRISTIANS AND ALL RATIONAL AMERICANS RESIST TYRANNY AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION RIGHTS GIVEN BY GOD AND GUARANTEED IN THE CONSTITUTION.

INQUISISITON? GET AN EDUCATION. THIS IS ABOUT BASIC AMERICAN FREEDOMS. I AM DEFINITELY CONSIDERING THE EARLY MARTYRS DYING FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS. ALSO THE 13 COLONIES WHO FOUGHT TO GIVE US THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE AMMENDMENTS, GUARANTEEING OUR FREEDOMS. THANK GOD FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT IS ONE OF THE FEW WITH THE GUTS TO STAND UP FOR BASIC HUMAN AND GOD GIVEN RIGHTS.

Gerrie Warner August 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

The action of a man who volunteers to die for his fellow creatures is universally regarded as noble. The extra claim not to have “really” died makes the whole sacrifice tricky and meretricious.

Myrtle November 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I think its time that the Catholic church leaves the BC era and come into the modern day living one. Birth control is a real necessity today and should be considered more humane that a lot of unafforable children running around. Just take a look around at all the “poverty” and that should tell them something. Everyone deserves to have medical coverage no matter what their religious beliefs are. They should not have to “choose” between their beliefs and not having children – no reason they can’t have both. Just because you take a “contraceptive” pill does not mean that you don’t believe in your faith.

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