The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement in response to the Senate’s decision to table the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.
“The need to defend citizens’ rights of conscience is the most critical issue before our country right now,” said Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. “We will continue our strong defense of conscience rights through all available legal means. Religious freedom is at the heart of democracy and rooted in the dignity of every human person. We will not rest until the protection of conscience rights is restored and the First Amendment is returned to its place of respect in the Bill of Rights.”
“I am grateful today to Senator Roy Blunt and the 47 other Senators who cast a bipartisan vote reaffirming our nation’s long tradition of respect for rights of conscience in health care,” he added. “We will build on this base of support as we pursue legislation in the House of Representatives, urge the Administration to change its course on this issue, and explore our legal rights under the Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” (Source)
My dear bishops:
If only you would not rest until the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and contraception, in particular, was properly taught and “restored” in the Church!
God will not grant us our freedom until we convert our hearts to the Catholic Faith completely, in teaching – with absolute clarity – the Gospel of Life and the wickedness of contraceptive acts.
Stop thinking political means will secure the freedom of the Church. Religious freedom only comes through proclaiming the more difficult elements of the Gospel.
For heaven’s sake, you’re not God’s politicians. You’re ordained to preach the Gospel in and out of season. God will handle the politics part.
It looks like you want freedom without having to proclaim inconvenient truths. The God of the bible will not grant that.
You want cheap freedom without the cross.