Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bishops Behaving Boldly

Because the myopic vision of those who make a career out of bashing Bishops represents a tiny minority of what our shepherds do. The regular segment "Bishops Behaving Boldly" will highlight this point.

US bishops say contraception mandate coerces religious groups
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for the withdrawal of the new federal mandate that will require private insurers to provide women with coverage for FDA-approved contraception, including sterilization and contraceptives that have an abortifacient effect.

The HHS contraception mandate for insurance plans is “more radical” than any other in the United States and entails “nationwide coercion of religious people and groups,” the U.S. bishops’ general counsel said as he called for the mandate to be rescinded.

“Only rescission will eliminate all of the serious moral problems the mandate creates,” said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Archbishop of US military ordinariate issues blunt warning against attacks on DOMA
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who head the US military ordinariate, has joined New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan in calling upon President Obama to “call off his administration’s attack on the constitutionality of the 1997 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.”

The effort to overturn DOMA, Archbishop Broglio charged, is an effort “to subvert the clear will of the majority” in the US. He pointed out that DOMA was passed by a solid and bipartisan majority in Congress, and similar legislation has been approved in 29 American states. “Anywhere that the people have been allowed to decide,” the archbishop observed, “marriage has been reaffirmed as that union made clear by nature itself.”

“As a nation we walk down a dangerous path when appointed officials are allowed to arrogate to themselves the right to call bigotry whatever does not correspond to their agenda,” Archbishop Broglio warned.

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‘Obamacare’ Vs. The Catholic Church
Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik joined KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek to talk about how “Obamacare” contradicts the teachings of the Catholic faith and how an impending federal rule requiring contraception and sterilization coverage in all health insurance will cause Catholic agencies to drop all health insurances.

The Bishop told Mike that this could cause Catholic agencies to close.

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Susan Rauscher said “It poses for us the dilemma of providing health insurance coverage for our employees that include services that are counter to our teaching, or not providing health benefits at all.”

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