No Mandate Has The Power To Trample Our Conscience

This Is Not About One Issue We Just Need to Let Go

They call this “Spoken Word.”  Father Claude Burns’ previous video “Why I Love The Church and Religion”  received a half million views. Father addressed a young adult whose video went viral with 19 million views. It was an attack on the Church and Father Burns did an outstanding and professional job refuting it. Keep up the good work with the New Evangelism Father!
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Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns
“I was born in Evansville, IN. I attended Memorial high school for 3 years and North high school for 1 year. I attended the University of Southern Indiana and graduated with a degree in psychology in May of 1997. I entered Mundelein Seminary in August of 1997 and was ordained in May of 2002.”


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6 comments to No Mandate Has The Power To Trample Our Conscience

  • Bill

    Catholic Bishops Make Inaccurate Claim About Birth Control

    From the Huffington

    Catholic Bishops: Birth Control Is ‘Ubiquitous And Inexpensive’

    Posted: 03/15/2012 1:25 pm Updated: 03/15/2012 3:10 pm

    WASHINGTON — As part of their intensely focused effort to repeal the Obama administration’s new contraception coverage policy, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a manifesto of sorts on Wednesday, in which they assert that birth control is “ubiquitous and inexpensive.”

    “We wish to clarify what this debate is — and is not — about,” the bishops said in the statement. “This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds.”

    What the debate is about, according to the statement, is the “unjust and illegal” mandate that “would force virtually all private health plans nationwide to provide coverage of sterilization and contraception — including abortifacient drugs.”

    The bishops’ statement is somewhat misleading. The new federal rule does not cover any drug that causes an abortion. It does cover emergency contraception, which prevents pregnancy.

    Birth control is also not “ubiquitous and inexpensive” for all woman. A 2001 court case against Walmart provides one real-world example of the potential cost burden that millions of women could face if the government allowed employers to pick and choose which reproductive services their health plans covered. Lisa Smith Mauldin, a 22-year-old customer services manager and divorced mother of two earning $12 per hour, sued Walmart for sex discrimination because it excluded contraceptives from its prescription drug plan. She said the $30-per-month cost of birth control pills was a significant financial burden for her.

    As to the religious liberty issue, under the new federal policy, no religious employers will be required to cover birth control against the teachings of their faith. Churches and other houses of worship are completely exempt from having to cover contraception. Other faith-based employers, such as a Catholic school or hospital, may opt out of paying for birth control insurance for their employees, although their insurance provider would then be required to provide the coverage at no cost to the women.

    Nonetheless, the Catholic bishops have been relentless in their battle over the contraception rule, and a number of conservative lawmakers have taken their side. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) wrote legislation that would allow any employer to refuse to cover any kind of health service for vaguely described “moral reasons.” After that effort failed in the Senate, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to continue the fight in the House.

    A few states have also joined the religious liberty/contraception debate. New Hampshire legislators recently voted to repeal the state’s 12-year-old birth control insurance mandate, and Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that would force some women seeking birth control for non-contraceptive medical reasons to prove that medical need to their employers before it would be covered in their health plans.

    The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the primary political forces opposing the Catholic bishops on this issue, maintains that a woman’s liberty should be prioritized over the moral beliefs of her employer.

    “The Bishops have doubled-down on demands allowing employers to deny women coverage for contraception based on the employer’s, not the woman’s, personal beliefs,” said ACLU policy counsel Sarah Lipton-Lubet. “A woman’s health care needs are what is most important in this debate, and her rights to live her life according to her beliefs, and the freedom to not have someone else’s imposed on her.”

  • Patricia Stanley Rewis

    Thank you for your outstanding message. I will pray for all the courageous priests we are so blessed to have in our church.

  • Bill

    And here’s where the Catholic women come in. According to the Public Religion Research Institute poll released today,
    A majority (55%) of Americans agree that “employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception and birth control at no cost.” Four-in-ten (40%) disagree with this requirement.
    Key breakdowns
    • 58% of all Catholics agree employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception. That slides down to 52% for Catholic voters, 50% for white Catholics.
    • 61% of religiously unaffiliated Americans say employer plans should cover contraception.
    • 50%of white mainline Protestants want the coverage. However, for evangelical Protestants, that drops to 38%.

  • carolh

    God Bless you for speaking up.

  • Shane

    Thank you so much Fr. Burns this is great! So glad you are speaking up for all the souls in this once great country. Hope with the coming elections it will be great again.

  • Arlene Johnson

    This was excellent … Sharing on Facebook…the Church is under attack and the persecution is here in America…

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