Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan told Catholic News Agency that the Catholic Church “didn’t ask for this fight” over religious freedom with the Obama Administration. He also said, “You can’t compromise principles.”

Bishop Dolan also scolded far left Sister Carol Keehan, the head of Catholic Hospitals, for acting unilaterally not in concert with the US bishops in approving the guidelines.


In an interview Monday evening in Rome with Catholic News Service, Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan discusses why the U.S. bishops oppose the revised contraceptive mandate announced by President Obama three days earlier. Major excerpts here.

 

 

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  1. Before all the anti-Catholic rants about the past – it is important to note the the Church is moving in the right direction. There are parishes throughout the US that are becoming more and more conservative in terms of values. The recent generation of Catholics are the aberration- traditional Catholics are returning in droves and the liberals are declining. This trend will continue. We are becoming more vital to the country.

  2. I hear that the Catholic church is still fighting Obama on this issue and says dumping the cost and product onto the insurance companies is still not going far enough in religious freedom. I hear that “all the other Christian religions” have accepted Obama’s decision to pass this issue onto the insurance companies.

    I don’t believe this is the truth. I believe we may be seeing some Media Matters propaganda in this part, that everyone else says it’s okay for their churches insurance company to pay for it so long as the church doesn’t have to endorse recommending contraception or abortion to their members or employees. That is got to be crap! Many Southern Baptist churches are self insured in order to save money. Turning this over to their insurance company, that is under control of the church is still the church giving it’s permission and endorcement of contraception and abortion. So I think we are seeing some infiltration of some lies coming from Media Matters and/or some other Communist front group trying to promote Obama’s decision’s being good decision’s.

  3. As this continues to “go viral”, it can only strengthen the Catholic community. And it’s about time. I hope this complete lack of judgement on Team Obama’s part will be HIS final undoing…

  4. But please don’t vote for Obama in November 2012, whether Obama “changes his mind” or not.
    Roman Catholics have a disconnect. They vote knee-jerk for Democrats. Just this time, Please don’t vote democrat. One time in your lives. Stay home or vote for the GOP. Next time in 2016 vote democrat,Not this time..
    and Please Cardinal Dolan ,do not meet with Obama befoe a podium and raise your collective arms in avictory salute with Obama, do not do that.No matter whatis said that photo will carry the day.

  5. The Church misses the issue entirely. Even if Obama were to order HHS to rescind this rule, this time, the enabling act still grants HHS broad powers of life and death over every man, woman, and child in this country. They can rule that medical treatment should be withheld from the elderly, the disabled, the very young. They can at some future time require every employer to offer free abortion coverage and include the Churches in that order. The problem is that this act grants virtually unfettered power to the Executive going forward in perpetuity unless and until the act is repealed or found unconstitutional.

    And before you imagine the Courts will protect you against a ruthless, bloodthirsty future HHS? The Federal Courts won’t even hear a complaint until you’ve exhausted the agency’s internal processes. So, if you were denied a cancer treatment because you were over 70, you’d have to go through a decade of appeals inside the agency that ruled against saving your life before a court will agree to hear your complaint. Of course, you’ll be dead by that point so, there’s that problem. And once you do get into Court, broad deference is granted to agency interpretations of Congressional Acts. So where the agency is rulemaking within its mandate and those rules don’t directly conflict with Congressional intent, the Courts are reticent to overturn the agency rule. There would no recourse if a future HHS were to mandate abortion and contraception coverage to the Catholic Church as an employer.

  6. Bishop Dolan needs to put Notre Dame in their rightful place as well.

  7. This should NOT be allowed to be framed as a Catholic issue, and the Bishops are doing their usual inept job by framing it that way and working ONLY to gain exemptions for themselves.

    What about the lay Catholic who owns a business? Or the Baptist? Or the pro-life atheist? What about them?

    Are we going to allow the federal government to impose Democrat secularist “values” on everyone?

    THAT is the issue, the ONLY issue.

  8. Okay, Padre, it’s true; you didn’t ask for this fight.

    But I hope in all that’s holy that you have the gumption and staying power to fight the fight for all it’s worth.

    The stakes are that high.

    *****

    Santorium made a remark last night in Idaho which I would recommend to GP readers,

    He said the Obama administration believes it has the right to force the Catholic Church to hire women priests. “They’re going to fight because they believe their secular values should be imposed on people of faith.”

    He added, “Don’t you see how they see you? How they look down their nose at the average Americans. These elite snobs!”

    Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/15/1994669/santorum-woos-idaho-conservatives.html#storylink=cpy

    Once again the Ruling Class v. the Country Class (of Codevilla’s July 2010 article) raises its head.

    The Ruling Class sees us as subjects to be ruled, not citizens to be respected.

  9. Now he remembers. It seemed for a long time that the church was treating basic tenets of the Catholicism much like the democrats treat our constitution, some thing with a life of its own that changes with the passage of time. Moral absolutes are not fads that come and go with changes in secular governments. Yeah,yeah,yeah, the world is round but that was not a moral absolute as not murdering babies is. The ten commandments are not subject to repeal, revocation, suspension, rescission, modification, revision, accommodation, amendment, or supercission by any mortal man or political organization created by men. A few judges made a decision on when human life begins based on ignorance and lies that the advancement of science has proven wrong as to when human life begins because they rejected religion as admissible in court and democrats insist that it is “stare decisis”.

  10. [As with Komen, choice wasn’t okay with Planned Parenthood, and within a short amount of time, verbal abuse rolled in. Jill Stanek reports that a worker at Paul’s Pantry explained:] when you don’t play from the obama playbook…
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/now-planned-parenthood-bullies-catholic-food-bank-for-saying-no-to-them
    http://www.gocomics.com/glennmccoy/2012/02/11

  11. Estragon. Your’re right. Dolan and the rest of the Catholic leadership are inept. I’m afraid they also lack the courage or staying power for the long fight.

  12. Since the 1930′s the Catholic Church has been in bed with the god-state called socialism, under the guise of charity you know.They even supported Satan himself, Obamacare. Now they are realizing that this devil wants their soul as well.

    As long as they are standing fast for freedom from state tryanny I will stand with the Catholic Church too. But should they give up the fight, to hell with them.

  13. I’m not a Roman Catholic, actually little better than a heathen, and I see nothing wrong with birth control. But I’m with the cardinal and his church in this fight against tyrannical government. So are a great many people who are willing to fight for the right of others to be able to follow their consciences.

  14. Since Muslims were exempted, all religions should be, too.

  15. [Democrats: GOP Conscience Protection Amendment Would Take Us ‘Back to Medical Dark Ages’] the other shoe i was waiting for.
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/democrats-gop-conscience-protection-amendment-would-take-us-back-medical-dark-ages

  16. #1 February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm
    Fuquay Steve commented:

    Before all the anti-Catholic rants about the past – it is important to note the the Church is moving in the right direction. There are parishes throughout the US that are becoming more and more conservative in terms of values. The recent generation of Catholics are the aberration- traditional Catholics are returning in droves and the liberals are declining. This trend will continue. We are becoming more vital to the country.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I agree — Our Institutions are under assault and we need to stand by them or they might just disappear.

  17. He also said, “You can’t compromise principles.”

    Too bad those principles don’t include the idea that the U.S. government has no business forcing people to buy a particular product.

  18. I disagree with the not asking for the fight, every man of the cloth is a volunteer leader in the struggle against evil and he has been taught that this is evil. This not just between a woman and her doctor. It is between good and evil.

  19. 13 February 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    1RedBeard commented:

    I’m not a Roman Catholic, actually little better than a heathen, and I see nothing wrong with birth control. But I’m with the cardinal and his church in this fight against tyrannical government. So are a great many people who are willing to fight for the right of others to be able to follow their consciences.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    As a fellow heathen, believer in a woman’s right to choose I stand with the Catholic Church and their teachings and thank them for their courage — they have 2,000 years of experience and God on their side. Obama is just a transient.

  20. So the Catholics don’t want to follow labor laws while not paying any taxes so they throw a hissy fit that the OPTION of contraception is to be made available to people that work in their hospitals, schools etc. There is an easy solution to all this and it is Medicare for all a nice single payer system would solve this nicely. These kid rapers didn’t get this mad when the “found out” some of their priests were going balls deep into kids.

    I bet if alter boys could get pregnant contraception would be a sacrament.



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