Monday, January 30, 2012

The Bishops' Statements on the HHS Mandate

CatholicVote is updating a list of Bishops 'speaking out' against the HHS Mandate. As of today, 93 of them have made statements that range from a dog and pony show to the legitimate leadership of a crusade.

You have a statements like O'Malley's that says he is disappointed and moves right along to his next blog item.

Then you have statements like Lynch's, that go a little bit further, saying we should delay implementation of killing children, spiritually abusing women and collaborating with the loss of their salvation until all legal avenues have been exhausted.

Are these people serious?

The statements of these two men, and those like them, are unacceptable. A crock of crap.

They are collaborators, and are either a coward or a liar. Their statements do not belong on a list of men of conviction any more than a link to Carol Keehnan's absurd remark that she is disappointed.

Let us not applaud the asinine. Talk is cheap.

Scroll the list. The only Bishops who are serious and sincernke, are the Bishops who are saying we can't and won't follow this law.

We can't cooperate with this.

We don't kill people because the government says we must. Moreover, it's less serious to carry out an execution,than to be the parties giving the tools to uncatechized and distraught women so they can harm themselves or their children. Any bishop who believes they are not the

These are men who should prefer execution rather than cooperate with this spiritual vortex.

At the end of the day, the onus is not on Catholic lay people to "oppose it". It isn't on Congress. The only people who can stop it are the bishops. Our crusade is to pin it on them. Hold them accountable.

Here is a statement with the conviction of a bishop

"We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree. Like the martrys of old we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment."

Amen to all that. Let it be done to us according to His Word.

Open up the book of revelation. Read where we are going. It is unraveling right before your eyes.


Jack O'Malley said...

The statement of Bishop McManus of Fall River was much stronger.


I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.

We cannot and we will not comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom.

I added Bishop McManus' name to Tom Peters' list.

Rhode Island Catholic had a blistering statement but I'm not sure it qualifies as a bishop's letter or bulletin insert. It would certainly reflect Bishop Tobin's view I would think.

Anonymous said...

Bishop McManus is the bishop of Worcester.

Jack O'Malley said...

Thanks for catching the typo, anonymous. I reported McManus correctly as Worcester at Tom Peters' site.

I also checked Bishop Coleman of Fall River but didn't find a statement on that site.

Maria said...

Unfortunately, Bishop Dolan must also be added to the list of those "disapointed".

He said: "While I appreciate his courtesy Friday morning to give me a call with the somber news, I had to tell him I was terribly let down, disappointed and disturbed.”

Maria said...

In an article at the Vatican Insider the following was stated:

Leading the “crusade” is the new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez who has publicly called for a general outcry by believers against the new regulations with which the White House, U.S. in the opinion of the U.S. episcopate, “violates non-negotiable principles.” The Curia explains that “Mgr. Gomez is Hispanic and was given his position by Pope Benedict XVI because he is part of the new line of U.S. bishops that are in line with the Pope.” He is the leader, therefore, of those “creative conservative” prelates with which Benedict XVI is filling U.S. dioceses. “A conservative bishop for Los Angeles,” was the headline printed in U.S. newspapers when Archbishop Gomez was designated as successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony in April 2010.

The choice of the Mexican, Gomez as archbishop shows discontinuity with previous choices.A member of the Opus Dei, it is significant that the Holy See has left him in command of the offensive against the “morally unacceptable” decision of the Obama administration."

Is he leading or am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

Bishop McManus leads prayer at the Worcester 40 Days for Life.
Is it really true that Cardinal O'Malley will not participate in the Boston 40 Days? If so, why has he been appointed head of that USCCB pro-life committee?