+Dolan says that the bishops did not ask for this fight.

(CNSNews.com) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administration’s command—issued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the president’s health-care plan–that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings of their faith by purchasing and providing health insurance plans that pay for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients.

“We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans,” Cardinal Dolan wrote his brother bishops.

“We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it,” he said….(Source)

Actually, your Eminence, if you reflect for a moment on the massive negligence of your brother bishops and your predecessors for the past 40 years in betraying your duty to vigorously teach the Church’s teaching on the transmission of human life, you will quickly realize – as Faithful Catholics are wont to point out to your generation of bishops time and time and time and time again – you did indeed ask for this fight.  We warned you of what was coming, but you refused to listen.  So now comes the fight that you really did ask for.  And it’s the fight that you will lose, which must and will be fought and won by faithful pastors and laity of a future generation with their blood.  Why?  Because you’re still not talking about contraception because you want to talk about “freedom” without talking about the sin which brought us into slavery.  The red that you symbolically and comfortably wear today will be experienced quite differently by your successor.  Does this not bother you in the slightest?  If it does, for the sake of your own salvation, start preaching the Gospel and stop being just a politician with a collar.

3 thoughts on “+Dolan says that the bishops did not ask for this fight.

  1. Spot on John!

    By simply clamoring for “religious freedom” without proclaiming the Truth that sets us free, the bishops are only solidifying the dictatorship of relativism. After all, isn’t polygamy being advocated on the basis of “religious freedom”?

  2. This isn’t about religious liberty.

    Catholics have liberty to practice their religion, not liberty to force their religious views on employees in American run businesses. The Catholic church wants to run businesses in the US, but doesn’t want to pay for insurance that pays for anything that offends Catholic teaching. Good – get out of business in the US.

    Muslims have liberty to practice their religion, but if they want to run a hospital, they don’t get to say women can’t get health care without a burka on. God Bless America.

    I don’t like paying taxes so people can be on unemployment, but I do, unless I want to rise up and change the laws.

    This isn’t about religious liberty. Nobody is forcing Catholics to take the pill. Its about Catholics being forced to pay for something they don’t like. Catholics just can’t tolerate anybody having sex except when their priests are having sex with children by the tens of thousands.

  3. Don’t confuse “religious liberty” with “freedom of religious worship”. Those are two separate things. The FORMER is what America previously enjoyed. The latter is much more restrictive and will, in time, be taken away. In fact, it’s already starting to happen.

    Religious liberty is like any liberty. It means to have the ability to associate with like-minded people and exist within certain beliefs and principles that all members share. This also means not contradicting those principles when seeking to employ other people. The people who BY THEIR OWN CHOICE agree to work for such an organization, agree BY THEIR OWN CHOICE to live by the conditions imposed on them by their employer.

    If you don’t want to work for the Catholic Church or its organizations, then please, DON’T. But the employee (and you) have no business trying to force the Catholic Church (or any organization for that matter) to change its views because of what you chose to work for VOLUNTARILY.

    When the government mandates something that YOU cannot accept as a matter of conscience, are you so shallow a person that you would cave into it and betray yourself? Or are you, instead, such in lock-step with the government that everything it says or does, you would always agree with?

    Today, a liberal president. Good for you.

    Tomorrow a conservative president with the same law. Maybe not so good for you.

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