"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

If an Archbishop told you to wake up, would you listen?

Or just praise him for having the courage to say something?

Whenever he speaks, Archbishop Chaput needs no interpreter to tell us what he really said - he's a straight talker.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is calling on Americans to wake up and recognize that the Founding Fathers' vision of religious freedom is now threatened by the federal government. 
"The day when Americans could take the Founders' understanding of religious freedom as a given is over," said the archbishop. "We need to wake up."
Chaput, who leads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pointed to Obamacare's sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation as one example. The regulation, issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, requires almost all health-care plans in the United States to provide coverage for sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to all women of reproductive age--even if the person or employer providing the insurance coverage and even if the female beneficiaries themselves do not want the coverage and believe it is morally wrong and violates their religious beliefs. 
"[T]he HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion," the archbishop wrote in a recent column posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The column is entitled, "Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up." - CNS

 I'm awake now.

1 comment:

  1. Prior to the 1970s, the Catholic Church was a strong moral force acting within the U.S. at many levels. Unfortunately we now have too few bishops like Chaput to lead us in the right path.


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