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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Does Obama Face ‘Open Revolt’ From The Catholic Church?

Does Obama Face ‘Open Revolt’ From The Catholic Church?

“The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government.”

By Dell Hill

It’s not every day that one hears a clarion call to rise up against the government in what can only be described as revolutionary, in terms of its significance, but that’s what appears to be happening...and that clarion call is coming from one of the most powerful groups in the United States - the Catholic Church.

Cliff Kincaid, writing at Canada Free Press, offers this analysis of the sermon he heard this past Sunday.

“My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines.  In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead.  What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented.  The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government.  He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.

The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.

At a time when the media are full of reports about who is ahead and behind in the polls, and who will win the next Republican presidential primary, this incredible uprising in the Catholic Church is something that could not only overshadow the political campaign season, but also may have a major impact on the ultimate outcome—if Republicans know how to handle it.  This matter goes beyond partisan politics to the growing perception of an unconstitutional Obama Administration assault on religious freedom.  To hear the Catholic Bishops and Priests describe it, our constitutional republic and our freedoms hang in the balance.

The administration claims there is a religious exemption in the mandate, but the bishops say it is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities and service organizations that help millions every year.  “Ironically,” they say, “not even Jesus & his disciples would have qualified.”

The bishops go on,  “Now that the Administration has refused to recognize the Constitutional conscience rights of organizations and individuals who oppose the mandate, the bishops are now urging Catholics and others of good will to fight this unprecedented attack on conscience rights and religious liberty.”

Interestingly, The Washington Post, as Father Swink indicated, agrees with the bishops.  The paper said, “In this circumstance, requiring a religiously affiliated employer to spend its own money in a way that violates its religious principles does not make an adequate accommodation for those deeply held views.  Having recognized the principle of a religious exemption, the administration should have expanded it.”

So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church?  There are two main reasons. (1) The administration wants to please its progressive and feminist, secular pro-abortion base.  (2) The administration believes Catholics are divided on the issue and will ignore their leaders and follow Obama.”

Read the entire post by clicking right here.

To expand even further, this is what Michael Gerson wrote concerning this toxic topic:

“The president had every opportunity to back down from confrontation. In the recent ­Hosanna-Tabor ruling, a unanimous Supreme Court reaffirmed a broad religious autonomy right rooted in the Constitution.  Obama could have taken the decision as justification for retreat.

And it would have been a minor retreat....

But the administration insisted that the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Hospital be forced to pay for the privilege of violating their convictions.

Obama chose to substantially burden a religious belief, by the most intrusive means, for a less-than-compelling state purpose — a marginal increase in access to contraceptives that are easily available elsewhere.  The religious exemption granted by Obamacare is narrower than anywhere else in federal law — essentially covering the delivery of homilies and the distribution of sacraments.  Serving the poor and healing the sick are regarded as secular pursuits — a determination that would have surprised Christianity’s founder.

Both radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama’s decision — an edict delivered with a sneer.  It is the most transparently anti-Catholic maneuver by the federal government since the Blaine Amendment was proposed in 1875 — a measure designed to diminish public tolerance of Romanism, then regarded as foreign, authoritarian and illiberal.  Modern liberalism has progressed to the point of adopting the attitudes and methods of 19th-century Republican nativists.”

Dell’s Bottom Line:

Obligatory Disclaimer - The publisher of this blog is Catholic and is very concerned about the future of this country.  A future that, at present, looks extremely bleak.

At the risk of receiving a very unpleasant visit from every federal agency that carries a badge, this report is published here as an honest and independent view of an event that has already taken place.  I too have heard and read very similar words over the past few months and this issue is but one of several being spoken of seriously and out loud.

It has been seriously suggested that President Obama was in the process of creating internal chaos in this country so that he could then declare martial law, suspend the November elections and assume a dictatorial position.  The very thought seemed preposterous.  However, this series of events would tend to support such a prediction.

The very thought that the President of the United States would knowingly inspire a religious group as large as the Catholic Church to consider a revolt against the entire government is just beyond me....way beyond me.

This man must be stopped politically on November 6th or sooner by way of impeachment, if necessary, before internal strife tears this country apart.

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