Yearly Archives: 2013
On this final day of the Fortnight for Freedom and Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty – which just so happens to coincide with our nation’s Independence Day – I’d like to thank you for your support throughout the past two weeks.
We united thousands of faithful Americans to pray for religious liberty for people of all faiths and encouraged hundreds of them to take action — either by contact their members of Congress, donating to support our mission, or sharing parts of the Virtual Vigil with their family and friends. Although we still face an uphill battle to defend religious liberty, and of course the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, I am positive we are making an impact.
So in closing today, I leave you with the full lyrics to God Bless America.
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home!
God, help America,
To be her best,
To reap justice and compassion,
And to stride strongly through every test!
From the Great Lakes to the bayous
To the canyons to snowy Nome,
God, bless America, My home, sweet home!
Which Obama administration policy makes you the most angry?
||1. Taxpayer-funded abortions, easy access to the “morning after pill,” and not requiring parents to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion.
2. The Health and Human Services Obamacare mandate requirinng employers – including religion-based employers like Churches and hospitals – to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees including the birth control, abortion, and sterilization procedures.
3. Refusing to recognize the Defense of Marriage Act – which was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last week – and lobbying to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states.
Whether you chose 1, 2, or 3, the conclusion is the same. The Obama administration, led by two self-proclaimed “good Catholics” (Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi) is waging a war against people of faith – and right now, they have the upperhand. Until we put our foot down and reclaim our rights, which are enshrined in the Constituion, the Obama administration will do everything and anything it can to encroach on our religious liberty.
- Alert the public to the ways the Obama administration is chipping away at religious freedom by pushing a pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, anti-faith agenda;
- Educate voters about how their elected officials have voted on key legislation regarding abortion, marriage, and conscience protection rights;
- Rally people of faith to contact their members of Congress is support of legislation that defends the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty; and
- Keep the truth about the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty in the headlines.
As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom and Catholic Advocate’s Virtual Vigil Religious Liberty winds down, your support today is even more critical to ensuring we have the resources to fulfill our mission and hold our elected officials – especially Obama, Biden, and Pelosi – accountable.
How is the Obama administration getting away with its unprecedented push to make abortion and same-sex marriage as commonplace as white bread?
By making his token Catholics – Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi – the faces of the pro-abortion and same-sex marriage movements.
When asked if she thought same-sex marriage would be legal in all 50 states within five years, Pelosi said, “I’ve been in this – shall we say – crusade for a long time. And to see the pace with which it has accelerated in the past few years is very encouraging. Let’s hope it’s even sooner than that…” Talk about an all-out endorsement!
It’s not surprising that a Catholic priest recently called on Pelosi to renounce her Catholic faith, saying, “You can’t say you’re a Catholic and then betray the faith.” This same priest went on to criticize Pelosi’s comments in support of late-term abortion saying, “With this statement, you make a mockery of the Catholic faith and of the tens of millions of Americans who consider themselves ‘practicing and respectful Catholics’ and who find the killing of children — whether inside or outside of the womb — reprehensible.”
Please help us bring attention to Nancy Pelosi’s comments by sharing this graphic with your family and friends by forwarding this message, posting it on your Facebook wall, and sharing it on Twitter.
Between the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Obama administration’s release of its final ruling on the HHS mandate, it’s been a tough week for religious liberty. But we soldier on.
Please join us in saying this prayer for our nation. I hope you will also share it with your loved ones.
A Prayer for Religious Liberty
Blessed are you God and I praise you for the gift of freedom.
This day, I pray especially for government leaders -
the men and women elected or appointed
as the stewards of our rights and the overseers of our needs.
Grant them true discernment so that they may never stray from the duties
with which we citizens have entrusted them
to uphold our religious freedom and care for our well-being.
Give me the power to touch with your truth everything and everyone I meet.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Obama administration is trying to pull the wool over our eyes…again.
Yesterday they released the final ruling on the HHS mandate, claiming to take into account the public feedback received during the comment period. Frankly, I don’t know what feedback they considered – but it definitely was not from concerned people of faith.
The administration’s “compromise” still does not protect religious liberty and still requires individuals to pay for products and services against their beliefs. It’s ridiculous! If a religious organization notifies its insurance company that it opposes the mandate coverage, the insurance company will provide that coverage to the organization’s employees anyway – it will just be paid for by the premiums paid by other plan participants, not the organization itself.
We can’t decide if the Obama administration thinks we’re stupid or just plain doesn’t care. Either way, this final ruling is a slap in the face to every single faithful American!
If you, too, are angry and sick and tired of having your rights trampled upon, please join us and thousands of faithful Americans in praying for our rights by joining the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty.
Today the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and refused to defend California’s Proposition 8, which amended the state’s constitution to prohibit same sex marriage.
This decision to redefine marriage to include same sex couples presents an unprecedented attack on religious liberty in America.
We don’t have to tell you that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman and the building block of human civilization. Only a man and woman together can procreate, and research proves that children excel best when raised by a married mom and dad.
The policies that were in place to recognize marriage as a union only between a man and a woman protected more than just children; they also protected thousands of religious institutions throughout America that perform marriages and facilitate adoptions.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has the final say on the law. So today we turn our focus to defending religious institutions and laity.
- No priest or minister should be forced to marry two men or two women.
- No adoption agency funded by a religious institution shall be required to place a child with a same-sex couple.
Friends, there is no room for compromise. We will not tolerate the federal government to dictate religious institutions’ policy on marriage, nor will we sit back and watch them escalate their assault of religious liberty in America.
President Obama took his attack on religion to the international stage earlier this week, telling a crowd in Northern Ireland for the G 8 Summit that parochial education leads to divided communities.
His timing could not be more perfect, because today marks the beginning of the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops’ second annual Fortnight for Freedom.
You may recall last year during this period, Catholic Advocate launched the first ever virtual vigil. This year I’m proud to announce we’re doing it again, and with your help it will be even bigger and better.
Will you take a moment right now to sign up for the Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty?
Over the next 14 days, we’ll engage you in a variety of activities to promote religious liberty in America. From calling your members of Congress and supporting our efforts with a financial gift, to reflecting on carefully selected prayers, we hope you’ll participate in some way each day.
I’m excited to report that already today, three members of Congress—Rep. Diane Black (TN-06), Joe Pitts (PA-16), and Chris Smith (NJ-4)—held a forum to speak out against the Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom. Over the next two weeks, dozens more events like this will occur throughout the country.
This is an inspiring time to be a person of faith, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the unique opportunity to join with thousands of Americans in support of religious liberty for all. Please follow this link to sign up for the Virtual Vigil and start keeping watch today.
When asked about late term abortion, Nancy Pelosi retorted, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me.”
We’re still puzzling over what the ignorant House minority leader meant, but here’s what you need to know: her friends in the radical abortion lobby are about to win a critical battle against late term abortions.
Next week the House will vote on H.R. 1797, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after the twentieth week (beginning of the sixth month) in our nation’s capital – a federal territory. Abortion activists are up in arms over this legislation and are rolling out their PR machine to paint it as an attack against all women.
Friend, I fear the abortion army is winning the fight to frame the discussion. We must act now to tell the truth about late term abortions and make sure the House passes H.R. 1797. That’s why I’m asking you to drop everything right this moment and call your member of Congress to demand he/she votes in favor of this legislation.
Click here to find your member’s direct office phone number or call (202) 224-3121.
Staffers on Capitol Hill have admitted the best way to make a point is to keep the phones in the Congressional offices ringing off the hooks. So today we must FLOOD the phone lines with messages for our representatives to vote to protect the unborn and make late term abortions illegal.
Won’t you pick up the phone and call your member of Congress right now?
It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon in summer, and I know this is the last thing you want to do. But I can’t emphasize to you enough how important it is for you to reach out to your member of Congress today to demand his/her support for H.R. 1797. Friend, think about the millions of babies who have been aborted and the pain they felt. You can stop millions more from experiencing that horrific pain. So please, call your member of Congress right now.
Thank you in advance for your support on this urgent matter.
Pope Francis has made an historic announcement.
On Sunday, June 2—the Feast of Corpus Christi—at 5:00 PM Rome time, the Pope will lead an hour of simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. Millions of Catholics throughout the world—from the Vatican, to the Pacific Islands, and throughout the Americas—will join him for this solemn hour, regardless of the time. It’ll be two in the morning some places. Here in Washington, DC, it’ll be 11:00 AM.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who leads the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, says:
||“I am proud to say that this is a historical moment for the history of the Church because for one hour all the churches in the world will be united. … We are united because the Eucharist makes us all one body and one spirit, so we enter into the deepest meaning of the Eucharist.”
This particular Holy Hour will be dedicated to two intentions: the Church throughout the world and people throughout the world who are suffering.
We hope you’ll set time aside this Sunday to join in prayer with Pope Francis and your brothers and sisters of faith.