After the bishops under Cardinal Dolan expressed a willingness to fight the Obama administration on religious freedom following Obama’s announcement he would keep mandatory contraceptive funding in his health care, the bishops announced a special Fortnight for Religious Freedom would be observed starting June 21.
It has not gotten much attention and in Memphis I can only find two parishes participating: Church of the Incarnation in Collierville and St. Peter’s Downtown. They are having discussions and panels weighing in on it.
In the Sunday bulletin of my parish came this statement:
As Catholics we are constantly called to live out our faith in our daily lives. In our charities, we comfort the sick, feed the hungry, care for the poor, and protect life. In the marketplace, our values guide us. We strive everywhere to practice what we preach.
Across America, our right to live out our faith is being threatened – from Washington forcing Catholic institutions to provide services that contradict our beliefs, to state governments prohibiting charities from serving the most vulnerable. And around the world, it’s even worse – Catholics face persecution and even death for their witness.
These rights are fundamental. They belong to each and every human being. We cannot remain silent. Please join the movement to protect our right to live out our faith. Sign up to learn how you can help save our religious freedom. Test “Freedom” to 377377.
First, I was stupefied at the brush off this is. No link to local events. No official gatherings to protest Obamacare. I just text and I’m fighting it? Come on!
Then, notice how the blame is put on Washington. Not President Obama. Not his administration. Not the Democrats in the House or the Senate. The implication is that all of Washington is to blame, when not one Republican voted for the monstrosity either in the Senate or the House.
This is appalling. Lumping Republicans in with the Democrats is unfair and a lie. How can the people be expected to fight this decision if they don’t know the truth?
I have long suspected that our Bishop, Terry Steib, is a through and through Democrat/Socialist with little concern about the issue of abortion and right to life. He mouths it, but he doesn’t walk the walk. That’s probably why the issue has been thrust under the rug in Memphis. What a shame.