Friday, May 18, 2012

Gird yourselves

The time is fast upon us when Catholics must choose who they are and who they support. Are you a Catholic or a catholyc? The issues facing the Church today in the United States, courtesy of the Obama administration, will separate the wheat from the chaff, even in our little corner of the Catholic world. Nancy Pelosi has determined that chaplains serving in the United States Military have no rights of conscience. Franciscan University at Steubenville, OH has been forced to drop health insurance coverage for students because of the HHS mandate. Read this homily by Most Reverend Robert W. Finn, Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, on the eve of the last presidential election in 2008. It was prophetic. Here is a snippet:

The Freedom of Choice Act will mark the beginning of a great persecution against religious liberty, because it will require tax payer money to be used for abortions. You and I will be faced with this legal trial: whether we should pay our taxes making us participants in the slaughter of Innocents or be liable for jail and fines.

And what of our Catholic hospitals? If we are forced to provide such destructive services under the Freedom of Choice Act, we will have to refuse. Catholic health care workers, and other men and women of good conscience, will risk losing their jobs when their conscience exception is lost and they are pressured to participate. I read a letter recently in our daily paper: The man said, “If you don’t want an abortion. Don’t have one.” Under a regime of such change, you and I will not have such an easy choice. By paying, it will become “our abortion.” Lord, have mercy on us, and on our country.

There's nothing like a good film to rouse the 'troops'. For Greater Glory comes out on June 1 (let us hope it reaches our community soon):

(H/t to Fr. Z's blog, where all the Catholic news that's fit to printed.)

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