Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans asked his pastors to read a letter at this weekend's Masses. When I read the letter to myself, I thought it was rather tame. However, when I read it aloud, I was struck by the force of his words and motivated to act.
Rarely have I asked HancAquam readers to anything specific. . .OK. . ."buy me books" counts, I guess! :-)
Let me ask you to do something now: contact your Congressmen and Senators and let them know that you strongly object to the Obama administration's intrusion into our lives as faithful Catholics.
Even those of you who think the Church's teaching on contraception and abortion is wrongheaded or too extreme, or even if you don't really understand the Church's teachings, you can appreciate the gross malfeasance of requiring Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives and abortions. The Amish are exempted from buying health insurance and sending their children to public schools. The Quakers are exempted from serving in the military. Why are Catholics being required to violate their conscience in the funding of abortion?
Spirit of Vatican Two Catholics and JPII-BXVI Catholics can agree that the well-formed conscience of a religious believer is not subject to regulation by secular political forces.
B.O. is setting himself against both the leadership of the Church and against the free conscience of individual Catholics when he orders that we work in order to supply money to those who want to violate the natural law by killing their children. This is a rank, cynical political move to shore up his base before an election by demonizing the only institution left in this country that believes in objective truth and knowable moral norms.
Not only is he ordering us to give our money to abortionists, he's implicating us in mortal sin.
Let your representatives know that they have your support in opposing B.O.'s attempt to get you to pay for his supporters' abortions.___________________
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