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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  1. it almost doesn’t matter-
    the words “Civil Disobedience” and “Secession/Divorce” are in the air.

    a few of us knew it would come to this because we knew who the Demon Seed was, we didn’t have to wait four years to figure it out because we saw all the information that was available in 2008 and took it seriously.

    but, the nicey-nice folks pooh-poohed that it would ever reach a boiling point, so us Serious Folks just bided our time, waiting for the inevitable.

    I always assumed it was in the back of most people’s minds, so now here we are, using the words out in the open.
    Because now, it’s so frikkin’ obvious. America CANNOT escape the coming catastrophe. This drama is only now beginning. Our ‘Fourth Turning’ has begun in earnest. in sarah too.

  2. The Catholic church pushes “social justice.” It’s one thing for each of us to pursue social justice as a matter of faith. It’s marxism if the government imposes mandates and taxes on us under the bait and switch of “social justice.”

  3. #27 do not confuse Notre Dame and G’town as Catholic institutions – they gave that up years ago. There are however Catholic Colleges that are indeed true to the faith and those are the ones that are exemplary. I’m talking, Christendom College in VA, Belmont Abbey College in NC, Thomas Aquinas in Mass, Ave Maria in Fla and others.

  4. AS a Catholic…. I would do so with them. Sunday at Mass, I was amazed at the person who had the Obama 2012 sticker on their car.
    I wanted to just ask them what part of forced mandates upon Catholics did you not understand. Yes, Religious Freedoms are under attack, by too many voters are so dumb they cannot see through the smoke and mirros of Obama.
    And today the $3700 more the middle class will likely lose in earning is all part of Obama agendas.
    If you voted for Obama, you deserve it. Good Luck.

  5. so they are going to do what exactly ? refuse to purchase any insurance for their civilian employees in their secular businesses if the policy includes coverage for contraceptives ? what sort of ‘martyrdom’ is that ? this is so much ado over not very much.

  6. And yet a majority of Catholics voted for the Muslim.


    Please watch this video of a black man with more common sense and sight than most Americans. So what are you going to do about it Americans, are you going to let Obama get away with stealing the election or just more talk? It is all too hard to bear to watch, and people wonder why the Jews would just walk like sheep into the gas chambers. Are Americans any different?

  8. I call B.S. Catholics voted for Obama.

  9. I’m not sure the ‘Catholics voted for Obama’ meme is meaningful. A great many people polled about their voting claimed to be Catholic but don’t understand or follow the church teachings. It’s like people in the DC area who claim to be Redskin fans and then root for Philadelphia or Dallas. The point being that identifying as a Catholic is not a meaningful self-applied title unless there is a ‘test’ of authenticity.

    But that doesn’t stop people (especially the Media) from repeating the ‘Catholics voted for Obama’ meme. I think the underlying motivation is a desire to de-legitimize or destroy the church.

  10. I call B.S. Catholics voted for Obama.

    Kinda hard to ignore the “Obama 2012″ sticker on the back of the car belonging to one of the parishioners at the church that I go to. And then there are the other folks that aren’t as overt about their political leanings…

  11. The Catholic Church is far from a “dead religion”. Unfortunately for your sake you speak uninformed and full of hate? Does it make you feel better about yourself to attack another’s faith and personal beliefs? There will always be those who call themselves Catholic and do nothing to live out the teachings of the Church. They don’t constitute the Church as a whole or define it in anyway . This is about Religous liberty- the whole reason our Country was formed.

  12. The Catholics don’t care

  13. Courage in the Catholic Church has become rare, but there will be those religious that will be sustained by God and will not bend their knees to The Won. Most religious know that suffering humiliation and injustice will conform them to the image of Christ. Yes, I do believe that some bishops and priests will not lose heart and will use civil disobedience to protest unjust laws. Will this Administration have the courage to jail our religious? Ultimately, whether Protestant or Catholic, these dissenters, and perhaps martyrs, will do a great deal to save our civilization. We really do need to pray for all of them.

  14. Fact: The majority of Roman Catholic voters voted for Obama a week ago — despite this kind of talk from some of their leaders.

  15. I love the Catholic Church leader’s message however how will the Catholic Church be disobedient toweard the governmnet when 52% of the church flock were disobedient towards their own Church?

    52% of the Catholic flock did not have much of a conscience when they pull the lever for The Democrat Party which booed God and Israel, how will the 52% who voted for blasphemy of God get a conscience now or after they get the Free Government Stuff.

  16. I love the Catholic Church leader’s message however how will the Catholic Church be disobedient toweard the governmnet when 52% of the church flock were disobedient towards their own Church?

    52% of the Catholic flock did not have much of a conscience when they pull the lever for The Democrat Party which booed God and Israel, will the 52% who voted for blasphemy of God get a conscience now or after they get the Free Government Stuff?

  17. SM-WI @ #42
    You hit the nail on the head. That’s the bishops “lazy man’s way” to charity and it’s come back to bite ‘em. Paul was clear. A Christian gives willingly; there’s no virtue in coerced giving:

    Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

  18. Lots of Catholic bashing in these comments. It just goes to show how right Archbishop Chaput was in saying Catholics have a home in NEITHER party. They hate us on both sides. As for me, I’m Catholic first.

  19. When polls say “XX% of Catholics” vote or believe a certain way, you’ve got to understand that a huge chunk — maybe even a majority — of these people are NOT what you and I would call Catholic. Many people who have no clear religious beliefs will check the “Catholic” box on a survey form just because they were born to Catholic parents. They may not have darkened the doorway of a Catholic church in 20 years, and have no idea what the Church teaches, much less make any attempt to live by it — but they will self-identify as “Catholic” to a pollster.

    So please stop with the Catholic-bashing. I’m a Catholic, and I don’t consider people like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden to be Catholics, no matter how much they may try to claim that label.

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