Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Health and Human Services Mandate IS NOT A Catholic-Only Issue

More than 25% of the population of the United States will be stripped of their religious liberties in 2013 when the US Health and Human Services mandates all employers to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion via the "morning after pill."  Though President Obama is now relishing the thought that he "stuck it to the Catholic Church" his ideological war against the Catholic faith just got a whole lot bigger. Like the shot heard round the world, with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand starting WWI, this "shot"   against American Catholics will ultimately pull people of all faith into the fray.

This is not just a "Catholic contraception" issue. This HHS mandate will also effect employers of any faith who would violate their conscience by paying for their employees to obtain and take RU-486, the abortion pill used to prevent "morning after" conceptions. For you fans of Dr. Dobson's ministry in the evangelical world, this means that Focus on the Family, which has often relied on Catholicism for the source of its moral teachings, will now be forced to pay for the morning-after pill for it's employees, contraception and sterilizations. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,  (a source of magisterial teaching for many conservative protestants) will now be forced to pay for RU-486 for employees. Once again, this is an institution that often allies itself with the Catholic Church when it comes to morals and ethics. (See the president of that university's blog here)
   Protestant colleges, employers and charities will all be forced to comply with this. The Catholic bishops have already begun to orchestrate a legal challenge to this and hopefully will be joined by our protestant brothers and sisters.  Christians of all faiths need to contact their legislators to make their outrage known.

"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 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."

The Catholic Bishops of the United States.


Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

There are already two universities suing HHS because of this mandate and its violations of their beliefs: one is Catholic, the other is Protestant. Its already become an issue for other Christian Churches.

February 08, 2012 8:30 AM  

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