Sunday, March 18, 2012

Prayer for Protection of Conscience Rights in Health Care

Prayer is part of being Catholic. There are times when we pray 'off the top of our heads,' there are times when we pray using words that were prepared in advance. Lately, we've been joining in this prayer:
"Prayer for Protection of Conscience Rights in Health Care

"Father, in Jesus our Lord, we praise and thank you for your most precious gift of human life, and for forming us in your divine image. Keep us, the dwelling place of your most Holy Spirit, ever healthy in body and soul.

"Jesus, Divine Healer, pour your grace upon all those afflicted with illness or disease. Protect from harm those who are vulnerable due to sickness, suffering, frailty, poverty or age, whether elderly or unborn.

"Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of all who serve human life in medicine and science, so they will protect the dignity of each person, from conception to natural death, and remain faithful advocates of all entrusted to their care.

"Grant those who are called to serve as health care providers renewed conviction in their ministry, and increased wisdom to treat the whole person, and not merely the illness.

"Protect the right of health care providers to serve their patients without being forced to violate their moral and religious convictions. Guard them against discrimination, that they might be free to follow you faithfully while fulfilling their professional duties.

"Grant our lawmakers the wisdom and courage to uphold conscience rights for those called to the ministry of healing, and help them resist the pressure to become collaborators in the culture of death.

"Give us strength to be bold and joyful witnesses to the truth that every human life is sacred. In your goodness, guard our freedom to live out our faith and to follow you in all that we do.

"Father, we ask this in Jesus' name, through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Catholics in America, those of us who take our faith seriously, have been praying this because we're not allowed to kill innocent people. Not even if our leader says we must.

We're not even allowed to pay someone else to kill an innocent person.

Unhappily, the Department of Health and Human Services says that what we believe doesn't matter: and that we're supposed to obey the HHS. The President of the United States is involved, and says that our faith doesn't matter, and that we must obey the HHS. I'm simplifying the situation: but not by much.

The HHS has issued a mandate that requires nearly all employers and health care providers to pay for abortions: or do the job themselves. Euphemisms aside, each abortion kills an innocent young person.

"Legal" May Not be Right

This isn't about contraceptives. This isn't about forcing someone else to go to our church, or believe what we do. This is about Catholics not being allowed to murder: even if the President says we must.

This is why Catholics and Catholic institutions have been deeply involved in health care and medical research, but won't kill innocent people:
  • Human life is sacred
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258)
  • Human beings are always people
  • Murder is wrong
    (Catechism, 2259-2262, 2268-2269)
    • Even if the victim is
  • Concern for health is a good idea
    (Catechism, 2288-2291)
    • Within reason
      (Catechism, 2289)
  • Scientific medical research is a good idea
    (Catechism, 2292-2296)
As for why we won't abandon our faith when the President says we must obey him and his staff:
  • Religious freedom is important
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2104-2109)
    • For everybody
      (Catechism, 2106)
Our refusal to kill innocent people may seem 'intolerant,' and that's another topic.

Related posts:

More posts about forcing Catholics to violate our conscience:

The Department of Health and Human Services vs. Conscience

No comments:

Like it? Pin it, Plus it, - - -

Pinterest: My Stuff, and More


Unique, innovative candles

Visit us online:
Spiral Light CandleFind a Retailer
Spiral Light Candle Store

Popular Posts

Label Cloud

1277 abortion ADD ADHD-Inattentive Adoration Chapel Advent Afghanistan Africa America Amoris Laetitia angels animals annulment Annunciation anti-catholicism Antichrist apocalyptic ideas apparitions archaeology architecture Arianism art Asperger syndrome assumptions asteroid astronomy Australia authority balance and moderation baptism being Catholic beliefs bias Bible Bible and Catechism bioethics biology blogs brain Brazil business Canada capital punishment Caritas in Veritate Catechism Catholic Church Catholic counter-culture Catholicism change happens charisms charity Chile China Christianity Christmas citizenship climate change climatology cloning comets common good common sense Communion community compassion confirmation conscience conversion Corpus Christi cosmology creation credibility crime crucifix Crucifixion Cuba culture dance dark night of the soul death depression designer babies despair detachment devotion discipline disease diversity divination Divine Mercy divorce Docetism domestic church dualism duty Easter economics education elections emotions England entertainment environmental issues Epiphany Establishment Clause ethics ethnicity Eucharist eugenics Europe evangelizing evolution exobiology exoplanets exorcism extremophiles faith faith and works family Father's Day Faust Faustus fear of the Lord fiction Final Judgment First Amendment forgiveness Fortnight For Freedom free will freedom fun genetics genocide geoengineering geology getting a grip global Gnosticism God God's will good judgment government gratitude great commission guest post guilt Haiti Halloween happiness hate health Heaven Hell HHS hierarchy history holidays Holy Family Holy See Holy Spirit holy water home schooling hope humility humor hypocrisy idolatry image of God images Immaculate Conception immigrants in the news Incarnation Independence Day India information technology Internet Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jesus John Paul II joy just war justice Kansas Kenya Knights of Columbus knowledge Korea language Last Judgment last things law learning Lent Lenten Chaplet life issues love magi magic Magisterium Manichaeism marriage martyrs Mary Mass materialism media medicine meditation Memorial Day mercy meteor meteorology Mexico Minnesota miracles Missouri moderation modesty Monophysitism Mother Teresa of Calcutta Mother's Day movies music Muslims myth natural law neighbor Nestorianism New Year's Eve New Zealand news Nietzsche obedience Oceania organization original sin paleontology parish Parousia penance penitence Pentecost Philippines physical disability physics pilgrimage politics Pope Pope in Germany 2011 population growth positive law poverty prayer predestination presumption pride priests prophets prostitution Providence Purgatory purpose quantum entanglement quotes reason redemption reflections relics religion religious freedom repentance Resurrection robots Roman Missal Third Edition rosaries rules sacramentals Sacraments Saints salvation schools science secondary causes SETI sex shrines sin slavery social justice solar planets soul South Sudan space aliens space exploration Spain spirituality stem cell research stereotypes stewardship stories storm Sudan suicide Sunday obligation superstition symbols technology temptation terraforming the establishment the human condition tolerance Tradition traffic Transfiguration Transubstantiation travel Trinity trust truth uncertainty United Kingdom universal destination of goods vacation Vatican Vatican II veneration vengeance Veterans Day videos virtue vlog vocations voting war warp drive theory wealth weather wisdom within reason work worship writing

Marian Apparition: Champion, Wisconsin

Background:Posts in this blog: In the news:

What's That Doing in a Nice Catholic Blog?

From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.