Wake Up Catholics!

When are Catholics going to Wake Up and Start Fighting Back?

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput:  Let’s begin this week with a simple statement of fact.  America’s Catholic bishops started pressing for adequate health-care coverage for all of our nation’s people decades before the current administration took office.  In the Christian tradition, basic medical care is a matter of social justice and human dignity.  Even now, even with the financial and structural flaws that critics believe undermine the 2010 Affordable Care Act, the bishops continue to share the goal of real health-care reform and affordable medical care for all Americans.

Archbishop Charles J.Chaput

Archbishop Charles J.Chaput latest book is A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America. Here is his other books.

But health care has now morphed into a religious liberty issue provoked entirely – and needlessly — by the current White House.  Despite a few small concessions under pressure, the administration refuses to withdraw or reasonably modify a Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate that violates the moral and religious convictions of many individuals, private employers and religiously affiliated and inspired organizations.

Coupled with the White House’s refusal to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and its astonishing disregard for the unique nature of religious freedom displayed by its arguments in a 9-0 defeat in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court decision, the HHS mandate can only be understood as a form of coercion.  Access to inexpensive contraception is a problem nowhere in the United States.  The mandate is thus an ideological statement; the imposition of a preferential option for infertility.  And if millions of Americans disagree with it on principle – too bad.

The fraud at the heart of our nation’s “reproductive rights” vocabulary runs very deep and very high.  In his April 26 remarks to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the president never once used the word “abortion,” despite the ongoing Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia and despite Planned Parenthood’s massive role in the abortion industry.

Likewise, as Anthony Esolen recently noted so well, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s public statement on the conviction of abortionist Gosnell was a masterpiece of corrupt and misleading language.  Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three infants, but no such mention was made anywhere in the NARAL Pro-Choice America statement.

None of this is finally surprising. Christians concerned for the rights of unborn children, as well as for their mothers, have dealt with bias in the media and dishonesty from the nation’s abortion syndicate for 40 years.  But there’s a special lesson in our current situation.  Anyone who thinks that our country’s neuralgic sexuality issues can somehow be worked out respectfully in the public square in the years ahead, without a parallel and vigorous defense of religious freedom, had better think again.

As Mollie Hemingway, Stephen Krason and Wayne Laugesen have all pointed out, the current IRS scandal – involving IRS targeting of “conservative” organizations – also has a religious dimension.  Selective IRS pressure on religious individuals and organizations has drawn very little media attention.  Nor should we expect any, any time soon, for reasons Hemingway outlines for the Intercollegiate Review. But the latest IRS ugliness is a hint of the treatment disfavored religious groups may face in the future, if we sleep through the national discussion of religious liberty now.

The day when Americans could take the Founders’ understanding of religious freedom as a given is over.  We need to wake up.


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5 comments to Wake Up Catholics!

  • Clem

    I now see why I stopped going to church when I lived in Denver. Things didn’t improve when I moved to Phoenix.

  • TG

    Agree with you Brother Christopher. I didn’t know there was a religious group call Brother of Padre Pio. He’s one of my favorite saints. I wish the bishops would also address the dangers of contraception. This is a powerful drug that can kill women or cause serious health issues. I know some women who suffered blood clots and pancreatitis.

  • A Sinner 2

    “America’s Catholic bishops started pressing for adequate health-care coverage for all of our nation’s people decades before the current administration took office.”

    That’s the problem. Instead of promoting health care facilities funded voluntarily and staffed by religious, the bishops happily accepted government money, pressed for more, and never addressed the root causes of the collapse in vocations: a principal contributor to which was their embrace of Caesar and their acceptance of organizations of religious that did the same.

    Now the chickens are coming home to roost. How can anyone be surprised?

  • Br. Christopher B.P.P.

    One of the great disasters of Vatican II was it encourage the religious
    to be more secular. (A part of the world). This was a huge mistake, because
    priest and nuns removed their Roman collars and habits and went out into
    to take on the social issues of modern times. The problem is they left God
    behind. God said “man can do nothing without me.”
    The good news is that new religious orders are on
    the rise. Men and women who actually wear habits
    and love our Blessed Lord. My lay order, The Brothers
    of Padre Pio happens to be one of those orders. And
    we have no problem sending these feminist want to be
    men “nuns on buses” and part time priest on a long road trip.
    The church doesn’t need them or their radical nonsense.
    We need religious who love our Blessed Lord and who are
    interested in saving souls. There I said it!

  • lisag

    AB Chaput, Catholics are awake, but many have fallen for the secular lie of separation of church and state. They are o.k. with government regulations as long as they can go to mass when they want to on Sundays and receive the host. They don’t live their faith in the public arena. In fact they are embarrassed by the Catholic Church’s doctrine of no women priests, no contraception, and no gay marriage. They are embarrassed and tired of the priest scandals and the endless reporting in the press. They have come to believe in the fairness mantra and that the government is the only vehicle to achieve true fairness. That is why many don’t believe in hell, because it is just not fair.

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