…In a particularly strong passage, the bishops’ statement raises the possibility of Catholic resistance against laws that violate the rights of conscience:
It is a sobering thing to contemplate our government enacting an unjust law. An unjust law cannot be obeyed. In the face of an unjust law, an accommodation is not to be sought, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices. If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them. No American desires this. No Catholic welcomes it. But if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.
Questioned by the National Catholic Register about that passage, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who heads the USCCB committee on religious liberty, said that the bishops “do not mean that we go to civil disobedience in the first instance.” Then he added: “But if a law is asking us to violate our conscience, then we could be faced with a Thomas More choice.” (Source)
Dammit. Is this great, or what? I’m so recovering my pride in the Church and the Bishops. Praise be to God. The milktoast is getting squeezed out. Before you know it, there won’t be anymore professionals in teh Church!
When people see Catholics are serious about their faith and are willing to pony up on the price for it, you’ll see our numbers swell. No program or evangelization gimmick will ever be so successful. Nothing sells like grit and witness.
There’s nothing like the Cross to bring true unity.