More posts about forcing Catholics to violate our conscience:
The Department of Health and Human Services vs. Conscience
I'm a practicing Catholic, and sometimes my faith won't let me 'go with the flow' of my native culture.
Take the case of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, for example. Catholic bishops in America have said that I can't be a nice little American and play along. And neither can any other Catholic who takes his or her faith seriously.
The Catholic Church teaches that health care is important. But we're also told that killing a baby isn't right. Even if the kid hasn't been born yet. The Church even says we can't kill people because they're sick, and that's almost another topic.1
- Jesus told us that the Commandments boiled down to
'Love God, love your neighbor.'
(Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31)
- Everybody is our neighbor
(Matthew 5:43-44; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-30; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1825)
- Human life is sacred
Catholic bishops in America want us to write our representatives in the national Congress. There is still a chance that Congress may decide to do the right thing.
The bishops explain what's going on, why the HHS mandate is bad idea, and what we can do. In English and en Español:
- USCCB's HHS Mandate Bulletin Insert (English)
(February 12, 2012)
- USCCB's HHS Mandate Volante Para Boletines (en Español)
(12 de febrero 2012)
Today is an era when folks have fairly well-defined choices to make. The trick will be making the right choice. This sort of situation is nothing new:
" 'Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely. Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
"3 If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.' "
That got the attention of eleven men who had followed him:
"10 When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
"11 Then Jesus approached and said to them, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
"Go, therefore, 12 and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,
"teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. 13 And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.' "
On the whole, I think deciding to serve God, and act as if what He says matters, is prudent. Eventually, God's way wins. But what you decide is up to you.
- USCCB: Six Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate
(February 6, 2012)
- USCCB: SEIS COSAS QUE TODO EL MUNDO DEBERÍA SABER SOBRE LA REGULACIÓN DE HHS
(Spanish) (6 de febrero 2012)
- USCCB: White House Misrepresents Its Own Contraceptive Mandate
(February 3, 2012)
- Archbishop Nienstedt's Letter Against Health Coverage Mandates
(January 26, 2012)
- Carta del Arzobispo Nienstedt contra los mandatos de la cobertura de salud
(Spanish) (26 de enero de 2012)
- "The HHS Mandate for
Contraception/Sterilization Coverage: An Attack on Rights of Conscience
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(January 20, 2012)
- "Conscience Protection"
- "Life, Death, the Establishment, and Some Guy in Minnesota"
(March 2, 2012)
- "My Take on the News: 'Jesus-Eating Cult;' Godly Scientist; Insulting Our Intelligence"
(March 2, 2012)
- "The Spirit of Resistance"
(February 26, 2012)
- "HHS Mandate, Catholic Bishops, and Foster Auditorium"
(February 12, 2012)
- "Fear of Right-Wing Extremism: Commie-Hunting in Reverse"
(April 19, 2009)
1 Very briefly, the Catholic Church says:
- Health care is important
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2288-2291
- Killing innocent people is wrong, even if the person is
" Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes one's own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.More: (Catechism, 1733-1738)
"As long as freedom has not bound itself definitively to its ultimate good which is God, there is the possibility of choosing between good and evil, and thus of growing in perfection or of failing and sinning. This freedom characterizes properly human acts. It is the basis of praise or blame, merit or reproach."