“To Hell With Catholics”

Well, it’s not like Obama never telegraphed his abortion views loud and clear before the election.

Remember, the majority of Catholics voted for BO.

While I’d like to think that those are all the Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden types, the truth of the matter remains: Catholics voted for the man.

So will those Catholics–the ones who don’t give a rat’s rear end about abortion or contraceptive culture–be so aghast that their religious liberties are being trampled? Probably not.

But I am.

The Bishop of Pittsburg wrote a scathing response to the new ruling from the Obama administration that Catholic institutions will not receive a waiver from the new mandate from Health and Human Services forcing all employers to provide insurance to cover abortions and contraception. I’m rather saddened that we didn’t hear something similar at Mass this morning:

It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face. The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, “To Hell with you!” There is no other way to put it.

In early August, the Department for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration released guidelines as part of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The guidelines mandated that by Summer 2012 all individual and group health insurance plans, including self-insured plans, cover all FDA-approved contraception, sterilization procedures and pharmaceuticals that even result in abortion.

A million things are wrong with this: equating pregnancy with disease;  mandating that every employer pay for contraception procedures including alleged contraceptives that are actually abortion-inducing drugs; forcing American citizens to chose between violating their consciences or providing health care services; mandating such coverage on every individual woman without allowing her to even choose not to have it; forcing every person to pay for that coverage no matter the dictates of their conscience.
Let’s be blunt. This whole process of mandating these guidelines undermines the democratic process itself.  In this instance, the mandate declares pregnancy a disease, forces a culture of contraception and abortion on society, all while completely bypassing the legislative process.

This is government by fiat that attacks the rights of everyone – not only Catholics; not only people of all religion.  At no other time in memory or history has there been such a governmental intrusion on freedom not only with regard to religion, but even across-the-board with all citizens. It forces every employer to subsidize an ideology or pay a penalty while searching for alternatives to heath care coverage. It undermines the whole concept and hope for health care reform by inextricably linking it to the zealotry of pro-abortion bureaucrats.

Read the rest. The likely result: if the Catholic Church really goes to war over this, then it will dump the health care coverage for thousands of employees and pay the penalty for doing so.

Will those folks realize that Obama stripped them of their health care coverage? Or will they blame the Church?

A reader wrote  in to PJ Tatler to share what her parish added to the body of the Mass: the Prayer to St. Michael, patron of warriors:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

This means war.

UPDATE: Linked by Pundette. Many thanks!


6 Responses

  1. If Catholics wind up voting for Obama now, it will be a disgrace. I can’t help the feeling that we are going to bend over in the end. But yes, Catholics of all political persuasions need to vote together to throw this obamanation outr the door.

    • Manny, agreed. But so many Catholics fall on the abortion sword in the name of “social justice.” I’ve argued with many that there can be no social justice when such a swath of population is butchered, but … to no avail.

  2. My in-laws are Catholic; attend church at least once a week. They voted for Obama. They are pro life, but abortion is simply not the most important issue for them.
    Regardless of Catholicism, any other religion or lack of it, this is a terrible law that infringes on some of the most private decisions we make. Good on Catholic Church for digging in.

  3. I don’t disagree with your sentiment, largebill. I didn’t vote for the man. I attended an incredibly conservative parish in Virginia at the time with amazing priests who warned of the man. I also saw a handful of people leave each Mass when the Fathers got on their abortion soapbox and was awed at how little it took to offend some. So even at an overwhelmingly conservative Catholic parish in NOVA, there were Obama voters.

    One of my dearest friends is Catholic. Teaches at a Catholic elementary school. And she was overjoyed at the news last summer that her insurance would soon cover her birth control pills. She then railed against the fact that her employer, in effect, “found a way around it.” I wonder how she’ll feel if this really means she will have no insurance at all next fall.

    My point is this: not all Catholics subscribe to Catholic teaching. Not all Catholics–even those who receive weekly a la Biden–believe abortion is a sin. The majority of Catholic voters did indeed vote for Obama. It’s … reality.

  4. I have to disagree with your opening statements: “Well, it’s not like Obama never telegraphed his abortion views loud and clear before the election.

    Remember, the majority of Catholics voted for BO.

    While I’d like to think that those are all the Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden types, the truth of the matter remains: Catholics voted for the man.”

    Um, no. No Catholics voted for Obama. The only way a Catholic could have voted for Obama is if they completely rejected our faith and if that were the case then they’re basically no longer Catholic. Faithful Christians can disagree about some political issues. I believe we are called to be personally charitable and others feel they are being charitable by voting for politicians who will forcibly take from some and give to others (with a huge bureaucratic cost in between). However, regardless of how one might feel about economic or other issues NO Catholic can vote for the most pro-abortion politician to ever run for national office and still be considered a practicing Catholic. In effect anyone who voted for BO excommunicated themselves.

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