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Anyone who attended Mass this past weekend surely heard about the Pope Francis interview published by the editors of America. But what you heard is likely different from what someone across the country heard — so I want to take a moment to set the record straight.
In the interview conducted by Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., the editor-in-chief of the Italian Jesuit journal, Pope Francis speaks candidly about morality and the Catholic Church’s role in an evolving world. I’ve included the segment of the interview where same-sex marriage, divorce, and abortion are discussed for you to see firsthand. Under no circumstances has Pope Francis endorsed same-sex marriage or called for the Church to relax its rules or alter its beliefs.
That’s why the team here at Catholic Advocate will continue our mission to fight for policies – and leaders – who will promote and defend our beliefs. In addition, defending traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, and religious liberty will remain the key focus of our efforts.
I hope you’ll continue to stand with us. Whether you can donate $25, volunteer your time, or keep our work in your prayers, your support is greatly appreciated.
If you turn on the news this evening, chances are you’ll see footage that breaks your heart, from either the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, or Syria. Both situations are tragic and beg the question: why?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer or solutions. But the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services has a suggestion – treasuring life:
||“Somehow we must restore the notion of respect for life into the fabric of the Nation. When the uniqueness of the human person created in the image and likeness of God is universally recognized, the possibility of a mass shooting is more remote.”
Friend, we’d like to share this prayer with you today. I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect upon it and pray for those affected by the violence in Washington, DC, and Syria.
A Prayer for Victims of Violence
Almighty and Ever-Loving God, in you we place our trust and hope. You guide everything with wisdom and love. Hear the prayers we offer for those who have been hurt or lost their lives. May your love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our heart. Look also with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair. We ask this in your name. Amen.
Last month at World Youth Week in Brazil, Pope Francis declared:
||“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”
We’re going to take it a step further. We need saints who will fight for religious liberty, for all people, protect life, and defend traditional marriage.
As you know, the Obama administration has launched an unprecedented attack on the religious liberty, violating the beliefs of Americans of all faiths. Religious organizations, like Catholic Advocate, have lobbied tirelessly against the administration’s radical pro-abortion and same-sex marriage agenda, but to no avail. The Obama administration has made it clear they have no interest in working with religious organizations to preserve your freedom.
Restoring religious liberty in America is going to come down to one thing: sending saints to the United States Congress.
The truth of the matter is that we can’t wait to elect a new president in 2016 to begin repairing the damage already done to religious liberty. Every day, doctors and nurses are being forced to perform procedures and prescribe medications that violate their beliefs, and insurance companies are being forced to pay for it. This should not be happening in America!
Tomorrow, August 1, 2013, the Health and Human Services contraception mandate goes into effect.
In other words, tonight at midnight we’ll lose a key part of our religious liberty.
This is more than unacceptable; it’s un-American. But Congress failed to act when we lobbied them to institute conscience protections legislation and only President Obama can prevent this destructive mandate from going into effect…but we both know that will never happen.
Friends, Catholic Advocate is on the front lines of the battle to restore religious liberty in America and put safeguards in place to make sure this type of radical executive power play never against diminishes our rights. But we urgently need your help to fund our efforts in all 50 states.
Friends, I can’t emphasize enough how important your help is today. We owe it to ourselves and our fellow Americans of faith to do whatever we can do try to reverse this historic attack on religious liberty. And more importantly, we owe it to future generations to make sure an attack like this can never happen again by passing conscience protections legislation immediately.
In 2009, the Vatican confirmed the first miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II’s intercession—curing a French nun of Parkinson ‘s disease—and Pope Benedict XVI signed the decree beatifying him in 2011. Last month, the Vatican confirmed the second miracle—curing a Costa Rican woman of a severe brain injury.
Well now it’s official. On Friday of last week, Pope Francis approved the second miracle, paving the way for Pope John Paul II to be canonized a saint by the end of 2013.
Pope John XXIII will also be canonized a saint.
These men are still examples for us today. With the Texas State Legislature likely voting this week on the fetal pain bill, I urge you to join me in prayer in honor of these two great men and servants of the Lord and those in Texas carrying the torch for the sanctity of life
Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.
Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us…
Blessed Pope John XXIII, pray for us…
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.”
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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.