A Talk on Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the HHS Mandate - 2
In pursuit of the truth - www.cinopsbegoneblogspot.com - Tuesday, May 8, 2012
(continued from the talk to the Catholic Men‘s Fellowship)
Now! - my personal comment on Cardinal‘s First Section Page: We need to change a negative into a positive. During the last four years America has changed from being pro-choice to pro-life. Thanks in some way to Father Frank Pavone and Priests for Life. This is a good time to evangelize, educate and get our parishioners politically involved in studying and knowing about the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Cardinal Dolan’s Second Section Page:
“AND IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT STERILIZATION, ABORTIFACIENTS, AND CHEMICAL CONTRACEPTION. PURE AND SIMPLE, IT’S ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, THE SACRED RIGHT, PROTECTED BY OUR CONSTITUTION, OF ANY CHURCH TO DEFINE ITS OWN TEACHNING AND MINISTRY.
“When the President announced on January 20th that the choking mandates from HHS would remain - a shock to me, since he had personally assured me that he would do nothing to impede the good work of the Church in health care, education, and charity, and that he considered the protection of conscience a sacred duty - not only you but men and women of every faith, or none at all rallied in protest.
“The worry that we bishops had expressed - that such government control was contrary to our deepest political values - was eloquently articulated by constitutional scholars and leaders of every creed. Even newspapers editorial supported us! … Well, for one, we’ll keep up advocacy and education on this issue…”
Now here’s what I think: From the book, “People of Hope” p. 207 - Cardinal Dolan is quoted, “… in my meeting with President Obama, he said, “The government can’t give hope, the government can’t love. You in the Church can, please keep doing it.” The problem is the President is running for reelection. He needs his base supporters in order to win. They are member of America’s secular religion and he is one of them.
In Cardinal Dolan’s third section page:
“THE White HOUSE ALREADY NOTIFIED CONGRESS THAT THE DREADED MANDATES ARE NOW PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTRY “WITHOUT CHANGE.” THE SECRETARY OF HHS IS WIDELY QUOTED AS SAYING, “RELIGIOUS INSURANCE COMPANIES DON’T REALLY DESIGN THE PLANS THEY SELL BASED ON THEIR OWN RELIGIOUS TENETS, WHICH DOESN’T BODE WELL FOR A TRULY ACCEPTABLE “ACCOMMODATION”.
“AND THE RECENT MEETING BETWEEN STAFF AND BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE AND THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF ENDED WITH THE PRESIDENT’S PEOPLE INFORMING US THAT THE BROADER CONCERNS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - THAT IS, REVISITING THE STAIGHT-JACKETING MANDATES, OR BROADENING THE MALIGNED EXEMPTION - ARE ALL OFF THE TABLE … “
George H. Kubeck - to be continued