In light of the recent comments being made about the HHS and the Obama administration....I have the following to say to other Catholics....
It is really, really good to hear that these holy bishops are
standing up for what is important morally. We often times forget that
there is more to being Catholic than just fulfilling our obligations.
Being Catholic is a way of life and that way of life is under direct
We are not American Catholics, but rather we are Catholics in
America. A subtle distinction? Perhaps, but one which is necessary.
Far too often we forget that the smallest adjustment in language can
change the way an entire group of people look at themselves. This
adjustment needs to be made, IMHO! I am an American by birth, but I am a
Catholic from all eternity.
Archbishop (Cardinal Designate) Dolan, Bishop Nickless, Bishop Sample and Archbishop Schnurr, as well as every bishop in the
United States needs to hear from every faithful Catholic that this is
not acceptable and they need to rise to the occasion. Catholicism is
not a piece of clothing like the shirts we put on and take off, it is
our means to salvation. We cannot lose sight of that. All the Church
teaches is our path to salvation. We stray from one teaching and our
path is compromised. This applies to proper Sacramental/liturgical
application and it also applies to protecting the innocent (the unborn
and infirmed; the aged and those who cannot otherwise take care of
Pray for our bishops. Pray they have the strength to stand up
against this tyranny. Injustice is injustice, even if it comes from
within. It cannot be tolerated and it must be snuffed out, by proper
means. May God have mercy on the pro-abort’s soul. They will need it.
I know that in speaking about freedom of
conscience, this would be political suicide, but I think that His
Eminence, Cardinal Designate Dolan needs to promote the idea that the freedom of which he speaks
is found in adherence to the Catholic Church.
As a Catholic, I don’t exercise my freedom of conscience because of
my citizenship in the USA, but rather I exercise my freedom of
conscience because I adhere to the Truth of the Church, then and only
then apply it to my secular life. As I’ve said before, I am a Catholic
in America, not an American Catholic. It isn’t my citizenship which
frees my conscience, but rather it is my assenting of my will to the
Truth of the Church which does so. What do I mean? I would say the
same thing if I were South African, or if I were Japanese, or if I were
British, or if I were Italian.
I think that if the bishops catechize the Church (and various
ecclesial communions) we would be much better served. But I also
realize that it would be political suicide to do so. As it is, it
certainly seems that our freedom of conscience is couched in terms of
our citizenship first, then our membership in the Church and I think it
should be vice versa.