...The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,”
has just been dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people
— the Catholic population
— and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
announced last week that almost all employers,
including Catholic employers,
will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage
that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception."
If the coverage isn't used
no harm no foul?
Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services”
in the health policies they write.
Which means those who don't want to use those “services”
don't have to?
And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage
as a part of their policies.
Is the Catholic church afraid of not trusting their women?
In so ruling, the Obama Administration has cast aside
the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom,
that of religious liberty.
If a Catholic male wants what his wife doesn't
should the Catholic church decide?
...we Catholics will be compelled to either violate our consciences,
or to drop health coverage for our employees
(and suffer the penalties for doing so).
How does unused coverage violate any one's conscience?
The Obama Administration’s sole concession
was to give our institutions one year to comply.
What if a mother gets her daughter birth control
as the "pious" father sleeps with the daughter?
What if it's their preacher?
We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.
...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.
If some don't like it,
can't many Catholics pay for health care in cash?
...the Church has always been able to count on the faithful
to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties.
Was it when Obama announced forced "charity"
in the form of mandatory health "insurance"?
Was it when the government ...forced everyone in the country
to pay the hospital bills for those who refused
-- or were unable -- to pay on their own?
Was it when Congress and the government
...started whacking Medicare and Medicaid payments,
forcing everyone else to pay?
Or was it when all of this,
plus the "free money lottery" game in the medical field,
was imposed on every man, woman and child in America?
The Catholic Church had no problem with that whatsoever.
Organized theft at literal government gunpoint was just fine,
so long as what was stolen, and why, met with Church approval.
I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.
The Catholic Church already supports laws that force you, I,
and everyone else to cover the cost of abortions,
of "morning after" pills for******victims,
of birth control generally and other procedures
that the Church finds objectionable.
Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
The Church and her members to pay for these "forbidden" procedures
and drugs through both the tax system (indirectly)
and directly by grossly inflating the price of medical services
charged to everyone else!
...The Church ...did not, as just one example, speak against Obamacare
-- in fact, Catholic Charities and The St. Vincent de Paul Society
along with the Catholic Health Association
all supported Obamacare in the first instance!
...Medicaid has always provided these services
and due to the subsidized and cost-shifted nature of Medicare you,
as a Catholic, have long been compelled to pay for these procedures.
...the Catholic Church has long supported these procedures
with their direct employment tax dollars
as well as espousing the belief that the Church laity
is morally ...bound to pay said taxes
despite the fact that some part of those taxes, no matter how small,
is used to fund these procedures, drugs and devices.
And therefore, I would ask of you two things.
First, as a community of faith
we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting
that wisdom and justice may prevail,
and religious liberty may be restored.
The Church has been paying its employment taxes without complaint
just like everyone else, even though Medicaid provides for birth control pills
and other related services including, in some cases, abortion!
There has been no organized objection,
no refusal to pay those taxes
and no call for the laity to refuse to pay those taxes.
...When Obamacare was being debated
-- and Catholic Charities supported it?
Oh, it was all ok then,
because you felt Catholics had an obligation to cede our particular moral values
for the "poor" and "less advantaged"
irrespective of how that need for care happened
and irrespective of personal liberty, freedom and morality.
This was true even if those Medicaid recipients
then turned around and obtained birth control pills
or obtained an abortion with our Catholic money!
Without God, we can do nothing;
with God, nothing is impossible.
+Alexander K. Sample
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Bishop of Marquette
Catholic Church Hypocrisy: Obamacare
Here Is The Anti-Obama Administration Letter
That Was Read To Almost Every Catholic
Sitting In Church On Sunday