Catholic Bishops are calling upon all the Faithful to stand up and be counted.
The Obama Administration has decided that Catholic Institutions will be required to provide Health Care Benefits that fly in the face of Catholic Teaching. There will not be any kind of 'opting out' for reasons of conscience, which not only is a horrible way to run this country but absolutely tramples upon the meaning behind the idea of separation of Church and State. We have, from the beginning, tried not to foster any whiff of theocracy in our government; however, the real worry has never been that the Church will impose their will upon the Government. Rather, it has been that the GOVERNMENT will impose its will upon the CHURCH.
You would think that well-educated people would recoil from this decision based on past historical experiences. The Church has never, and will never, be destroyed. Whether it is Roman Emperors demanding that little children offer pagan sacrifices to false gods, Muslim Imams demanding that Catholics abandon the Eucharist to follow a false religion or idiotic politicians demanding that everyone enter into private contracts for health care, persecutions of The Church have never worked. In fact, persecutions have always backfired on those trying to destroy us. We are made stronger by the blood of the martyrs and it does not matter if that blood is real or symbolic....push me around and my Faith grows deeper.
I read on Facebook where someone was OUTRAGED and so glad they had not grown up Catholic because Bishops preaching about this latest governmental injustice is WRONG. My response was to gently remind her that no one minds when our Holy Bishops speak out against injustices against immigrants. No one minds when our priests and nuns get hit with fire hoses while marching for civil rights in Selma, Alabama. No one minds when our priests preach that denying someone a fair wage based on their sex or sexual orientation is a sin. THAT is fine - it is only when we disagree with the government policy YOU agree with that we should keep our mouths shut.
Well....in all charity, may I simply say, "Stick a sock in it, Sister. We ain't shuttin' up".
The fact that large universities will probably stop providing health care if this decision is allowed to stand never seems to hit anyone. They would still be viable and still be competitive in the workplace. They would simply give their employees more money and the employee would have to get their own health care...and those Catholics who believe in separation of Church and State would not be forced to support something that is morally reprehensible to them. We will be allowed to want to go to heaven more than we want to be politically correct in a corrupt and ridiculous world.
I am proud to be an American. I am a proud Army Auntie. What I will tell you all - if you value your freedom you will stand with Catholics and demand that your representatives support a bill that allows for religious exemption.
When they came for the Jews, you didn't say anything. When they came for the homosexuals, you didn't say anything. When they came for the Catholics, you didn't say anything. When they came for the Protestants, you did not say a word. When they came for the Muslims, you said nothing. When they came for the atheists, you looked around and realized no one was left that would stand up for you...because those of us who are used to shouting directly into the face of tyranny and saying, "We love you, but this is WRONG" were already gone.
The Church will weather this, of course, because the gates of hell will never overtake Her. America? We need to stand up...and stop being concerned only with the next techno toy.
St Michael the Archangel, DEFEND US IN BATTLE.