President Obama’s jihad on the Church is igniting a Bishop backlash. Parishes around the country are being notified about this mandate that restricts religious freedom.
From the Diocese of Orlando website:
On January 20th, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a stunning and extremely disappointing final rule mandating that contraception and sterilization be included at no cost to the insured in all health care plans. The very narrow religious exemption was unchanged from the interim final rule, only offering a year of “grace” to comply. The rule would go into effect for religious employers in August 2013 and employers’ new policies would have to be implemented by January 2014. The purpose of the year is to allow us ‘time to comply,’ but in fact we have a year to reverse, repeal or change this unjust mandate.The bishops along with Catholic partners including the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and other Catholic and religious allies, had vigorously argued against the mandate and encouraged a broader exemption that would include religious institutions and ministries.
The normally quiet and understated Orlando Bishop John Noonan did not mince words in his letter that was distributed to parishes around Orlando last Sunday. From his letter:
We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
I am glad to see that Catholic leaders have come to realize that President Obama is a threat to freedom.