Religious Freedom And The Need To Wake Up

I agree with Archbishop Chaput in this – but I have to ask :

When the Catholic Church got into bed with the government on Obamacare, what did they expect would happen? Were they like all authoritarian/communist appeasers, thinking that the fiat for healthcare would pass over them like the Angel of Death passed over the Jews? Did they actually believe that these people were motivates by the public good and not power over the public? What made them think that healthcare would be any different than abortion?

“IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups — especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names — for extra scrutiny when they sought non-profit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting grassroots projects to ‘make America a better place to live,’ to promote classes about the U.S. Constitution or to raise support for Israel.

“However, it now appears the IRS also challenged some individuals and religious groups that, while defending key elements of their faith traditions, have criticized projects dear to the current White House, such as health-care reform, abortion rights and same-sex marriage.”

Terry Mattingly, director, Washington Journalism Center; weekly column, May 22

Let’s begin this week with a simple statement of fact. America’s Catholic bishops started pressing for adequate health-care coverage for all of our nation’s people decades before the current administration took office. In the Christian tradition, basic medical care is a matter of social justice and human dignity. Even now, even with the financial and structural flaws that critics believe undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the bishops continue to share the goal of real health-care reform and affordable medical care for all Americans.

But health care has now morphed into a religious liberty issue provoked entirely – and needlessly — by the current White House. Despite a few small concessions under pressure, the administration refuses to withdraw or reasonably modify a Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate that violates the moral and religious convictions of many individuals, private employers and religiously affiliated and inspired organizations.

Coupled with the White House’s refusal to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and its astonishing disregard for the unique nature of religious freedom displayed by its arguments in a 9-0 defeat in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision, the HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion. Access to inexpensive contraception is a problem nowhere in the United States. The mandate is thus an ideological statement; the imposition of a preferential option for infertility. And if millions of Americans disagree with it on principle – too bad.

The fraud at the heart of our nation’s “reproductive rights” vocabulary runs very deep and very high. In his April 26 remarks to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the president never once used the word “abortion,” despite the ongoing Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia and despite Planned Parenthood’s massive role in the abortion industry.

Likewise, as Anthony Esolen recently noted so well, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s public statement on the conviction of abortionist Gosnell was a masterpiece of corrupt and misleading language. Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three infants, but no such mention was made anywhere in the NARAL Pro-Choice America statement.

None of this is finally surprising. Christians concerned for the rights of unborn children, as well as for their mothers, have dealt with bias in the media and dishonesty from the nation’s abortion syndicate for 40 years. But there’s a special lesson in our current situation. Anyone who thinks that our country’s neuralgic sexuality issues can somehow be worked out respectfully in the public square in the years ahead, without a parallel and vigorous defense of religious freedom, had better think again.

Christianity is dependent on the generosity of the human heart, not the coercive power of the government. The Archbishop’s post reeks of the naivete of Neville Chamberlain, shocked that Hitler would lie to him.

“Even now, even with the financial and structural flaws that critics believe undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the bishops continue to share the goal of real health-care reform and affordable medical care for all Americans.”

Would it not be better to facilitate a booming economy where people can prosper and manage their own affairs rather than tax and spend America into bankruptcy so that no one has security other than that provided at the whim of government?

Sorry Your Grace, the Catholic Church lay down with dogs…it is hardly surprising that it has an itch today.

8 thoughts on “Religious Freedom And The Need To Wake Up

  1. I disagree with the Catholic Church on a number of issues, but for many years Catholic hospitals would accept any and all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Not sure if that is still the case, but it certainly was in the 50s, 60s & 70s.

  2. @trapped – that is right – that was Christian charity, but somewhere along the line the Church got on board with coerced “charity” and became part of the problem. Now they see the error of their ways.

  3. The Catholic Church is heavily invested in the social just-us movement & supports La Raza. I left the church at 14, but always thought I could find my way back at some point. After 9-11 I tried to go back, but I don’t believe folks with my viewpoint will be welcome in the Catholic Church again. I will always miss the church of my childhood, my cousin was a nun and my first real job was working at a parish rectory.

    • Trapp,

      Mine is pretty much the same story: raised catholic, got old enough to realize the Church is NOT what it was meant to be and left. Doubt I’d ever be welcomed back.

      I wonder what Christ thinks of Peter’s Church now? 😦

      • My world view was shaped by the Catholics & it’s still hard for me to be objective about the church, but I think Christ might tell the church to stay out of politics.

        • Trapp,

          I am not entirely convinced that we are NOT supposed to be in politics. It’s just that we are not supposed to be in them in the way we are: crooked and corrupt. After all, God told Moses how to have the people arrange and govern themselves, and then God gave Israel a king when they demanded it — but only AFTER telling them a king was the wrong way to go. So, if we read the ENTIRETY of scripture, I think we’d find there is a place for Scripture in politics — by teaching people how we should act and treat each other, not how to vote.

  4. Think maybe the Catholic Church should support Free Clinics here as well as their for profit Hospitals. Problem is the government intrusion into any endeavor like free clinics. Yet abortion clinics seem unregulated as evidenced by Gosnell and others.

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