Bishops urged to imitate St. Thomas More in mandate fight :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 20, 2012 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has held up the 16th century’s Saint Thomas More as a model of courage for bishops in the face of the federal contraception mandate.

America‘s Catholic bishops cannot simply grumble and shrug, and go along with the mandate now, without implicating themselves in cowardice,” he wrote in a Dec. 19 column for The Witherspoon Institute.

“Their current resolve risks unraveling unless they reaffirm their opposition to the mandate forcefully and as a united body. The past can be a useful teacher. One of its lessons is this: The passage of time can invite confusion and doubt – and both work against courage.”

St. Thomas More, a leading politician of his day, lived at the time of the Anglican schism, when King Henry VIII made himself head of the Church in England. English bishops protested the move at first, but with time all but one, Saint John Fisher, acquiesced to the move.

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Catholic Bishop Promises Civil Disobedience if ObamaCare Abortion Mandates Enforced « News for Catholics

In Catholic News on November 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

It appears that the Catholic Church is gearing up for a showdown against the Obama Administration, especially when it comes to the ObamaCare mandates concerning abortion. Gateway Pundit has more…

Catholic.org reported:

Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” (April 16, 1963) is one of our nation’s elegant testimonies to the political implications of our Declaration of Independence:

“One may want to ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”

Indeed, there may be more theological letters written from the confines of jail cells in the near future, as the Catholic bishops quickly approach the end of a one-year deadline given to them by the Obama administration to obey the HHS mandate or face the consequences. Not a single bishop has signaled any other intention than to embrace the consequences with the joy of serving Christ.

Was Archbishop Chaput predicting the future in the interview when he concluded,“This has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries”? We know it has crossed his mind: At Chester Springs, he said, but only half-jokingly, “I don’t want to go to jail.”

If the election affirms the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, there is a 100 percent chance that there will be civil disobedience in the Catholic Church, led by its bishops. Whether jail will follow is anyone’s guess.

I wonder how the media will cover this? Will the Catholics be portrayed as “dangerous radicals?” Will they be accused of all the things that OWS actually did, and was given cover for? I think we all know the answer to that. Though, there is a possibility that Obama will relent, if to only take some of the pressure off.

We’ll see what happens.

via Catholic Bishop Promises Civil Disobedience if ObamaCare Abortion Mandates Enforced.

Alaska bishop: both Biden, Ryan hold views that are ‘inconsistent’ with Church teaching : News Headlines – Catholic Culture

Alaska bishop: both Biden, Ryan hold views that are ‘inconsistent’ with Church teaching : News Headlines – Catholic Culture.

Here we go with those who will conflate “social justice” issues with life issues as being of the same value. This kind of “seamless garment” argument does nothing but confuse the faithful and creates confusion; and Satan loves the faithful to be lost in confusion.

Catholic Bishop: Pro-Abortion Biden Shouldn’t Receive Communion | LifeNews.com

Catholic Bishop: Pro-Abortion Biden Shouldn’t Receive Communion | LifeNews.com.

Bishop Michael Sheridan speaks out in Colorado Springs.

Ryan, Biden, and the Bishops

Ryan, Biden, and the Bishops.

Some Bishops chimed in after the VP debate and here is some of what they had to say from the above article. (please read the whole article if you have time)

Following the interview, the bishops weighed in with vigor:

  • Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, issued a joint statement “to correct the misrepresentations” of Church teachings advanced by Biden. Indeed, they argued that “the senator’s claim that the beginning of human life is a ‘personal and private’ matter of religious faith, one that cannot be ‘imposed’ on others, does not reflect the truth of the matter.”
  • Speaking explicitly of Biden, as well as those Catholic politicians who share his position, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota, said, “they really should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion because it is a scandal.”
  • Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin released a statement by the bishops’ Administrative Committee, the highest authority of the USCCB outside the conference’s plenary sessions, affirming support for the position as outlined by Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Lori. “As teachers of the faith, we also point out the connectedness between the evil of abortion and political support for abortion.”
  • Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput said of Biden: “I certainly presume his good will and integrity and I presume that his integrity will lead him to refrain from presenting himself for Communion.”
  • Bishop Paul S. Coakley of Salina said, “Senator Biden confused the matter [of abortion] further by saying that he ‘knows when (life) begins for me,’ but that this is a ‘personal and private issue.’ That life begins at conception is a scientific fact, not a personal or subjective or philosophical or religious opinion.”
  • Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley joined with Archbishop Chaput in accusing Biden of “poor logic” and “bad facts.”
  • Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan accused Biden of taking it upon himself to “explain Catholic teaching on abortion to the nation — and blundered badly.”
  • Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington labeled Biden’s position “simply incorrect.” He said, “The Didache, probably the earliest Christian writing apart from the New Testament, explicitly condemns abortion without exception.”
  • When Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton was asked what he would say to Biden, he restated his position that “No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion.” He added, “I will be truly vigilant on this point.”
  • Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City slammed Biden for using a “false argument to justify [his] cooperation with evil.”
  • Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley complained that he finds it “disturbing when politicians and others try to dismiss us [the bishops] as people with merely an ecclesiastical or religious sectarian point of view or opinion.”
  • Bishop John Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee said Biden’s position indicated “a profound disconnection from [his] human and personal obligation to protect the weakest and most innocent among us: the child in the womb.”
  • Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa blasted Biden for his “erroneous beliefs” about the beginning of life and for creating a “division” between “privacy and social responsibility” that was “tenuous.”
  • Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington chastised Biden for not recognizing that “When life begins is not a matter of faith, but a matter of science.”
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Catholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First | LifeNews.com

Abortion

Catholic Bishop: Florida Voters Should Vote Pro-Life First | LifeNews.com.

Another Catholic Bishop speaks out on moral issues. A vote for those who would support Pro-Death candidates can never be a morally acceptable choice.

New Jersey Archbishop Myers: Catholics who back gay ‘marriage’ should not receive Holy Communion | LifeSiteNews.com

Rev. George. H. Clements giving Holy Communion...

New Jersey Archbishop Myers: Catholics who back gay ‘marriage’ should not receive Holy Communion | LifeSiteNews.com.

Are we finally starting to see the U.S. Bishops gain some backbone in their defense of the Faith that they have sworn to uphold and to teach? Let’s support Archbishop Myers in his unpopular defense of Catholic teaching.

L’Osservatore Romano attacks the Gates’ – Vatican Insider

L’Osservatore Romano attacks the Gates’ – Vatican Insider.

At least Melinda Gates is getting some push-back from Rome as is Nestle Corporation who is trying to get rich on the backs of the poor or from the donations that are provided from the U.N. and other philanthopic groups. When it comes to so-called Catholics that are involved in campaigns that deny the teachings of the Church: when will the Bishops excommunicate or at the very least bar these people from the Blessed Sacrament? By continued reception, they only compound their sin by heaping mortal sin upon mortal sin. I don’t find any charity in allowing a soul to keep doing this: not to mention the message to the faithful that it is OK to deny a tenet of the faith and still remain a Catholic in good standing. It’s a scandal.

A Roman Catholic Affirmation of Personal Faith

A Roman Catholic Affirmation of Personal Faith.

I wish that all our Bishops would require a similar profession of faith for anyone who teaches, or acts in a role of representation for our Church. I wonder if Melinda Gates, Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden and many other Catholic pretenders to the faith would sign or attest to such a document. They might, just to keep their Catholic base happy. A profession of faith shouldn’t be necessary as our Baptismal promises say that we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which certainly implies obedience to ALL that the Church teaches. But, alas, it needs to be spelled out these days. Hypocrisy not to mention a lack of honor is visibly apparent in these activists who scandalize the Faith day in and day out.