Some Positive Aspects of the Egregious HHS Mandate
1) The issue of Catholics who use birth control has come to the fore. All the news media are breathlessly quoting: "98 % of Catholics use artificial contraception." Whether this is true or not, it certainly brings up the issue. The positive thing is that it may remind Catholics that "Yes Virginia, it is still a mortal sin to contracept." There have been some Catholics under the mistaken notion that the ban on artificial contraception was revoked with Vatican 2. I actually heard someone say this at RCIA once! It is unclear to me why the beautiful teachings on life, procreation and the marital relationship aren't taught more often but perhaps this will start a new phase in the life of the Church. There is nothing like persecution to purify the faithful and I believe God will use this HHS mandate to help Catholics decide if they are going to stand with the Church or side with secular mores.
Perhaps we are at a turning point for the Catholic Church in America. As Pope Benedict predicted, the Catholic Church may indeed get smaller, but it wouldn't be the first time and the end result will be a positive one. My hope is that many Catholics will start to question their use of artificial contraception. The issue can't be hidden and Catholics cannot claim ignorance since most parishes have read the USCCB's statement to their congregations this past Sunday. If the Church is stating that it cannot and will not capitulate to this mandate, Lord willing, the congregants will look into their hearts and reconsider why the Church is so adamant against contraception.
2) The second positive aspect is that everyone is talking about the Catholic Church and its teachings. not a bad thing! All the talk radio guys are talking about the Church, mostly as an axe to grind against Obama, but many of their listeners will want to know why the Church is so adamant about contraception, sterilization and abortifacient morning after pills. Lord willing they will look into it. There are many conversion stories based on people who became Catholic because of the Church's moral teachings.
3) This may cause a restoration of unity of sorts between Catholics and Protestants as they realize they have more that unites than divides them, and in the face of this egregious attack on religion, there is certainly strength in numbers.
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