Catholic Leaders: If Obama Pursues HHS Mandate, There Is 100% Chance There Will Be Civil Disobedience

Archbishop Charles Chaput released this video in October on the politics of abortion.
Chaput mentions “martyrs through the centuries” in discussing the current attacks on the Catholic Church.

Catholic leaders have promised a 100 percent chance civil disobedience if Obama pursues the HHS mandate. reported:

Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” (April 16, 1963) is one of our nation’s elegant testimonies to the political implications of our Declaration of Independence:

“One may want to ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.'”

Indeed, there may be more theological letters written from the confines of jail cells in the near future, as the Catholic bishops quickly approach the end of a one-year deadline given to them by the Obama administration to obey the HHS mandate or face the consequences. Not a single bishop has signaled any other intention than to embrace the consequences with the joy of serving Christ.

Was Archbishop Chaput predicting the future in the interview when he concluded, “This has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries”? We know it has crossed his mind: At Chester Springs, he said, but only half-jokingly, “I don’t want to go to jail.”

If the election affirms the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, there is a 100 percent chance that there will be civil disobedience in the Catholic Church, led by its bishops. Whether jail will follow is anyone’s guess.

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  • Stephana

    Just think, the Catholic church operates about 1/4 of the hospitals. This could work out real well for Obozzo if the Church decides to close their property.

  • bg


    yeah right.. :roll:


  • SeniorD

    I’m in!

  • Oliver

    then why are they making Obama figures for nativity scenes in Italy?

    (gag me with a spoon!)

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  • Chairmanxx

    NOW the church steps up! More shallow talk when it is too late. Catholics had their chance to make a change and went with O. Now they will have to take the same med as the rest of us.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    I think a little time in jail would do many of our bishops a world of good. But that isn’t going to happen.There will not be widespread civil disobedience and life will go on much as it always has.

  • T. Thompson

    Sorry Catholics; How can you complain and cry over the HHS mandate on Abortion when the majority of Catholics voted for and supported Obama the Abortionist vs Romney the pro life man—tired of the whining from all of you, total hypocritical

  • DAve j

    Thats funny….why didnt they start with the disobedience by not voting for the despot..?..?

  • Edward Treadway

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaawn nuns not onboard

    meanwhile in Australia:

    ‘Australia is launching a federal investigation into sexual abuse of children, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Monday. The decision came after a string of accusations surrounding the Roman Catholic Church outraged Australians and spurred regional inquiries.

    The royal commission will center on institutional responses to allegations of such “insidious, evil acts,” Gillard said, scrutinizing religious and government institutions, schools and other organizations.

    “I believe we must do everything we can. . .’,0,4286907.story

  • Laddy

    Do they really think any of their parishners will give a fig. They voted for Obama and Obamacare. Once the Church quit penalizing its flock, especially the politicians, for deviating from doctrine, they lost all control. They should excommunicate all of the Catholic pols that voted for this, if they really care.

  • Sorry to Live in Illinois

    Ok. I cussed and my post got blocked. Sorry. I’ll redo.

    My response…BS….my Caholic church nation wide voted overwhelmingly for Obama. They will follow their new mesiah down any road he takes them. Google Ann Barnhardt if you want to know what our church has become. The same is true for Israel. With 65% of American Jews voting Obmas, they can “stand with Israel” on their own.

  • Kenneth Oscar Kjer

    Put the pedophile protector in jail. Most bishops are hypocrites, who should put in a locked room with the people they have abused.

  • myohmy

    Oh, yeah? Father, you should have ask the faithful to vote Romney instead of huffing and puffing hot air.

  • ★FALCON★

    In some precincts there will be 141 percent civil disobedience.

  • brian

    Although I am NOT catholic, I do think this is the correct move for the catholics. So what if there’s a bunch of “bad” catholics? America historically has always protected people’s conscience. Now the government’s reach has running over people’s beliefs.

    If they’re treading on the catholics here by trying to force them to do what’s wrong, they’ll be treading on you soon too, even if you aren’t a catholic. The gauntlet has been thrown down, this is just the beginning.

  • Kate

    Other denominations will join the Catholic Church and they will probably be the ones out protesting, not the Catholics. This affects all religious; not just Catholics. Obama is trying to take away religious rights. One group at a time.

  • Patty

    Why did Catholics vote for Obama, then. Why is it he won the Majority of the nation’s voters.

    Through Fraud or Other wise. Other wise being, Social issue, he won on that, Not on the fact he failed miserably as a President but because The WEAK in America NEED STUFF and Obama Promised them stuff.

    Who care about Morals, because apparently the Obama voters don’t.

  • Patty

    Obama won Catholic vote, regular churchgoers chose Romney

    So, lazy Catholics who also want free stuff voted for Obama. And those who are true Catholics voted Romney.


  • Multitude

    Civil disobediance? Wouldn’t it have simply been easier to not vote overwhelmingly for Obama, Catholics?

    You’re a dead religion. I can’t wait until Obama taxes your income, your property, and puts an end to your irrelevance as he intends per eliminating “preferences” for nonprofits he doesn’t approve of. You had your chance but “Condoms for Catholics” was more important than the continuance of your religion.

    Don’t worry though… maybe Islam will allow you to convert.