Monday, January 30, 2012

Not in our parish

I wonder why our parish leadership did not read this letter, or one similar to it, to us this weekend. There is a SERIOUS assault on our religious liberty going on by the Obama administration. I hope something is mentioned soon. The faithful need to know a) what has happened, and b) how the bishops wish us to proceed.


  1. It's possible that our Bishop did not send a letter to his Priests. One couldn't help but to notice that at the March for Life last weekend, there was very little, if any, "DOR" leadership presence. At the youth rallies, there were 28,000 teens with their respective priests and Bishops. Each Bishop was called out by name. If Bishop Clark was unable or unwilling to attend, he could have sent a delegate of priests.

  2. Gretchen,

    I think the Bishop of Pittsburgh has the most spirited and passionate letter found here"

    A snippet:

    Last September I asked you to protest those guidelines to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, and contact your political leadership in the federal government. I asked that you request that this flawed mandate be withdrawn because of its unprecedented interference in the religious liberty and freedom of conscience of the Catholic community, and our basic democratic process.

    You did. And you were joined by Catholics throughout the country (and many others as well) who raised their voices against the mandate, raised their voices against a meaningless religious exemption.

    On January 20, 2012, the Obama administration answered you and me. The response was very simple: “To Hell with You.”

    Kathleen Sebelius announced that the mandate would not be withdrawn and the religious exemption would not be expanded. Instead, she stated that nonprofit groups – which include the Catholic Church – will get a year “to adapt to this new rule.” She simply dismissed Catholic concerns as standing in the way of allegedly respecting the health concerns and choices of women.


    Kathleen Sebelius and through her, the Obama administration, have said “To Hell with You” to the Catholic faithful of the United States.

    * To Hell with your religious beliefs,
    * To Hell with your religious liberty,
    * To Hell with your freedom of conscience.
    We’ll give you a year, they are saying, and then you have to knuckle under. As Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded, “in effect, the president is saying that we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.”

    Read the rest at the link's inspiring and a call to action.

    --CPT Tom

  3. Agreed, CPT Tom. Also, Bishop Clark has just released a letter.

    Read it here: