My Bishop's letter
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This is Bishop Malone of Portland Maine's letter in regards to the un-Constitutional contraceptive mandate the Commiecrats have forced on us...

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you today out of a profound sense of concern and dismay regarding the recent decision made by the President of the United States to impose a mandate on religious institutions that is a blatant disregard of our constitutionally protected right of religious freedom. I speak of the Department of Health and Human Services’ ruling which mandates that all health insurance plans include coverage of contraceptives, sterilization services, and the morning-after pill, which can induce an abortion. As written, the ruling does include a very narrow exception for religious organizations. However, that definition is so narrow that many religious organizations will not qualify.

In order to be exempt, a religious organization must meet four conditions:

First, it must “have as its primary purpose the inculcation of religious values as its purpose.”

Second, it must “primarily employ persons who share its religious tenets.”

Third, it must “primarily serve people who share its religious tenets.”

Fourth, it must “be a not-for-profit.”

This unprecedented, exceedingly narrow definition places many Catholic institutions and those of other religious organizations at peril. Although this definition may include parishes, other institutions such as Catholic Charities, Catholic hospitals, nursing homes--even our Catholic schools--would be forced to comply.

What are our options? Either ignore our conscience and comply, which is, of course, out of the question, or stop providing health benefits to our employees. This too, is unconscionable. I hope you can appreciate the gravity of this situation and the impossible position in which it places us.

There is little question that the issue of contraception, sterilization, and the morning-after pill is a grave concern. However, the overriding concern that has profound ramifications at this moment is the administration’s disregard for fundamental religious rights. With the stroke of a pen, the administration has violated our right to act in keeping with our conscience. Religious freedom without government intrusion is a founding principle of this country; it is a freedom that is protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

As a community of faith we must act on this matter courageously, decisively and promptly. More information can be found on the diocesan website and on the USCCB website. Additionally, call-to-action materials will be provided to you soon. Do not hesitate to contact Marc Mutty, director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Chancery, should you have questions or concerns.

Let us all pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us as we face such daunting challenges before us.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

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Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Portland
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(02-06-2012, 12:41 AM)Petertherock Wrote: This is Bishop Malone of Portland Maine's letter in regards to the un-Constitutional contraceptive mandate the Commiecrats have forced on us...

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you today out of a profound sense of concern and dismay regarding the recent decision made by the President of the United States to impose a mandate on religious institutions that is a blatant disregard of our constitutionally protected right of religious freedom. I speak of the Department of Health and Human Services’ ruling which mandates that all health insurance plans include coverage of contraceptives, sterilization services, and the morning-after pill, which can induce an abortion. As written, the ruling does include a very narrow exception for religious organizations. However, that definition is so narrow that many religious organizations will not qualify.

In order to be exempt, a religious organization must meet four conditions:

First, it must “have as its primary purpose the inculcation of religious values as its purpose.”

Second, it must “primarily employ persons who share its religious tenets.”

Third, it must “primarily serve people who share its religious tenets.”

Fourth, it must “be a not-for-profit.”

This unprecedented, exceedingly narrow definition places many Catholic institutions and those of other religious organizations at peril. Although this definition may include parishes, other institutions such as Catholic Charities, Catholic hospitals, nursing homes--even our Catholic schools--would be forced to comply.

What are our options? Either ignore our conscience and comply, which is, of course, out of the question, or stop providing health benefits to our employees. This too, is unconscionable. I hope you can appreciate the gravity of this situation and the impossible position in which it places us.

There is little question that the issue of contraception, sterilization, and the morning-after pill is a grave concern. However, the overriding concern that has profound ramifications at this moment is the administration’s disregard for fundamental religious rights. With the stroke of a pen, the administration has violated our right to act in keeping with our conscience. Religious freedom without government intrusion is a founding principle of this country; it is a freedom that is protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

As a community of faith we must act on this matter courageously, decisively and promptly. More information can be found on the diocesan website and on the USCCB website. Additionally, call-to-action materials will be provided to you soon. Do not hesitate to contact Marc Mutty, director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Chancery, should you have questions or concerns.

Let us all pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us as we face such daunting challenges before us.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

[Image: malonesignature.jpg]

Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Portland

Back in the day the Church met all four of those conditions. The way I see it. This is an exemption for islam and judaism. Since they do meet those 4 criteria. And since Catholics have lost the crusader spirit and turned into poofters nothing will happen and President Giggles knows that. Push something like this on a muslim and you loose your head or your house blows up. Do it to a Jew and your an anti-semite. Oh well so goes the modern PC world.
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(02-06-2012, 12:49 AM)The Dying Flutchman Wrote: Back in the day the Church met all four of those conditions. The way I see it. This is an exemption for islam and judaism. Since they do meet those 4 criteria. And since Catholics have lost the crusader spirit and turned into poofters nothing will happen and President Giggles knows that. Push something like this on a muslim and you loose your head or your house blows up. Do it to a Jew and your an anti-semite. Oh well so goes the modern PC world.

Well, I would agree it met 3 of the 4 conditions but not this one...

Quote:Third, it must “primarily serve people who share its religious tenets.”

I don't think Catholic hospitals always served Catholics exclusively.
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My bishop's letter said that the biggest reason to oppose this mandate is that it violates the Constitution.  No mention about violating God's law.  The Constitution trumps God!
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(02-06-2012, 02:19 AM)The Curt Jester Wrote: My bishop's letter said that the biggest reason to oppose this mandate is that it violates the Constitution.   No mention about violating God's law.   The Constitution trumps God!
Interesting. That is what Sr. Keehan said also regarding the bill.  "I oppose it not because of religion, but because it violates individual liberties to choose what to buy".
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Is that the new invisible scapular that shes wearing?
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Bishop Slattery of Tulsa's letter....

February 2, 2012
Solemnity of the Presentation of Our Lord


To all the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Tulsa,

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

These are dire times in which we live and dire times require that we not mince words but speak with authority when it comes to matters of faith, conscience and truth.

I wish to join the Bishops of this country in expressing my fear that religious liberty in the United States is even now under attack from those elected officials whose duty it is to protect the inalienable right we have from God to worship Him and to defend the Constitution of the United States which guarantees that our right of conscience may neither be violated nor held in contempt.

With the Bishops and with all right thinking Americans, I protest as strongly as I can the decision made by the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services on January 20 which will require every Catholic in the United States to violate his or her Christian conscience and support abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, unnatural chemical contraception and direct sterilization.

As you know, in 2010 President Obama signed into law the Health Care Reform Act. This Act, the legality of which has already been challenged in the Supreme Court, makes it compulsory for every citizen to buy or procure health insurance. This same law gives to President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, unprecedented power over all health insurance. On January 20, Ms. Sebelius issued a ruling that will require every insurance policy - even policies issued privately - to cover the cost of those actions which are in themselves always and everywhere immoral and contrary to the law of God.

This means that all of our Catholic schools and hospitals, our charitable agencies and welfare institutions, our dioceses and all our parishes will be required to cover the complete cost of chemical contraception, sterilization and abortion. If this mandate is not overturned, we Catholics will be compelled by law either to violate our conscience in a matter of grave sin, or to cancel the health insurance we offer to those who work for the Church, or for the hospitals, schools and agencies through which the Church exercises it mission.

Until now, nonprofit religious institutions have always had the right to exempt themselves from having to offer coverage if it contradicts their basic religious beliefs or violates their conscience. This right was guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. This is no longer the case. Sebelius’ January 20 decision gives us one year to comply or suffer the consequences.

As your bishop, I want to make it clear that I consider this mandate unconstitutional, unjust and evil.

This mandate is unconstitutional because it does not allow us the full and unfettered practice of our faith. The religious freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is not simply the freedom to worship God on Sunday morning, but also the freedom to worship Him by living moral lives. No Catholic can claim to live a moral life and at the same time support contraception, direct sterilization and abortion. The first amendment guarantees us the freedom not to participate in health care plans that would require us to insure and pay for actions that are gravely sinful.

Because this mandate is unconstitutional, we will refuse to comply with it.

This mandate is evil, because not only does it require that all Catholics cooperate in sin by providing for and paying for coverage for gravely immoral actions which have as their final end the destruction of human life, but also by requiring that Catholics who do not cooperate in this should be punished. Were we to comply with this law, we would offend God and imperil our souls. We will not comply.

This mandate is unjust because it imposes a secular definition of religious freedom that makes it a crime to practice our faith in the public square. It is the Church - not the government - which has the right to determine how and when we practice our faith. In this matter, President Obama’s administration has overstepped its authority. This is what Pope Leo XIII cautioned against when he wrote over a hundred years ago: “if the will of rulers is opposed to the will and the laws of God, then those rulers exceed the bounds of their own power and pervert justice. Nor can their authority be valid, since authority without justice is null.”

From the founding of our nation, we Catholic have always obeyed the laws. But this law, we cannot obey.

I ask you as a fellow American, I beg you as your Bishop, pray and do penance that this matter be resolved according to God’s will. I also hope you will contact your senators and congressmen in Washington to protest this outrage against our religious liberty and demand that this decision be overturned.

In this difficulty as in all things, let us place our confidence in Jesus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa -


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I wish we could clone Bishop Slattery and make him Bishop of every diocese!

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(02-06-2012, 10:16 AM)Petertherock Wrote: I wish we could clone Bishop Slattery and make him Bishop of every diocese!

There is a moral way to do this.  There are traditional priests everywhere who are marginalized.  Instead of marginalizing them, consecrate some of them as bishops, and give them dioceses.

Not all will be great bishops, but they will be better than most of those put forward to the Holy Father by the chanceries.
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(02-06-2012, 03:44 AM)Tapatio Wrote:
(02-06-2012, 02:19 AM)The Curt Jester Wrote: My bishop's letter said that the biggest reason to oppose this mandate is that it violates the Constitution.   No mention about violating God's law.   The Constitution trumps God!
Interesting. That is what Sr. Keehan said also regarding the bill.  "I oppose it not because of religion, but because it violates individual liberties to choose what to buy".
[Image: SrCarolKeehan.jpg]
Is that the new invisible scapular that shes wearing?
Sadly, I question whether "Sister" Carol even believes that Mary was a virgin.
"Oh, THAT doesn't really matter. Jesus as just a man, based on what was said about social justice, is all that really matters anyway."
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(02-06-2012, 02:03 PM)SaintAndrew Wrote:
(02-06-2012, 03:44 AM)Tapatio Wrote:
(02-06-2012, 02:19 AM)The Curt Jester Wrote: My bishop's letter said that the biggest reason to oppose this mandate is that it violates the Constitution.   No mention about violating God's law.   The Constitution trumps God!
Interesting. That is what Sr. Keehan said also regarding the bill.  "I oppose it not because of religion, but because it violates individual liberties to choose what to buy".
[Image: SrCarolKeehan.jpg]
Is that the new invisible scapular that shes wearing?
Sadly, I question whether "Sister" Carol even believes that Mary was a virgin.
"Oh, THAT doesn't really matter. Jesus as just a man, based on what was said about social justice, is all that really matters anyway."

There's a lot of things we might not like about Sr. Carol's views or recent public behavior, but this post seems unfair.

We should not accuse anyone of such heresy, unless you have a source that Sr. Carol has denied the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady or the Divinity of Our Lord?

And since she made vows received by the Church, we should not put "sister" in quotes.  Even if she should wear a habit but doesn't, gives scandal, etc.
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