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A Call to Battle!

As they say in the fighter pilot world: Fight's on!

On January 19, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI addressed a group of American bishops in Rome for their ad limina visits and gave them their marching orders. He let them know, in no uncertain terms, that America cannot rest on her laurels of religious freedom. The Church and all she represents are under assault in the United States:
[I]t is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.
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RAnn said…
We got a letter from the archbishop today at mass encouraging us to contact congress about the order requiring health plans to include contraception. Unfortunately, if commonly touted statistics are anywhere near correct, the overwhelming majority of the folks who were in church today hearing that letter either are using or have used contraceptives and are probably not the least bit interested in keeping them out of health plans. While bishops and Catholic bloggers may be against contraception I know few people in real life who are.

Of course this wouldn't be an issue if employers would just get out of the health insurance business. Why should my employer get to pick my health plan?

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