National Catholic Prayer Breakfast - The HHS Mandate
In pursuit of the truth - www.cinopsbegoneblogspot.com - Saturday, May 12, 2012
Mark Pattison - Catholic News Service: - Washington (CNS)-
“Religious liberty was topic A at the eight annual National Prayer Breakfast, held April 19 at a Washington hotel.
“Never in the lifetime of anyone present here has the religious liberty of the American people been as threatened as today,” warned Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, in remarks to the estimated 800 people in attendance.
“We must remind our fellow Americans, and especially those who exercise power, that religious liberty - the freedom guaranteed by the first Amendment - has been essential to the founding, development and improvement of the American republic.
“Anderson said, “Today we find a new hostility to the role of religious institutions in American life at a time when government is expanding its reach in extraordinary ways. And it’s not only because of the Obama administration’s HHS contraception mandate.
“Besides the mandate requiring that most health plans cover the cost of contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can induce abortion. Anderson pointed to the Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC case, a court challenge to a Lutheran school’s firing of a teacher. The attempt to more narrowly define who is a religious employee was unanimously rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“He also noted the revocation of a federal human trafficking grant awarded to the U.S. bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services because MRS would not offer its clients the “full range of reproductive services,” including abortion.
“A government willing to affect the faith and mission of the church is a government willing to change the identity of the church,” Anderson declared.
“During his (2008) visit to Washington, Pope Benedict XVI reminded is that ‘Christians are easily tempted to conform to the spirit of the age,’” he said, “The spirit of our age is profoundly secular. And secularism accepts religion - if it accepts it at all - only on its own terms.
“Under this view, religion is subordinated to the political interest of the secular state. And it is precisely this subordination of religion to the state that First Amendment weeks to prevent…” [ More info in the Orange County Catholic article in May 2012]
George H. Kubeck -
The bottom line is how to get the information to the parishioners of each diocese. Make them realize how serious this matter is because after the presidential elections Catholics and other Christians could be second-class citizens. The influence of the death culture blew my mind the other day where some poll came out with 51% so-called Catholics favoring the big lie -same-sex marriage.
I personally will be involved with door to door political missionary work during the special “Fortnight for Freedom” beginning June 21st to July 4th in all U.S. diocese.