CATHOLIC BISHOPS Slam Obama’s Assault on Religious Freedom

Last week Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan lashed out at the Obama Administration for forcing religious organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. The new rules are so strict that most Catholic institutions will not qualify for an exemption.

(The Echo)

Even Pope Benedict warned of the “grave threat” to religious freedom in United States before the Obama Administration approved the new rules.

Now this…
In thousands of churches this weekend, Catholic priests read a version of this letter during Mass. The letter was sent out by the Catholic bishops.
“We will not comply.”
Business Insider reported:

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,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

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  • Patty

    If the contest is Obama or The Pope, The Pope wins hands down. He has and Army with God on his side.

    It is a true reflection on Obama incompetence and if he believes he is going to take on the Catholic Church, he has another thing coming. You see, you mess with the Catholics in any Country they are going to win.

    On another note, it seems that Obama presents with his girls in a church that was so evidently filled with prejudices in this day and age, well, Obama feelings speak for themselves and ignored by others. Now, he will reap what he sows. Fight is just beginning.

  • Just Da Facts

    If Catholics really want to take on Obama, they need to be willing to go for the jugular, that is they need to demand that Obama release all of all of his records and that he make his alleged original copy of his long form birth certificate availible for forensic examination.

    If Catholics don’t have the guts to do this, Obama will probably be re-elected and they will be forced to submit to his mandates and injunctions.

    Make no mistake about it, Obama is a Dictator.

    Game on!

  • USMC Thomas

    Catholics need to show SØBama how an effective Occupy Whitehouse works.

  • mpw280

    I would believe the bishops more if they weren’t constantly getting in bed with the democrats on social issues all the while ignoring the twin elephants in the room, that democrats are fully pro abortion and anti religion. How can they now scream about anti religion when they repeatedly carry water for democrats. After 30+ years of watching churches in the Chicago and Milwaukee area fawn over democrats for them to suddenly turn their coats and get indignant about what they surely knew would be a pro abortion agenda in the health care bill, that they fully supported, seems either naive or extremely stupid. Maybe they were fed a line about we won’t force the Catholic Hospitals to conform, but how could they possibly expect the democrat tiger to change it’s stripes. mpw

  • indccc

    Unfortunately, the USCCB made their deal with the devil long ago by supporting the so called “Social Justice” movement and they are still giving millions to Planned Parenthood. If this actually wakes them up to what they have done…wonderful! I’m right there with them. But….I have my doubts.

  • Patty


    George Soros: there ‘isn’t all that much difference’ between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    This isn’t exactly the kind of endorsement the Romney campaign is looking for. It’s probably even less welcome than the purported nod for Newt Gingrich from crooked GOP congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham sent from his jail cell.

    Speaking in Davos, gathering place for the global elites and upscale chattering classes, billionaire investor George Soros – loathed by conservative activists for his “zillion-dollar left-wing radical agenda machine” – seemed to be pretty much OK with the notion of a Romney presidency.

    “Well, look, either you’ll have an extremist conservative, be it Gingrich or Santorum, in which case I think it will make a big difference which of the two comes in,” he told Chrystia Freeland of Reuters in a videotaped interview. “If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them.”

  • Patty

    Reference: #7

    Could this be in an ad quick in Florida? It would be amazing.

  • Patty

    George Soros: there ‘isn’t all that much difference’ between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    This would be the ad. 😆

    Sorry done now on OT

  • Adirondack Patriot

    In my church here in New York, a majority of the parishoners are liberal Democrats who support Obama and abortion. This letter is nothing but a buzzing gnat to them.

    The embrace the pro-life narrative when it comes to opposing war and the death penalty for murderers, but when it comes to protecting the unborn, they opt for convenience and liberalism becomes their scripture.

  • Sasja

    I thought most catholics voted for the Infanticide-In-Chief. Far as I’m concerned, they got what they voted for. So, tough.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    I think that even most Catholics, along with most other Christians, still spend the other six days watching TV.

    Church on Sunday, the Altar of Satan the other six days, pumping the Gospel of Death into their psyches.

    Which one wins their hearts? I think it’s obvious when considering voting patterns, isn’t it?

    Any bets on when the Paulian spammer will drop his screed on this thread?

    I’ll take “by comment #25”.

  • Peggy R

    The laity have been leading the charge against RvW for 39 years. It’s time for the bishops to lead us on this. We’ll follow. A priest suggested that the bishops need to take canonical actions with dissenters such as Sebelius, Pelosi, Biden, Durbin, Cuomo, etc… to bolster credibility on this.

    Obama2012. You’re sick. And wrong.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    I’m sorry, but are these the same Church leaders who gave Obama an honorary degree at Notre Dame? There is not one person who didn’t know that Obama was going to ram abortion funding and contraception funding and gay marriage down the throats of the American people. He voted against a bill that would have required medical professionals to save the lives of abortion victims born alive. Obama voted live, inconvenient babies into the trash can. The Catholic Bishops knew every bit of this to be true, but they became apostates when they groveled at Obama’s black feet.

    There is no more Church, it is dead. It has left the Europeans by whom it was built, nurtured, and meant, and has gone on to becoming nothing more than a Leftist organization built to advance the interests of non-White peoples over the White, Western Man. The only thing the Church hates is the White, Western, Productive Classes. Abortion, gay marriage, contraception, that’s all negotiable if they can have unfettered immigration, wealth redistribution, and “social justice” above all things. To stand aghast now that it is their ox being gored is a bit much for me. I remain faithful to the true Church of Rome, which no longer exists in the United States or in much of the Western World. Any true Church would have excommunicated en masse the Kennedy family, Pelousy, Kerry and the host of Democrat Catholics who stand shoulder to shoulder with their Party, holding the hand of every abortionist as he tears a human being to shreds in the womb. The Church has refused to do anything which might actually save the lives of children. When they start publicly excommunicating Democrats, I’ll believe the Church cares about abortion. Until then, forget it. It’s fundamental that you cannot be a Catholic and support abortion rights.

  • Kate

    I am waiting to hear the Notre Dame is giving Obama yet another high honor. Sleep with the devil and this is what happens. Maybe all those Catholic Democrats will wake up and see the attack on Christianity, but I am not holding my breath. Religious rights mean nothing to Obama unless Muslims are concerned.

  • Just Da Facts
  • Sasja

    Taquiy. I’m betting before comment #20.

  • Militant Conservative

    Obama is evil and KNOWS who Satan is.

  • Bridge

    As a Catholic I am embarrassed to agree with Sasja. We have met the enemy it is us. Biden, Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy, Leahy….all Catholics.

  • Gus

    I notice quite a few imbeciles making comments about Catholics and Bishops and heirarchy being liberal or going the “social justice” route.
    Folks, this violation of a clear Constitutional freedom of Religion AFFECTS ALL OF US.
    Which of YOUR RIGHTS is it ok for Obama to take??
    This is not about the Catholic church.

  • rcl

    Impeach the bastard now!