Pope Warns America of ‘Grave Threat’ to Religious Freedom

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)

Pope Benedict warned of the “grave threat” to religious freedom in United States before the Obama Administration’s decision this week.
Catholic News Agency reported:

Pope Benedict XVI warned today of a “grave threat” to religious liberty in the United States that requires American Catholics to respond with intelligence and courage.

“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres,” he said Jan. 19 in an address to a group of American bishops visiting the Vatican.

The Pope said he was particularly concerned with “certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.”

Pope Benedict’s address was delivered to the bishops from the Mid-Atlantic states region, which includes the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore. They are in Rome this week on their regular “ad limina” visit to discuss the health of the U.S. Church with the Pope and Vatican officials. The two bishops from the Archdiocese for the U.S. Military Services are also participating in the meetings.

Pope Benedict said that over the past few days many of the bishops have expressed concern over attempts in the U.S. to “deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices.”

Meanwhile, other bishops raised the “worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship” without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.

At present, the Obama administration is considering imposing a contraception and sterilization mandate that would require all insurance companies to provide those services free of charge. The regulation has a religious exemption clause, but it provides very few exceptions for Church organizations.

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  • Matt

    Worst Pope ever!!!!!!!!!!

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #1 Goodbye

    OP:

    Thank you, Jim. Mr. Ratzinger is spot-on, and God bless him for his candor.

    Then again, God has blessed him — hence his candor.

  • just-saying

    So, is Obummer’s administration requiring that muslims eat pork, under interstate commerce concerns?
    .

  • Raybury

    @just-saying: No, only Jews.

  • Micha Elyi

    Haven’t been near enough papal excommunication decrees to put B16 in the running for “Worst Pope ever!!!!” Matt.

    Try again.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Not nearly the worst one ever, but certainly not one of the best. He’s in a hard position, coming right after J-P2, who was so enormously popular and whose personality made people overlook some pretty terrible decisions in the second half of his pontificate. Poor old Ratzinger is a place holder. May God give him wisdom.

  • Greg

    The Catholic and Christian churchs in general are in a quandary over the active promotion of socialism and economic justice which empowers the central gov’t…..and the effect of the empowered gov’t over free religion. Socialism is the enemy of freedom in all cases

  • DaveP.

    Feh. This annoys me, and I’m a Catholic. The Church in America pimps for illegal aliens (breaking American law in the process), gun control, Warmism, and a bunch of other Leftist ideals- but we’re supposed to jump to attention when the Lefties bite the Church? Ya shure, Ratzinger- we’ll get right on that, just as soon as the Church cleans the gay-rights activists and child molestors out of the seminaries in California…

  • RedBeard

    Greg, good point. But make that the Catholic church and the old-line Protestant churches. The rise of new alternatives to the dying old liberal denominations gives us some hope, at least.

  • MikeSilver

    #8 …. don’t forget about the Church’s total silence about Muslims murdering Christians in the Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, West Bank. Who speaks for those victims?

    Oh that’s right. We are supposed to be tolerate.

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  • Militant Conservative

    Ya think?! Satan is our president.

    God help America.

  • GOP KICKS ASS

    Well that’s odd. You’d think if Sebelious’s HHS could give out over 1,000 waivers to large corporate donors connected to the likes of Catholic Nancy Pelosi, they could certainly give out a few waivers to Catholic hospitals, right?

  • GOP KICKS ASS

    You earlier commentors were spot on. The Catholic Conference of Bishops has reaped what they have sewn. They spend millions of Catholics money to lobby Congress for all their social justice programs and for open borders with Mexico and supporting Obamacare rather than simply helping the needy, and now they are getting their just reward. Perhaps they need to just donate all the CAtholic money to Obama’s re-election campaign to get this changed and this is exactly the political calculation is that the Obama administration is playing here by putting off their decision for a year. Isn’t it funny how Obama keeps putting all these big decisions off until after his re-election? It is called campaign fundraising folks and the Catholic Conference of Dolts will fall far it.

  • Theadora

    #3 –

    The muslims are exempt from obamacare and have been since the start.

    They don’t believe in purchasing insurance. It’s equal to gambling in their eyes.

    And they have a brother in the WH now. Even if he is there illegally.

  • squeaky

    a friend of mine [black] who has long passed on used to say that the only thing she had to do was be black and die. everything else in life is subject to change. with a small adjustment i say the same. nothing promised by obama is set in stone…….a promise to one group negates a promise to another.

  • bigL

    shake down. Straw man. You can’t curse our country with parasites and rail from the pulpit
    sbout “being kijnd and accepting andelping” then waiil when yr ox is gored. Poster above said it too.
    Perhaps the churches should reform as tuna canners and get waiver then…

  • squeaky

    a year exemption makes me wonder about heavy lobbying to extend that exemption. the terms hoodwink flim flam and bamboozle come to mind.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/exemptions.asp

  • squeaky

    “Ya think?! Satan is our president.” when he zeros in on people who maintain a moral conviction and forces them to either stand by their convictions or betray them. like the movie “devils advocate”.

  • Molon Labe

    Let’s hear it for Dear Leader 666 and his mobys. There is a full assault on all our freedoms by the Dear Leader and his minions.

  • `Greg is spot on………..like some others has said you reap what you sow………The church has aloud the seeds to continue to grow and now the church will pay dearly i’m afraid………….just sayin

  • b pocoroba

    Lashed out….why use that?

  • Andreas K.

    Pope Palpatine calls contraceptives “gravely immoral”. Why people still listen to this dictator I don’t know.

    That’s the same pope who’s very silent about child abuse in catholic ranks. Just like his predecessor. Oh, they apoligize and stuff, but they also cover up most of the stuff. Proof: Groer and Krenn.

    He and his ilk are supporting islam in Europe. His cardinals and bishops in Europe have openly supported islam to spread its black cloud all across Europe, because, according to them, islam brings god back into society. And they can’t do that without his approval.

    He’s just another power hungry piece of human trash who should be put on trial with the rest of our so called leaders.

  • J

    Years ago, here in MA, a law was passed that would force the catholic charities in this state to put homosexuals on the list as eligible parents for adoptable children. The Vatican finally observed that this charity had been placing children with homosexuals for quite a while and that the homosexuals were put at the head of the list no matter when they signed up. The Vatican then blocked that charity from having an adoption process. With catholic churches like the ones that support kennedy/kerry/pelosi, etc., the church will not long survive.

  • Granny

    Whatever one thinks of this Pope, he is deadly accurate in the statement that the actions of Obama to force religious institutions to pay for insurance that provides coverage for things directly contrary to their beliefs is a HUGE threat to religious freedom in the USA, particularly in the face of his exemption to ALL muslims from the provisions of Obamacare at all. How is that not religious discrimination?

    There is worse, however. The Catholic Church own, maintains and operates a large number of hospitals in the US. They provide healthcare for about 1 in 6 Americans. The Catholic Church has maintained since Day 1 that if they were forced to provide abortions/birth control that they would close their doors. Do not think this is an idle threat. And no, the US government can hardly walk in and confiscate billions of dollars in church owned property – at least without sparking a civil war.

    Hopefully, some nincompoop in the Obama Regime will take a close look at the unanimous decision from SCOTUS regarding the Church and discrimination laws, see the handwriting on the wall, and quickly back away from this stance.

    If they don’t, well that is huge grist for the mill and Obama might very well have handed over the ’12 election on a plate.

  • Fuquay Steve

    WOW, the ignorance is up early today – or maybe it never went to bed. Equating fairness for illegals and killing of the unborn. Real logic there. This Pope has done more good in this world than you could ever dream of – if there is a Pope that tolerated the sex abuse scandals it was JP II. Sorry to burst your bubble, morons.

  • Sam Stone

    Within the American left, Christianity must be relegated to the dust bin of history replaced with the support and promotion of Islam.

  • Robert

    The “grave threat” to the Church has come from
    its support of unrestrained liberalism for the last 50 years.

  • Ipso Facto

    Although the literal content of the Pope’s message is correct, I’m a bit hesitant to really heed a guy that walks around with diamonds in his shoes when there are so many poor people.

    As said above, the CC got in bed with the amnesty folks, and the open borders crowd so now they have a bit of deciding to do. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • midusdew

    Exactly ipso facto,

    The religious leader are forgetting what Jesus said to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.

    When the religious leaders try to take the law into their own hands it always gets slapped.
    There will never be a Utopia here on Earth because Evil is ruling it….

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  • David Kramer

    Until killers of babies are excommunicated from the Catholic Church, I will never step back into one. The Catholic Church has lost me and many others with their pandering to certain political leaders. Yeah, how bout cleaning out the church of these people first. Then you may have a leg to stand on.

  • StrangernFiction

    What MC said.

  • Swifty

    With the comments about how bad the Catholic church is here, thank God they have the Democrats and the Republicans to worship instead.

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  • bg

    ++

    “what the fascist left have been aiming for is to “equate” good with evil..
    that’s the only way they can appease their conscience in the face of the
    harsh reality they are trying to escape from because it does not fit in with
    their ideological utopian matrix.. if there is no good vs evil, then all is good
    even if [the] all is evil..” – bg

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  • JAY

    The US Catholic happily embraced Obama in 2008. Now they reap the whirlwind. Good. Maybe they will learn something.

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  • Dave Francis

    WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT?

    It just goes to show as illegal aliens flee Alabama, the unemployment rate is dropping for American labor–as according to several reports? Enforcement policing protocols are having the desired effect, which proves that state immigration laws do work if practiced, condemned and not neglected. My guess is that although I have not heard of any similar hiring statistics in Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina and even Utah, but it wouldn’t surprise me if this news hasn’t been suppressed by the newspapers and the central government. It will be very interesting to learn if promises are kept by the 4 remaining presidential personages. Even Gingrich’s agenda to give the long time illegal aliens some form of pardon, without citizenship. Even if Newt Gingrich triumphs in the election as a new Commander in Chief, his idea of an invader Amnesty still must get the vote to pass it in a TEA PARTY majority House? Whereas, I hate to think of a returning President Obama will have in-store for the United States? Whatever his idea of enforcing immigration laws are, it will just attract even more impoverished and criminals to arrive via our almost unprotected border or by international jet.

    Who can we really trust to build the true parallel fences across the width of our nation? The establishment GOP capitalist will always demand cut price labor, with the Democrats hoping that by turning a blind eye, illegal aliens will vote in all elections—leading up to the grand finale in 2012? Most farmers are not innocent in procuring cheap labor, knowing that the taxpayers will be the payee for the health care and the children’s education of unlawful workers. Politicians ignore the huge billion dollar costs for illegal family settlement, that these are court appointed unfunded mandates which has been a fiscal anchor around the necks of the U.S. populace. Does Gingrich, Romney, Santorum or even Paul recognize the financial impact on all 50 states? Welfare benefits have slowed to American citizens, especially in Sanctuary States as California, Nevada and others, because of the financial support to people who have contempt for our laws.

    To restrain President Obama and his Liberal progressive Czars as Eric Holder, the only avenue is to elect strict TEA PARTY Constitutionalists in oncoming federal and state elections. There are two points to remember that entering the United States has been intentionally classed by Congress as a civil matter? That it is not classified as a Felony; as it should be? Although being hired for a job or using a stolen ID or another person’s Social Security card can be prosecuted as a felony, as they have committed two crimes. The Tea Party will rescind any covert amnesties, sanctuary city ordinances, chain migration, dream act. The Tea Party are determined to build the 2006 Secure Fences (ACT) and additionally overhaul federal spending. Become acquainted NumbersUSA and learn about the billions of dollars taken from taxpayers in unfunded mandates by pandering to illegal aliens.

    This is labeled as a “Backdoor Amnesty.” Washington must enact ‘The Legal Workforce Act ‘Known more commonly as Mandated E-Verify. Plus “The Birthright Citizenship Act” to stop the inducement of bringing unborn infants into the country, that provides free welfare, education and health care. WE THE PEOPLE’S Constitution is under siege by the resident government and must be stopped, when they are allowing illegal aliens back on the streets. BE WARNED THAT NON-CITIZENS HAVE BEEN VOTING AND CERTAINLY WILL AGAIN IN FUTURE ELECTIONS. Every voter should possess official picture ID to vote?

    Just come to light and been revealed in the highest levels of government. The Judicial Watch, the legal watchdog group has uncovered massive registration fraud with improprieties involving ACORN and in addition the Department of Justice. Read about the mind bending revelation of this organization that once employed Barack Obama. Judicial Watch is digging out the corruption in Washington DC, of implications to voter fraud; cementing the votes for our resident president by illegal means in our compromised election system. Go to http://www.rightsidenews.com for all the information.

    The TEA PARTY does not alienate any race or nationality as the Liberal media would like you to think. It just requests the 1986 Immigration law (IRCA) enforced and not altered to pander to illegal migrants and immigrants.

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  • burt

    I wish he would reform Notre Dame.

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  • Rose

    Didn’t the Catholic Church back Obummer? The leaders actually believe in his socialist, redistributive world—-except now he is doubling down and it is not looking so good to them. Naive or what? My suggestion is that the church should stay out of politics and tend to their flock.

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  • DawnJacquelyn

    This pope is way out of line. His statement that all non-Catholic churches, i.e., Protestant denominations, are not true Christian churches, is simply untrue! Then he claims all Jews are in darkness; adds to the Ten Commandments, one of them forbidding the accumulation of wealth – while they dip into their piggy banks and pay out BILLIONS of dollars in lawsuits. The Catholic Church has gone insane and Ratzinger seems to have a very tenuous hold on reality.

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