PRESS HERE FOR THE GLOAT OF THE NEW YORK TIMES (THE MOST VIRULENTLY ANTI-CATHOLIC NEWS SOURCE THERE IS)AS THEY CANONIZE SISTER CAROL KEEHAN WHO IS PART OF THE CHURCH'S INTERNAL PROBLEM OF CATHOLICS WHO TRY TO DIVIDE OTHER CATHOLICS AWAY FROM THE AUTHENTIC TEACHERS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH, THE POPE AND THE BISHOPS IN UNION WITH HIM. SISTER CAROL YOU DO NOT COMPOSE A MAGISTERIUM UNTO YOURSELF OR OTHERS WHOSE SUPPOSED CONCERN FOR THE POOR AND THE MARGINALIZED WOULD SEPARATE AND SCATTER THE FLOCK OF CHRIST TO ACHIEVE THEIR OTHERWISE NOBLE AGENDA!WHEN YOU HAVE THE NEW YORK TIMES PRAISING A NUN'S COMPLICITY IN DIVIDING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE PROBLEMS!
54He also said to the crowds, “When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; 55and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Two major events in the past five years, since 07/07/07, have occurred in the Church to prepare and assist Catholics of right belief, good faith and a strong desire to bring the Gospel to the world. These are:
1. The lavish permission for any priest who has some grasp of Latin to celebrating the Extraordinary Form of the Mass given from the Holy Father himself, Pope Benedict XVI in the seventh month, of the seventh day of the seventh year of this new millennium. The number seven is very important in Scripture and in the Church.
2. The revision of the Roman Missal in the vernacular, in particular in English, that enables priests and congregations to sing, say and pray what the Latin template has always had. In other words the Mass in the vernacular is now authentically a Latin Rite Mass and correctly translated.
Both of these events will prepare strong Catholics to face the challenges of a totally secularized world; it will help form lukewarm Catholics into passionate souls for Christ and the Church and it will provide a means to God's actual grace to help us in this period of darkness as the forces of the world (secular governments) strive to divide and conquer the authority of God exercised through the Church. It will prepare many Catholics, both clergy and laity for martyrdom. It will prepare solid rock Catholics to allow those who willfully succumb to godless secularism and leave the Church or do battle with her from within to be nonplussed and fearless.
THE UNITED STATES BISHOPS IN THEIR MOST RECENT AND UPDATED RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLITICAL STRATEGY TO IMPOSE IMMORALITY ON THE CHURCH THROUGH DIRECT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AND COERCION UNDER THE FORCE OF CIVIL LAW IS STRIKING BUT WELL MEASURED.
My Comment first: We cannot allow any political party to hijack the Catholic Church, not the radical left of the Democrat Party nor the radical right of the Republican Party. We cannot let either party use the Church as a political tool for their own agenda. But when the agenda of a particular party seeks to impose upon the Church through law, that which is unnatural and immoral, the Church does have a right to question why Catholics would belong to such an anti-Catholic organization despite the good they may do in some areas.
Is it not a fact that Masons do wonderful things, such as their children's hospital, but nonetheless, Catholics are forbidden to join the Mason because of their "historical" opposition to the Church?
Is it not a fact that priests are not to receive into the Church those who do not renounce membership in organizations that oppose the Church and her moral teachings, such as the KKK, no matter what good these organizations might provide for their clique of members?
FROM THE UNITED STATES COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, FRIDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 10TH:
Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty
February 10, 2012
Regulatory changes limited and unclear
Rescission of mandate only complete solution
Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:
The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in the complex process of providing that healthcare. That is why we raised two serious objections to the "preventive services" regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2011.
First, we objected to the rule forcing private health plans — nationwide, by the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen—to cover sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion. All the other mandated "preventive services" prevent disease, and pregnancy is not a disease. Moreover, forcing plans to cover abortifacients violates existing federal conscience laws. Therefore, we called for the rescission of the mandate altogether.
Second, we explained that the mandate would impose a burden of unprecedented reach and severity on the consciences of those who consider such "services" immoral: insurers forced to write policies including this coverage; employers and schools forced to sponsor and subsidize the coverage; and individual employees and students forced to pay premiums for the coverage. We therefore urged HHS, if it insisted on keeping the mandate, to provide a conscience exemption for all of these stakeholders—not just the extremely small subset of "religious employers" that HHS proposed to exempt initially.
Today, the President has done two things.
First, he has decided to retain HHS's nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients. This is both unsupported in the law and remains a grave moral concern. We cannot fail to reiterate this, even as so many would focus exclusively on the question of religious liberty.
Second, the President has announced some changes in how that mandate will be administered, which is still unclear in its details. As far as we can tell at this point, the change appears to have the following basic contours:
·It would still mandate that all insurers must include coverage for the objectionable services in all the policies they would write. At this point, it would appear that self-insuring religious employers, and religious insurance companies, are not exempt from this mandate.
·It would allow non-profit, religious employers to declare that they do not offer such coverage. But the employee and insurer may separately agree to add that coverage. The employee would not have to pay any additional amount to obtain this coverage, and the coverage would be provided as a part of the employer's policy, not as a separate rider.
·Finally, we are told that the one-year extension on the effective date (from August 1, 2012 to August 1, 2013) is available to any non-profit religious employer who desires it, without any government application or approval process.
These changes require careful moral analysis, and moreover, appear subject to some measure of change. But we note at the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders—for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals—is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer's plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.
(MY COMMENT: THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT OF THIS COMMUNIQUE):
We just received information about this proposal for the first time this morning; we were not consulted in advance. Some information we have is in writing and some is oral. We will, of course, continue to press for the greatest conscience protection we can secure from the Executive Branch. But stepping away from the particulars, we note that today's proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.
We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful, and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all.