Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Question -- UPDATED
That is the question.
The USCCB's statement
Fr. Z's take on it
The dissenting catholyc nun, Sr. Keehan, supports the 'accommodation' from HHS. Realize this, her statement was released through the White House's website, along with another dissenting Catholic group. The President is pitting the faithful against one another in his game of chess. That said, I am not sure how faithful Sr. Keehan is. Here's Te Deum laudamus! on Sr. Keehan. Both Planned Parenthood and Sr. Keehan are pleased by the 'accommodation'. That kinda tells you where this gal is at spiritually. She needs prayers, poor thing.
Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan's cagey response here.
Government as Religion (a must read). Here's a snippet:
In this case, the Obama Administration has ruled unilaterally that health insurance programs provided by the Catholic Church must pay for abortions. Forget about the welter of discussion about whether the Federal mandate extends beyond those of many states. That’s not the core issue here.
For the government to say, as it has, that its goals are prior to the Catholic Church’s core beliefs, is precisely to say that government power is unambiguously senior to all other claims.
This is radically counter to the doctrines of the American founding. It’s more radical than anything that even FDR said during the New Deal. It quite simply elevates government to the level of a religion.
Political Theater (from the Cardinal Newman Society)
Fr. Longenecker's favorite take on the so-called accommodation. Another must read. This one makes it very clear that what is at stake is religious freedom.
Read the bishops' leaked memo here.
Here's a rundown of articles about the HHS battle against religious liberty, and a little bit of talk about excommunication. Perhaps it's a 'Come to Jesus moment'.
Update: Understand this: it really is about eugenics and eliminating poor people. George Neumayr's searing take on the HHS mandate.
The man is not our God, no matter how much he is portrayed as the messiah by the press. Bowing down to Obama is idolatry.
It seems the man is not going to budge. He thinks he can divide us over this issue and thereby boost his reelection chances, garner more power, and continue the implementation of the culture of death in our country and around the world.
Posted by Gretchen at 8:02 AM