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Six Things the Bishops Must Do Now Print E-mail
By Michael Uhlmann   
Thursday, 01 March 2012

President Obama’s proposed revisions to an HHS regulation requiring health insurance plans to cover contraception, abortifacient, and sterilization procedures has met none of the objections of Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, and Muslim leaders, and in some respects even made matters worse. A committee of Catholic bishops (headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan) responded with a strongly worded critique. Meanwhile, over 170 bishops publicly decried the HHS rule, and a coalition of Catholics and Evangelicals has issued a joint call for protection of religious liberty.

The administration underestimated the breadth of this reaction. The palpably superficial, even presumptuous character of their proposed revisions merely underscored their deep commitment to regulation by administrative fiat. The HHS rule, clearly, was not an aberration by bumbling bureaucrats. It is the cutting edge of a wide-ranging agenda that seeks to empower politically unaccountable, self-styled “experts.” The recently enacted health care law is only the most sweeping and potent expression of this disposition.

When it comes to women’s health, the president’s agenda is essentially one with Planned Parenthood’s, backed by government force. In Obamaspeak, “health” means the full array of new found women’s “reproductive rights,” including mandatory insurance coverage. HHS Secretary Sebelius is the most visible official advancing this agenda, but she has the support of many other senior White House and agency officials, including the EEOC, which says that employers who fail to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable services may be violating their employees’ civil rights.

This reproductive rights program dovetails with a broader political strategy that seeks to narrow the scope of religious activity in the public square, qualified by this distinction:  religious opinion that supports the president’s programs is to be encouraged; but religion that takes exception to his policies is intrusive. If the recent HHS controversy did nothing else, it should have alerted Catholic bishops to the full extent and gravity of the administration’s efforts to silence religious opposition. Even if the bishops succeed in whittling back the HHS rule (an unlikely event), they should not delude themselves that the battle is over. In truth, it has only begun. 
What, then, should the bishops do in the weeks and months ahead? Six things:

(1) They must make every effort to control the terms of debate. The president will continue to say, disingenuously, that HHS is only trying to protect the right to use contraceptives. The public reacted favorably when the bishops focused instead on the threat of government coercion, but that favor will quickly evaporate unless the bishops deploy their strongest weapon, which is, and always has been, the people in the pews.  Most Catholics will side with the president on contraceptive use, but if the bishops cannot rally them to oppose Obama’s brazen assault against religious liberty, the HHS rule will be the least of their worries.


        USCCB president Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

(2) The people in the pews, however, will remain passive if all they have are formal statements or church bulletin inserts. They must be instructed and exhorted to act, not merely as Catholics, but as Americans who take their First Amendment liberties seriously. Many bishops today have no experience in fighting battles of this sort, and some will refuse to do so. But those who are willing can learn. Virtually every diocese has hundreds, if not thousands, of laypeople experienced in the political arts, who can  render useful advice. The bishops need not, and should not, do all the heavy lifting; but they can, and should, instruct, inspire, and lead. 

(3) The USCCB leadership should be wary about getting drawn into extended negotiations over the administration’s proposed revisions. They need to move the argument beyond obtaining an exemption for church-related institutions, which may end up being so narrowly defined as to be useless. Besides, an exemption strategy may prove counter-productive in the long run by conceding that the government is constitutionally empowered to grant or withhold religious privileges. The only safe negotiating position is to make clear from the get-go that the HHS rule must be withdrawn. Only then can good-faith negotiations begin.     

(4) The bishops also need to distance themselves from the “seamless garment” rationale that has animated many Catholics since the 1970s. The principal effect of that rationale has been to give Catholic politicians a free ride when they support pro-abortion measures. It is beyond scandal that so many prominent office-holders have been allowed to avert their gaze from the rights of unborn children. Just how many politicians like John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius do the bishops wish to tolerate? It is time to say good-bye to all that, and deep-sixing the “seamless garment” argument is the place to start.

(5) More broadly, the bishops need to re-address their long-standing support for “universal” health care. Many well-meaning prelates seem not to understand that once universal coverage is mandated, the government is necessarily empowered to decide what services are covered, for whom, and how. Unless they rethink health care reform from top to bottom, the bishops will be fighting morally obnoxious regulations for the rest of time, with little prospect of success. Alternative reform proposals (there are many) deserve the bishops’ most serious moral consideration. It is time, in short, for the bishops to move beyond feel-good slogans.

(6) Finally, the bishops should not rely solely on the courts.  Litigation is essential, but this battle must be, and in any event will be, fought in the political arena. It is not a battle of the bishops’ choosing, but they’re in it nevertheless. The Obama administration seems to believe that its religious opponents lack the courage or the resources to resist. 

It is time for the bishops to prove them wrong.  


Michael Uhlmann served in the Reagan White House and now teaches American politics at the Claremont Graduate University.

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written by Frank, March 01, 2012
"Even if the bishops succeed in whittling back the HHS rule (an unlikely event), they should not delude themselves that the battle is over. In truth, it has only begun. "
I would encourage the author of this excellent writing not to look upon this issue as a battle alone but a battle as part of a much larger war. The Church MUST look at this challenge like His Holiness John Paul II viewed the Soviet Union as an enemy to be DESTROYED. Don't think the other side wishes to defang The Church, their goal is The Destruction of The Church. This of course is their first and fatal mistake. But for now, The Church has to confront evil and evil is EXACTLY what we are up against.
Our Catholic Bishops are blessed with the truth but they also must understand that "in war, the first casualty IS the truth." Obama and his minions are experts in distortion, propaganda, misdirection and disinformation. In war, "know thy enemy for he knows you!" The TRUTH is that this President has a known history of actively supporting not only abortion but infanticide. This is a horrible fact but a fact nonetheless and it is time to loudly voice and expose this fact from Brighton Beach to Laguna Beach and every point in between!
I commend the author for paragraph 4. The USCCB must speak with ONE voice and ONE action in dealing with elected Catholic politicians at local state and federal level who aid, abet, and support this evil with public admonishment and warning and if that does not work, separation. The Church will initially and brutally be publicly excoriated in the press. So what else is new? Our blessed Holy Church has endured this for 2000 years, What's a few more. Recall again that His Holiness John Paul II survived an assassination attempt. All of us from Bishops to laity must understand and embrace the real possibility that even here in the United States, some my pay with their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Christ. Stand hard and stand fast!
The USCCB should direct EVERY Priest to integrate this message against evil in every homily in every mass in the context of the readings of the day.
All statements and all positions on this matter potentially released for public consumption are cleared by each Bishop in their respective diocese. Furthermore, the USCCB should bring the Director of Catholic Health Services in the US into church discipline. On this matter, the entire Church speaks with one voice and one voice alone. Dissent in war is corrosive and cannot under any circumstances be tolerated.
The author is bullseye spot on with paragraph 6.
Are my words extreme? Perhaps but war is extreme and this is exactly what we have here and to ignore such facts is to invite destruction. Pray always but Christ calls us to step out in faith at times and this just may be one of those times. Do not fight this war to a negotiated settlement. Fight this war to the destruction, vanquishment, and unconditional surrender of the enemy for evil is the enemy and the enemy will do no less.
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written by Manfred, March 01, 2012
Thank you for a clear and outstanding piece, Mr. Uhlmann. Comments of this strength and accuracy should have been written decades ago. So here we are. We have been promoting a religion designed and authored for/by chuckleheads. "Jesus loves you just the way you are" has resulted in "Cafeteria Catholicism" which meant every Catholic(?) could comport his life however he pleased. "Seamless Garment"? That term was introduced by Cdl. Bernardin (who was effectively the American pope) at Fordham University (Jesuit) in order to deflect attention from abortion in order to support the Democratic ticket in the 1984 election. Meanwhile, the wolves got into the sheepfold and the bishops, as popes have warned them, now find they have no flock. Most Catholic voters in 2008 voted for Obama. We knew exactly what he was. The U.S. Church has allowed itself to become just another marginalized institution which is not even serving its members well and it is being slammed in the face by the world. Does anyone hear the word "Aggiornamento" any more?
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written by Sue, March 01, 2012
To which I would add the following items and corollaries:

2.1 Instruct the faithful on contraception. Give them (true) sex education. The people in the pews get cynical if all they are told is take political action without being provided the true intellectual underpinnings of these actions.

5.1 Apologize for past agitation for socialized medicine and its corollary that he who pays the piper (gov) calls the tune (gets to define "health care").

7.0 Demonstrate subsidiarity in action by devolving power at the USCCB (not a canonical authority) to the chair of each bishop where it belongs.
7.1 Fire the fifth column Marxists at USCCB.
7.2 Get out of the limelight and encourage individual bishops to enact correctives of their own individual flocks without hiding behind the comforting anonymity of the USCCB.
7.3 Rename the USCCB so that people do not conflate USCCB with "the bishops".
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written by Grump, March 01, 2012
'Just how many politicians like John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Kathleen Sebelius do the bishops wish to tolerate? It is time to say good-bye to all that, and deep-sixing the “seamless garment” argument is the place to start.'
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A good start, but not enough. Ex-communication of the four mentioned would send the clearest message that those who do not wish to follow Catholic teachings are persona non grata and are welcomed back only on the condition they renounce their heretical views. Meanwhile, most Protestant sects would be happy to have them.
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written by J. Bob, March 01, 2012
Excellent article.

It time many in this country woke to what Pastor Neumoller warned about in 1930's Germany.
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written by Chris in Maryland, March 01, 2012
There are two other things needed, not least among the 6 above:

1st - Form "The Catholic Alliance for The First Amendment." Form an alliance of Catholic “white knights,” combining the USCCB together with Catholic organizations and guilds that affirm both the sancity of life and the First Amendment , like The Catholic Medical Association, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, The Knights of Columbus, The Catholic League, The St. Gianna Physicians Guild, The Knights of Malta, etc, etc, etc. Then go together and get some of the “wobbly ones” to come back into the light, like Catholic Charities, ACCU (Assn of Catholic Colleges & Universities) to join the rest of us (let’s see if they really do practice what they preach when they come to the parish every year and tell us “We’re all in this together.”).

2nd – The Bishops individually, and USCCB together, should declare an “annulment” of their marriage with “BIG GOVERNMENT,” stop taking and comingling Catholic money and resources from/with the Federal Government, and start practicing subsidiarity.
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written by Richard, March 01, 2012
I would suggest also the propaganda of the deed. 1. They could stop serving/employing non-Catholics. 2. They could stop providing health care coverage for employees. 3. They could close institutions. And in each case make clear the connection between their actions and the government mandate that violates their beliefs.
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written by Robbins Mitchell, March 01, 2012
Well,I'm not Catholic,but if it were up to me,Kathleen Sibelius and Carol Keehan and their ilk would be "put to the question".
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written by Palmcroft, March 01, 2012
When the bishops are fasting unto death across from the White House, then I will know that they are serious. These men have overseen almost 40 years of massive-scale abortions and they have been completely ineffective in reducing the deaths by abortion. If they were in private industry they would all have been fired.

Obama has weighed and measured the might of the bishops, and he has concluded they are bantams who pose no threat to his agenda. His judgment in this matter is completely correct.

American Catholicism has been secularized for decades, Obama is just pulling back the curtain on that fact.
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written by Louise, March 01, 2012
Shall we ask for volunteers to print out this essay and the comments that follow and ask them to send a copy to as many bishops as we can cover? Or are we, in our frustration, just preaching to the choir? Some bishops think that they can teach their way out of danger. The longstanding recalcitrance of politicians should have disavowed them of that notion years ago, but they seem to be immune to the evidence.
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written by Romulus, March 01, 2012
It'll be hard for the bishops to let go of universal health care, a position they've held for close to a century.

It must be pointed out that biomedical technology has advanced to the point at which "health care" today no longer resembles what it was in the 1920s, when I believe the American bishops first committed to it. Issues of a life/death or human dignity nature are now constantly encountered, in ways not foreseen.

Moreover, the medical profession is no longer what it was. It used to consider itself bound by the Hippocratic Oath, serving human beings who're creatures of God made in his image, redeemed by his son, and called to be with him. Few physicians nowadays are trained professionally or personally to regard their patients as anything more than meat machines whose lifespans are governed by utilitarian concerns and in any case have no permanent significance.

Finally, both physicians and their patients now are circumscribed by legal and economic third parties with their own materialist agendas, corrupting what used to be a bipolar relationship of care and trust between physician and patient.

In short, the bishops must reconsider universal health care in light of the professional and social revolutions imposed by modernity.

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written by mike flynn, March 01, 2012
as a catholic american i saw clearly the contraceptionabortion mandate as challenge to the entire first amendment, not just the religious aspect. if i am a secular business man and do not want to pay forprovide for services other than life preserving ones, why should i be compelled to do otherwise. i sense a strong case for the supreme court. sadly, elected officials will not do the will of the people, even if it means ignoring the constitution. so when are "catholic" lawmakers going to be excommunicated? sooner rather than later, i pray.
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written by tz, March 01, 2012
Kudos to point 5. It is starting to become apparent that having a huge, intrusive, micromanaging, overbearing government is not good for liberty. The Bishops were cheering Obamacare when they assumed things like the HHS mandate would not happen. Have they never heard of "The Frog and the Scorpion"? Jesus didn't say when I was hungry you went to Rome to call for more bread and less circuses. The Bishops might have thought, "Good, now WE don't have to do OUR DUTY of that corporal work of mercy, the Feds can do it for us". One has to be careful - even things like the Civil Rights Act - what happens when Government forces recognition of Gay marriage or that you can't have the equivalent of segregated lunch counters for LGBTQs? (As opposed to the righteous demand that the cities and states treat people with perfect equality and dignity).

Keep giving them guns and one day it will be pointed at you. Ignore things like Bob Jones U losing their tax exemption (for expressing a religious idea banning interracial marriage - wither religious liberty), and then Koresh and the Branch Davidians who instead of arresting on a morning walk laid seige and eventually incinerated most of them including women and children. Oh, but they were loons, disagreeable. And how many Americans agree about contraception these days?
You cannot successfully advocate for just a single point of liberty.
I should note that the Right to Life was lost 39 years ago and there are usually only a few days of outrage - that tens of thousands of murders have occurred in the Abortion Holocaust since the HHS Mandate - and the difference in outrage over both - says something about our perception of evil. We get used to it. If we can "live with" abortion for 39 years, we can learn to live with the HHS mandate.
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written by Janet Hamilton, March 01, 2012
Americans need to press their senators and representatives for action. "Do-nothing" Congresses have been allowing presidents to increase executive power, where it becomes concentrated among a few elites. They also need to act like citizens, not consumers, and work, think, and vote in the best interest of the common good.
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written by Seanachie, March 01, 2012
Excellent article, Michael. It is good to hear from someone with an "insider's" political experience and perspective. No doubt your service with the Reagan Administration influenced your views. President Reagan spoke fearlessly and eloquently about protecting life and the evils of abortion...perhaps even more so than Church representatives. How have Catholics electorally enabled the infanticide posse misleading the U.S. today?
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written by Deacon Jim Stagg, March 01, 2012
Good article. I hope they take your advice, Mr. Uhlmann. It may be their last chance to "take a stand".
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written by Rick DeLano, March 02, 2012
It is very simple. Cardinal Dolan presided over the defeat of civilization's most important institution- marriage- because he perceived that it were more important to attend to USCCB business.

The Cardinal is not a fighter.

He does not understand that we are in a battle.

Neither do his fellow bishops.

The battle depends upon convincing these bishops that they have been duped, have been deceived, have been led to terrible misfeasance in office by failing to understand that our Catholic liberty itself is under direct assault.

Somehow these men must be summoned to the battle.

Otherwise we shall be presented with the awful prospect of martyrdom without the support of our own bishops.

What is wrong with these men?

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written by Brad Miner, March 02, 2012
@Rick Delano: If it were true — as I believe you are suggesting as a premise — that NY's legislative approval of same-sex "marriage" might not have been given had Archbishop Dolan spent more time in Albany or campaigned there more effectively, I'm sure your conclusion would be correct. However, Dolan attended USCCB meetings in Washington (he is that group's president, after all), because he and his staff have at least rudimentary skills in math, which is to say: the votes to stop the measure simply were not there. If you think you've heard the last from him on this issue, I believe your are profoundly mistaken. And if you think the bishops don't know we're in a battle, you've not been reading the news.
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written by Frank, March 02, 2012
In war, everyone has a job. The bishops must lead and leaders lead from the front. For 18 years I studied this church before I made the decision to "cross the Tiber." What I've always admired and respected about the Church during this period of my studies was that the Church stood and continues to stand firm: "This is WHO we are, this is WHAT we believe, this is WHY we believe it. We've been around for 2,000 years with the same message and we're not going to change. If you don't like what we believe and teach, you're welcome to go somewhere else."

The Church is now faced with a "Thomas Paine moment." The time that tries men's souls. Are we as a Church sunshine soldiers and sumer patriots or will all of us remain firm and steadfast? Each of us must understand our individual and collective role.

The ball is firmly in the court of the USCCB. They must lead for they are the shepherds. Every Bishop is a Bishop because THEY wanted to be Bishops. They wanted to lead. They worked to lead, they studied to lead and now they are faced with the tough aspect of leadership...leading in a difficult time with a difficult issue and leading to win and prevail.

There are NO ambiguities, no shades of gray. It's win or lose, lead or follow. On this issue, the Church has to go "all in." Now we'll see if our Bishops will lead...preferably from the front.
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written by Sue, March 02, 2012
Brad Miner internally contradicts self when he says Cardinal Dolan could have prevented NY vote, and at same time knew the numbers wouldn't work.

If Cardinal Dolan was in Washington fighting to undo Obamacare, it would be one thing. Or repealing Roe. Or fumigating the USCCB staff. But otherwise his flock needs him at home. As does each diocese.

The illusion that things are being led by USCCB, I think, is causing individual bishops to shrink from action locally.
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written by Brad Miner, March 02, 2012
@Sue: No. What I wrote was that IF Mr. Delano's premises were true, his conclusion would likely be true as well. But (as I thought I had made clear), those premises are NOT true. There was nothing the archbishop could have done in Albany at the last minute to turn things around. Nothing. The Empire State's "Catholic" governor arranged the necessary votes — not a hard thing to do these days when legislators favor Caesar over God.
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written by Daniel Gerber, March 02, 2012
May I suggest one more thing the Bishop's should consider doing?
Since the subject of contraception has been brought to the fore, the Bishops should explain clearly, yet gently, to the Catholic people the Church's teaching on contraception. Most people are ignorant of it.
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written by Sue, March 02, 2012
Brad - you are correct and I apologize for (my too quick) misreading of your statement.

However, your point about about the "Catholic" governor underlines the need for Cdl. Dolan to be present to his diocese, who need to see that label stripped from the governor, lest they fall into heresy.
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written by John, March 02, 2012
The Obama health care initiative is built on a lie. The lie is that this country has the fiscal, physical and medical manpower, of all kinds, to provide an acceptable level of care for every one who asks for it. We do not. What we have will have to be rationed. The Government will decide who will get and what and how much. No one will like it because everyone will think that what they get is not what they need or deserve.

If you do not believe me ask any VA hospital/clinic worker.
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written by Brad Miner, March 02, 2012
@Sue: Couldn't agree with you more. I've been spending a lot of time lately trying to learn what the cardinal can do and hoping to understand what he should do with regard to Canon 915, which deals with fitness for Communion and (in the extreme) the conditions for excommunication. It is a very complicated issue. The temptation is to suppose that this or that scandalous Catholic politician ('scandal' understood in its ecclesiastical sense, not in the word's more common usage) ought to receive the full "bell, book, and candle" of excommunication, but such a step is rare, because the conditions for actually meriting such a move are rare. A bishop's order that so-and-so public sinner be denied Communion is more possible. And I think there are some American politicians we could name almost surely deserve this punishment. And I won't be surprised to see it happen.
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written by JP, March 02, 2012
--after only a few excerpts, it's easy to conclude writers are ordering God's ordained bishops on how to do the work God expects of them. Pray for them, for yourselves. Mr. Obama will be mightily disappointed to find God's Church will remain standing tall against his most wicked of assaults. "Be still and know that I am God," is not an Obama quote, folks.
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written by peter wilson, March 02, 2012
I would add a seventh item to the list: the swift and FORMAL excommunication of all Catholic US Congressmen and Senators who refuse to conform their votes to the historical conscience of the Catholic Church on birth control, abortion etc. The time has come for universal episcopal action in this regard throughout the land.
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written by Chris in Maryland, March 02, 2012
To Sue & Brad re: USCCB and Cardinal Dolan:

One of the major issues facing us is that Card. Dolan is a big proponent of the USCCB, believing that it is a mechanism of unity. On this, I must sadly disagree with the Cardinal. The USCCB seems more like a sink hole that saps energy from the Church, and misdirects its resources. Card. Dolan is very appealing as a person because he tries to maintain a sunny, happy disposition. It will be interesting to see whether or not Card. Dolan turns out to be a happy warrior...
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written by Dan Colgan, March 02, 2012
How about this: Exercise their seldom used authority and excommunicate the "Catholic in name only"politicians under their jurisdiction.Withdraw the imprimatur and Sever all ties with "Catholic" universities and colleges that continue to ignore Church teaching. Inaction on their part in the past in order to protect the beloved social projects has only emboldened politicians to further piece-meal eroding of our God given rights.
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written by Magdalynn Lattner, March 02, 2012
I must say that I agree with Peter Wilson's comment. The pro abortion, Catholic Senators and Representatives should be faced with the possibility of excommunication. The Catholic Church has always been the moral beacon of the world and as such we must stand firm and not waiver. Our Lord gave us our marching orders 2000 years ago. We know what we need to do. We need to resist this tyranny whith the most powerful weapon in existance. The Power of prayer, fasting and submission to Gods Law. To use the young peoples words,"What Would Jesus Do".Pax et Bonum.
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written by Dan Colgan, March 03, 2012
Many who commented posed the question "do the Bishops realize they're in a war with our government"? If the answer is yes it begs a more salient one. Do enough of them have the testis to fight it!
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written by Frank, March 03, 2012
"--after only a few excerpts, it's easy to conclude writers are ordering God's ordained bishops on how to do the work God expects of them."

And sometimes, God speaks not through the powerful but from the lowly for the powerful since those who have an ear, let them hear if they so choose.

The Bishops with all due respect are not being "ordered" to do anything here. The Bishops will ultimately make their decisions and choose their courses of action.

After Chamberlain's return form Munich, Winston Churchill requested and got a private meeting with the Prime Minister to object to the appeasement to Heir Hitler.
"Mr. Prime Minister, you had the choice between war and shame. You chose shame, you shall have war."

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written by Marion (Mimi) Palmer, March 03, 2012
When I heard the Bishops were finally RILED on this HHS MANDATE....I knew this was BIG !
Never in my memory did I see this!
I say thank God...Many of us have been fighting against this Crew in the Whitehouse almost from the beginning. My first alarm went off when Home Land security came up with Janet 's list of Home Grown terrorists...Naming returning veterans and pro-life groups. I had visions of going into church basements and arresting whhite-haired old ladies stuffing envelopes in support of Pro-life candidates! ....Like ME!
We knew, and became aware of the treachery...one edict after another...one OUTRAGE after another...THIS ? is same old sameold for this crew....I think this time they stepped on the wrong toes...I remember as a child the nun telling us about PERSECUTION , never dreaming it woould come in our country...The NEWS it now HAS !!! God help us...draw us near you...give us strength in this battle!


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written by budweitzel, March 05, 2012
Excommunicating your senator and congress person if they as Catholics don't vote for issues of the Catholic Church won't solve the problem because the voters in the district next time will not vote for any one who will admit that they are Catholic.
Is the only reason that the Bishops are really against Obamacare is that they don't want to PAY for these things and that Obama is Democrat and only half white?
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written by Stilbellieve, March 10, 2012
The bishops are insulated from us by their bureaucracy and the second error left over from Cardinal Bernardin’s “smug” leadership, collegiality, which means to be nice to one another and compromise, no matter what. We have few leaders in the Church as a result, what we have is a “herd” of bishops all going in the same direction regardless of what the issue is. We are losing on abortion; we are losing on the definition of marriage all because a majority of Catholics are Democrats, first, Christians, second. Even now when the bishops stand up and say to Obama and his administration, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more,” it gets a yawn and the Democrat Administration with a fawning media redirect the issue to free birth control and keeps plowing the Church under.

When the bishops order all churches to have voting registration tables outside after every Mass on all weekends, and they address the issue of Freedom of Religion and the right to practice thereof somewhere in every weekend Mass with accompanying literature on the issue at the voter registration tables, will I think they are getting serious and that we will have a chance to win our Constitutional Rights back. There is only one threat that is attacking the Church today and that is the Democrat Party. There is only one thing that the Democrat Party fears, and that is losing Democrat registered voters, and Catholics are the largest, single Democrat voting block. Faith without action/”works” is dead. Register out of the Democrat Party, Catholics, and your voice will be heard; it’s not political, it’s a civic right and a spiritual decision. Who you supporting – the pro-abortion party, or your Profession of Faith?

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