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Obama is forcing Catholics to “violate their conscience.”

No matter how you feel about this, Catholics have a right to not violate their religious beliefs and the government has absolutely no right to involve themselves in the church decisions.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”

“Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience,” said Dolan. “This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”

The Catholic Bishops of the United States are reportedly furious over what they call the “literally unconscionable” decision by the Obama Administration to require that contraception be included in virtually all health plans provided by religious-affiliated institutions to their employees.

The announcement means that the mandate and its narrow exemption will not change. Rather, there will be a delay in enforcement against some employers.

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Dolan added, “To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable. It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and a compromise of our religious liberty.”

The HHS rule requires that sterilization and contraception — including controversial abortifacients — be included among “preventive services” coverage in almost every healthcare plan available to Americans. “The government should not force Americans to act as if pregnancy is a disease to be prevented at all costs,” added Cardinal-designate Dolan.

At issue, the U.S. bishops and other religious leaders insist, is the survival of a cornerstone constitutionally protected freedom that ensures respect for the conscience of Catholics and all other Americans. From: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-bishops-vow-to-fight-hhs-edict-137778108.html

“This is nothing less than a direct attack on religion and First Amendment rights,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairperson of the board at Franciscan Alliance, Inc., a system of 13 Catholic hospitals. “I have hundreds of employees who will be upset and confused by this edict. I cannot understand it at all.”

“The Obama administration has now drawn an unprecedented line in the sand,” Dolan said. “The Catholic bishops are committed to working with our fellow Americans to reform the law and change this unjust regulation. We will continue to study all the implications of this troubling decision.”

As AP reports, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded that nonprofit institutions such as church-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies will have one additional year to comply with the requirement, issued in regulations under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

“I believe this proposal strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services,” Sebelius said in a statement.

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3 Comments on “Obama is forcing Catholics to “violate their conscience.””

  1. patrickomalley617 January 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Its a shame Catholics just can’t tell the truth.

    Catholics, you have religious freedom, which means you can practice the religion that you want.

    It does not mean you can tell everyone else what to do. It does not mean you can take taxpayer money and keep it from gays just because you can’t cope with your own homosexuality. It does not mean you can take taxpayer money and tell people whether or not to use contraception.

    The country even allowed you to run the world’s largest child rape cult with almost no arrests.

    Sorry, you used your mulligan on rampant child rape. We don’t trust you with anything anymore.

    That was a bad move for everyone.

  2. J.F. The Story of Liberty January 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” Thomas Paine :

    So basically you believe if a fallen man sins, his rights should no longer apply? Im sorry, but that’s why we have the Constitution as the highest power and not man. A sin, no matter how great does not make The Bill of Rights obsolete, in fact it makes it even more necessarily important.

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”

  3. neconservative January 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I agree with you response J.F. Unfortunately, the Catholic Bishops are somewhat responsible for Obamacare to begin with: http://www.iberianet.com/forum/catholic-church-supports-universal-healthcare/article_f3485d1f-14df-57db-b8d6-f7e03e432361.html

    If you lay down with dogs, expect to get fleas!! The Bishops should NEVER have supported universal healthcare as a basic right, it isn’t. Let’s hope the Supreme Court gets this right and gets rid of the whole thing, before this gets implemented. Look at what the Bishops are even now trying to do, support the conscience protection changes to the law, NOT repealing it!!!! Obama MUST be defeated in order to repeal Obamacare!! Nebraska Catholic

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