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What they are saying about the “compromise”…

2-12-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 2 Comments
Church and State

Our bishops, Members of Congress, scholars, and the media are all commenting on the religious liberty “accommodation”, or rather lack thereof, announced by the White House Friday, February 10, 2012. We’ve compiled some of the best for you to stay informed and share with your family and friends. As you will see, our work is just beginning.

“…we note that today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services. We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful, and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all.” (emphasis added)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops February 10, 2012 statement (more…)

Media Misreports Bishops’ Position

2-11-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
Obamacare

We are already seeing news stories this morning misreporting the bishops’ statements reacting to the White House mandate modification announcement Friday, February 10, 2012.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement is lengthy. Here is what you need to know:

“…we note that today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services. We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful, and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all.”[emphasis added]

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White House Fails to Address Religious Liberty Concerns

2-10-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 1 Comments
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“Our religious liberties are an inalienable right not a privilege that can be changed on a whim,” said Matt Smith, Catholic Advocate president. “Our faith-based institutions should not be forced by this administration or any in the future to violate their beliefs.

“We are disappointed that today appears to be an attempt to fix a political problem in an election year. As some media outlets are reporting, White House staff was reviewing polling data before the HHS mandate was released on January 20. Their thinking was focused on 269 days from now and not the 220 years of our Bill of Rights.

“If the President is serious about protecting religious liberties, than he should signal to Congress he will sign into law the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act so no executive branch action or future action can trample on our rights in the same manner.”

Speaker Boehner – Obama Admin. Attack on Religious Freedom “Will Not Stand”

2-9-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments

Speaker John Boehner took to the House floor on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 to stand for religious liberty. Watch his remarks:

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ProtectOurConscience.org featured on Christian Broadcasting Network

2-7-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments

The lead item on this morning’s 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network was entitled “Catholics Unite Against Law’s Birth Control Mandate” and featured comments from Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith.

Watch below:

Do not silence Military Chaplains

2-6-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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Over the weekend we were alerted to news that the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains ordered priests not to read a letter from Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, on the HHS mandate. A compromise was later reached forcing language in the letter to be edited.

“The Obama administration must view the Constitution as a cafeteria of liberties where they get to pick and choose what is on the menu,” said Catholic Advocate President Matt Smith. “It is clear freedom of religion and freedom of speech are not available at this time. Catholics have been told by the Department of Health and Human Services to violate their conscience and now the Army is ordering them to salute and keep quiet. An army officer attempting to silence faithful Catholics serving our country in the name of the Commander-in-Chief is an insult to the values those brave men and women are fighting to defend every day.”

We must join together to stand up for our Church.

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National Conscience Protection Grassroots Campaign Launched

1-31-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 3 Comments

Catholic Laity can receive toolkit to contact Congress at www.ProtectOurConscience.org

Catholic Advocate today launched a nationwide campaign providing resources for faithful Catholics wanting to speak out against the recently announced Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule affecting conscience protections in health care coverage. The ruling forces organizations providing health plans to cover contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization regardless of their religious beliefs. (more…)

What the Holy Father and others are saying about conscience protections…

1-26-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 3 Comments
POPE MEETS ARCHBISHOP DOLAN DURING MEETING WITH BISHOPS FROM NEW YORK ON 'AD LIMINA' VISITS

Here are four powerful statements on the importance of conscience protections. One by the Holy Father the day before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued their final rule mandating health insurance plans cover sterilization, abortifacient, and birth control and then three in response.

We at Catholic Advocate particularly appreciate the call to action by Cardinal-designate Dolan and Archbishop Gomez. You can click here to visit our action center to answer their call and join your voice with others upset about this attack on our Church. (more…)

The Demands of Discipleship

1-23-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 0 Comments
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Christ calls us to discipleship. And discipleship demands a response of faith and courageous charity. Today it has become necessary to reclaim an ancient title: We are soldiers of Christ. (more…)

TAKE ACTION: Obama HHS Turns its Back on People of Faith

1-20-12 Posted by Admin in Blog, Religious Liberty 1 Comments
medicine-rosary

We first sounded the alarm this summer, and today our worst fears were confirmed: The Obama Administration will force religious institutions to provide and pay for various forms of contraception.

They tried to offer a fig leaf to faith-based organizations by saying they have one year to comply, but make no mistake: Today’s decision by the Obama administration is just a stay of execution. People of faith must unite against this administration’s constant assault on our freedom and beliefs.

President Obama said that he wanted to find “common ground” with people of faith. (Watch for yourselves!) But allowing this decision to move forward sends a strong signal to people of faith; that door is closed. The Obama administration and its allies are attacking our values and our freedoms. They are committed to their agenda. The question is: Will we let them succeed?

Will you join us in rallying behind the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act authored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R, NE-01)? We must send a message to those who attack the core of our founding principles.

Visit our Action Center right now and contact your elected officials. It will only take a minute, but it will make a longer lasting impact. Please ask them to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Then, share this post on your Facebook or other social media page for your family members and friends — and please urge them to do the same.

Members of the Catholic Advocate community who want very much to help with our mission — have been asking us what they can to do help. This is one of those opportunities. It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation.

The only way we can be victorious over this anti-freedom, anti-religious agenda is to join together in one voice by standing up for our beliefs.