A few days ago Sr. Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB Blog posted this:
Friday, March 9, 2012
Amish, Ok. Catholics, No.
The Amish are exempt from the entire health care reform law. So are members of Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry. Yet, when the Catholic Church asks for a religious exemption from just one regulation issued under the law – the mandate that all employers, including religious institutions, must pay for sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs – the Administration balks.
The President sees the Catholic Church as a threat. The Catholic Church is an obstacle to his money-saving-through-baby-reducing agenda. Doubt that? It is an obstacle to his plan for the state to grab control of vast swatches of the economy and social institutions which help people.
The President is part of a political party which has entirely embraced the culture of death. When you have given yourself to that agenda, you know that you must stop the Catholic Church. You must undermine, hurt it, hamstring it, extirpate it, drive it root and branch from the public square. You must attack the Church and her faithful members even while courting her quislings. You must obfuscate and fog and distort and lie and divide.
We must not now let up. We have to keep the pressure on the Administration while sticking with the bishops in defense of not just the teachings of the Church and the dictates of reason even without the aid of revelation, but the fundamental rights of Americans under the 1st Amendment. We have to make it clear to as many people as possible that if the President won’t uphold the Constitution, we who are both faithful Catholics and also good American citizens will defend it.
Pres. Obama is just the beginning.
Don’t let up and don’t get comfortable.