Thursday, March 15, 2012

US bishops decry ‘illegal and unjust’ HHS mandate, call for prayer and penance

Via Catholic Culture:

Decrying the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate as “a mandate to act against our teachings” and “a violation of personal civil rights,” the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement calling upon “the Catholic faithful, and all people of faith, throughout our country to join us in prayer and penance for our leaders and for the complete protection of our First Freedom--religious liberty.”

“The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, gathered for its March 2012 meeting, is strongly unified and intensely focused in its opposition to the various threats to religious freedom in our day,” the statement began. “To address the broader range of religious liberty issues, we look forward to the upcoming publication of ‘A Statement on Religious Liberty,’ a document of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. This document reflects on the history of religious liberty in our great Nation; surveys the current range of threats to this foundational principle; and states clearly the resolve of the Bishops to act strongly, in concert with our fellow citizens, in its defense.”

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1 comment:

Praise @ Resurrection said...

God's plan is to get us to work with Him to desire God's objectives with Him, and to pray that He will bring them to completion. Jesus gave the "Go!" command to them. And He made it clear that this was no 'walk in the park' - the journey was potentially frightening. The greatest two weaknesses today may be in these two areas, prayer and action. In both we are expected to work with God who is working with us. The initiative comes from Him, but the response needs to be ours. If God provokes our hearts to agree, then pray for it: if God gives the instruction, then do it! And if you pray for God to send people, don't be surprised if He sends you too! let the Lord guide you to be part of the answer to those prayers.