The crisis of a second Obama administration

President Obama’s re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have created a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States. In the thought-world and vocabulary of the Bible, “crisis” has two meanings: the conventional sense (a grave threat) and a deeper sense (a great moment of opportunity). Both are applicable to the Church in America these next four years.

The immediate threat, of course, is the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate requiring Catholic institutions and Catholic employers to include coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacient drugs in the health insurance offered to their employees. The legal challenges mounted against this obvious violation of the first freedom, religious freedom, may well be vindicated. But with Obamacare now seemingly set in concrete, the Church will face a host of such implementing “mandates” and it will be imperative to contest those that are morally unacceptable, time and time again. Authentically Catholic health care in America is now in mortal danger, and it is going to take a concerted effort to save it for future generations.

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Bishop Bruskewitz Reflects on His Work for the Church and Calls on Laity to Boldly Evangelize | Daily News | NCRegister.com

As he nears retirement, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., reflected on the importance of the laity in modern culture, observing that well-formed men and women can bring Christ into the workplace and other areas where clergy cannot.

“We have to face seeing people where they are and bringing Christ to people where they are,” the bishop told CNA in Rome March 14.

During a recent ad limina visit with Pope Benedict, the 76-year-old bishop noted in an interview that Catholic laity have an irreplaceable duty in sanctifying the world.

He also had pointed remarks for those who identify as Catholics in the U.S. but work to advance policies that harm the Church and morality. “They have to realize that what they are doing is very serious, and very seriously wrong.”

His comments come after decades of controversy over prominent and politically powerful Catholics who support legal abortion, homosexual political causes and other positions contrary to the faith.

Now Catholic institutions are threatened by federal rules mandating contraceptive and sterilization coverage for their employees and students, with the explicit backing of Catholic politicians like Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the House’s minority leader, Nancy Pelosi.

Bishop Bruskewitz said the “defects” of recent catechesis need to be recognized as a source of such problems.

“Those defects are reflected sometimes in such phenomena as so-called Catholic legislators supporting anti-Catholic or even immoral things of a gross kind. I think it’s important that we face that challenge,” he said.

Catholics in the U.S. administration backing such policies need evangelization and, sometimes, discipline.

“I would say again and again that we can’t just rely on catechesis,” he continued. “Refusing Communion, for example, to politicians who support abortion is something that we should consider very seriously.”

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Contraception, the Election and the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com

How sad it is that two of the chief architects of the Health and Human Services mandate are Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius, both Catholics.

The Catholic vote will be pivotal, as it always is. The recent effort to get the Obama administration to rescind the HHS mandate has again brought to the fore the sad fact that Catholics are poorly educated about the Church’s teaching on contraception.

via Contraception, the Election and the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com.