Saturday, January 21, 2012

This Means War

By now, you've probably heard that President Obama and his lackeys have decided to push ahead with the rule requiring health plans in the US to cover sterilization, contraceptives, and abortifacients. This can be construed as nothing more than an attack on the Church. We already knew that the Church was being singled out for discriminatory treatment in receiving grant funds to help victims of sex trafficking all because the Administration wanted to make sure that abortions were available.

Now, the President is actively seeking to destroy Catholic institutions, from hospitals to universities, by stripping them of their ability to provide health benefits to employees. The bishops have already responded:

The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans. Today’s announcement means that this mandate and its very narrow exemption will not change at all; instead there will only be a delay in enforcement against some employers.

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The cardinal-designate continued, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty."

No, Archbishop Dolan. What this represents is war, and hopefully a realization among Catholics that this initiative is a test run to see how the switch from a passive persecution to an active one is going to work. I hope the bishops understand that this is what their inactivity on the political front has wrought. Playing see-no-evil with the Ted Kennedys and Nancy Pelosis of the world sounded really good when the storm was just brewing. Now it's breaking, and the Church's sway in this country is at its nadir.

Hopefully, this will wake everyone up. This president and his supporters are enemies of the Church and therefore enemies of God. Remember what Christ said to St. Paul:

And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Acts 9:4

Making war against the Church is to making war against God. Catholics need to get involved now to defeat this man in the next election. Call your legislators in Congress. Do something, anything, but don't let this assault stand without confrontation.

Most of all, pray for the bishops. The President is being subtle, but essentially, this is just a request for the episcopate's submission. Either they stop him here, or he's going to run them over on everything else from this point on. Maybe they'll have to serve some time for civil disobedience. The point is that this could get ugly real quick, and we should support the ones who fight, pray for the weak ones so that they will fight as well.


PatO said...

Its a shame Catholics just can't tell the truth.

Catholics, you have religious freedom, which means you can practice the religion that you want.

It does not mean you can tell everyone else what to do. It does not mean you can take taxpayer money and keep it from gays just because you can't cope with your own homosexuality. It does not mean you can take taxpayer money and tell people whether or not to use contraception.

The country even allowed you to run the world's largest child rape cult with almost no arrests.

Sorry, you used your mulligan on rampant child rape. We don't trust you with anything anymore.

That was a bad move for everyone.

Paige said...

I would rather see Catholic institutions close rather than give in to this crap. Then, when there are no adoption agencies, fewer hospitals and people refusing to "go with the flow" people who don't want the government running everything will feel the hurt and wonder who will fill the gaps.
This is an absolutely awful bill and an awful decision that seems so obvious, but so many people are playing the relativism game and not thinking about it. I hope that the JPII generation stands up and fights for our right to be Catholic and our right to have the CHOICE of what we do with OUR BODIES, which is to treat them like the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Throwback said...

PatO, thanks for your comment and showing the rest of us what we're up against.

First, you imply that Catholics are lying, yet you decline to say about what.

Second, you have an odd definition of religious freedom. I'm at a loss to understand how free one's practice of religion is when its adherents and leaders can be compelled by the State to participate in something that is regarded as intrinsically evil.

Third, I'm unsure of what taxpayer money the Church is taking and keeping from homosexuals.

Fourth, you seem to object to freedom of speech as well. Do you seek to withhold these freedoms from everyone or just Catholics?

Fifth, your introduction of the abuse scandal non sequitur demonstrates that you are weak on real arguments.

Sixth, something tells me you didn't trust the Church even before any scandals.

But like I said, I'm glad you stopped by. There are probably a lot of Catholics who don't get a chance to see their enemies reveal themselves in such a manner. Thank you.