30.1.12

We will not comply...

In a letter vaguly reminiscent of the reply of Captain Durler to the mob at the Tuilleries, the Bishops of the United States were asked to have read this letter... (this one was personalized by Alexander K. Sample, Bishop of Marquette).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just been dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people — the Catholic population — and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience,to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Obama Administration’s decision.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Alexander K. Sample
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Bishop of Marquette


As in 1792 the fight has just started. It is unfortunate that this Bishop and the other Bishops who had this letter read relies on law, “of, by, and for the people,”.
Laws made by men are fleeting, "...and change like the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb". It is Gods law by which men need to present themsleves. Reliance on a government's laws are foolish. It was by man's law that abortion was "found" to be in the constitution and declared constitutional by a court meant to uphold the law, “of, by, and for the people,”. If a case can be found to allow abortion, (er "a womans right to choose") in the constitution by what guarentee can we expect that a consitutional mandate will not be found that requires abortion?

Religious Liberty will not be restored until we stand up and prepare ourselves to be marytred for the faith.

Be prepared the time will come when you will have to make the choice, Catholic for God, or man for state.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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