But we can’t fight this battle unarmed. This war on Religious Freedom and the protection of Conscience is a supernatural war, and we need Divine assistance.
So, beginning on February 1, please join us in an 18 day Rosary Novena for the overturning of this mandate and for the conversion of the politicians who are trying to impose this upon us. Please pray a daily Rosary for 18 days for the following intentions
Day 1-9=For the overturning of the HHS mandate that would require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance plans to their employees, subsidizing contraception, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs. And for the conversion of our politicians
Day 10-18=In thanksgiving for our prayers being answered.
Please stand up for your Religious Liberty, and storm Heaven with your prayers.
"Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will."–Mark 11:23-24
In particular, the Founding Fathers fiercely defended the right of conscience. George Washington himself declared: "The conscientious scruples of all men should be treated with great delicacy and tenderness; and it is my wish and desire, that the laws may always be extensively accommodated to them." James Madison, a key defender of religious freedom and author of the First Amendment, said: "Conscience is the most sacred of all property."
Scarcely two weeks ago, in its Hosanna-Tabor decision upholding the right of churches to make ministerial hiring decisions, the Supreme Court unanimously and enthusiastically reaffirmed these longstanding and foundational principles of religious freedom. The court made clear that they include the right of religious institutions to control their internal affairs.
Yet the Obama administration has veered in the opposite direction. It has refused to exempt
Since then, hundreds of religious institutions, and hundreds of thousands of individual citizens, have raised their voices in principled opposition to this requirement that religious institutions and individuals violate their own basic moral teaching in their health plans. Certainly many of these good people and groups were Catholic, but many were Americans of other faiths, or no faith at all, who recognize that their beliefs could be next on the block. They also recognize that the cleverest way for the government to erode the broader principle of religious freedom is to target unpopular beliefs first.
Now we have learned that those loud and strong appeals were ignored. On Friday, the administration reaffirmed the mandate, and offered only a one-year delay in enforcement in some cases — as if we might suddenly be more willing to violate our consciences 12 months from now. As a result, all but a few employers will be forced to purchase coverage for contraception, abortion drugs and sterilization services even when they seriously object to them. All who share the cost of health plans that include such services will be forced to pay for them as well.
Surely it violates freedom of religion to force religious ministries and citizens to buy health coverage to which they object as a matter of conscience and religious principle.
The rule forces insurance companies to provide these services without a co-pay, suggesting they are "free" — but it is naïve to believe that. There is no free lunch, and you can be sure there’s no free abortion, sterilization or contraception. There will be a source of funding: you.
Coercing religious ministries and citizens to pay directly for actions that violate their teaching is an unprecedented incursion into freedom of conscience. Organizations fear that this unjust rule will force them to take one horn or the other of an unacceptable dilemma: Stop serving people of all faiths in their ministries — so that they will fall under the narrow exemption — or stop providing health-care coverage to their own employees.
The Catholic Church defends religious liberty, including freedom of conscience, for everyone. The Amish do not carry health insurance. The government respects their principles. Christian Scientists want to heal by prayer alone, and the new health-care reform law respects that. Quakers and others object to killing even in wartime, and the government respects that principle for conscientious objectors. By its decision, the Obama administration has failed to show the same respect for the consciences of Catholics and others who object to treating pregnancy as a disease.
This latest erosion of our first freedom should make all Americans pause. When the government tampers with a freedom so fundamental to the life of our nation, one shudders to think what lies ahead.
Timothy Dolan is archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
We’re asking three things: First, no matter what Christian denomination you are know that your religious freedoms are under attack by a tyrannical, anti-Christian government. Please take the time to read what the Bishops had to say regarding this matter; secondly, a call to action-contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support the bills listed below; third, pass this information on to everyone on your mailing list. Amendment I
S 1467 The Bill in the Senate—To find your Senator go to this site and type in your State.
HR 1179 – The Bill in he House of Representatives.To find your Representative type in your zip code at http://www.house.gov/
IF YOU WANT A MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION OF WHAT HAPPENED: An article by Archbishop Dolan, Pres of the USCCB.(January 2012):
Radical opponents (such as the radical abolitionists who ended slavery) have bullied and intimidated patients and all others involved (The pro-aborts feel bullied when they are asked why they support murdering babies in the womb – and they can’t answer).
They do not walk in the shoes of a desperate woman who cannot afford another child (Pro-lifers offer these mothers love and help – pro-aborts offer them a bloody dead baby and a lifetime of regret), or whose body is unable to sustain a pregnancy (Again, pro-lifers offer what any mother needs to "sustain" a pregnancy. Pro-aborts want to see the baby brutally murdered). Those who say they believe big government should stay out of our lives (Yes, the liberals should stop supporting the murder of babies), yet want to deny a woman’s right to choose are clearly hypocritical at best. A woman’s decision to discontinue a pregnancy is a personal, private health issue (Is it a woman’s right to discontinue being a mother by killing a three year old child? That is the same thing as killing a three month old child in her womb – murder is murder). The Winnebago County Citizens for Choice is optimistic a physician has the courage (It doesn’t take courage to murder a defenseless baby – just heartless greed) to open a new clinic, that local hospitals will be supportive of it, and our city officials will provide a safe environment for its patients (After the racism, bigotry, and unsanitary conditions of the NIWC, the city of Rockford knows what abortion is really all about).— Barb Giolitto, president, Winnebago County Citizens for Choice