Brothers and sisters, we have to get down on our knees and pray. The Catholic Bishops have taken a firm stand. They’re so upset about our Right to Religious Freedom, a First Amendment right, being taken away from the Church that they’re willing to close down all Catholic institutions rather than back down from this obvious unconstitutional abuse by the Federal Government. According to an article in Catholic Culture.org, the leaders of the Church have been denied their rights by two branches of the Government, The Executive which has obviously brought about this problem in the first place, The Legislative – in the form of the Senate, which has struck down a law which would have blocked the Obama mandate. The Judicial – this seems to be the only option left to the Bishops of the United States in having this mandate declared unconstitutional. If that fails, their only option is to make good on their threat to shut down all Catholic employment of any kind. Let me tell you what we’re talking about here. Part of Obamacare, (remember Nancy Pelosi – Let’s sign it and then we’ll find out what’s in it.) states that all religious employers will have to provide and pay for all forms of contraception to their employees, including the Day after abortion pill, Birth control pill, and all forms of contraception. Well, that’s completely against our Faith belief, our religion. And yet we’ve been told, you not only must do it; you must pay for it or be penalized for it. Well, the Church just can’t do this. So after having struck out with two branches of our government, and being on hold with the third, and after much prayer and consultation, our Bishops have made the decision that rather than compromise our faith and morals, we will have no choice but to close down all Catholic Institutions. What does that mean? Close Catholic hospitals, which is a huge problem. I read this article on EWTN’s website, written by a journalist from Fiscal Times that gives just a few of the statistics of what will happen when the Bishops, who are all united in this, close the hospitals down. The cost of shutting down the hospitals would be approximately $100 Billion dollars. The immediate result would be the loss of 120,000 beds. Can you picture that? You think things are bad now in our hospital system? Think about how it would be if we lost 120,000 beds. The journalist drew statistics from the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Catholic hospitals represent 12.6% of all the hospitals in the United States. 15.6% of hospital admissions, 14.5% of hospital expenses. ($98.6 Billion in 2010) Catholic hospitals employ more than 500,000 people. A closure in the hospitals would cause an immediate surge in unemployment. But that’s not the end of the story. In addition, they’re talking about closing down Catholic schools, universities, newspapers, radio and television outlets like EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, Ignatius Press, Catholic Charities and on and on. There is no way to determine the full extent of the damage that would be done, not only to Catholics, but to Christians as well. Just the income lost from the massive closure of these religious entities is staggering. The unemployment would rise much greater than the 500,000 mentioned above in the closure of the hospitals. So what do you think?
Are the Bishops being unreasonable in their demands that the Federal government keep their hands off our rights to religious freedom? Clearly, the stand they are taking will have a devastating effect on the economy of our country, especially if the Bishops put their plan into effect this year. On the other hand, was it reasonable for the president and senators to trample on our First Amendment rights? I mean, we’ve never had an attack against our religion like this before in this country. And are they willing to stir up this hornet’s nest in an election year? Many people feel that we should just let this go. The reward is not worth the price. We should just appease the Administration, and maybe that will be the end of it. Strangely enough, 76 years ago yesterday, 7 March 1936, Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland, on the strong belief that no one would stop him and he was right. They let it happen. It was just the beginning, but the powers of Europe felt if they just appeased him and let it go, that would be the end of it. Well, we all know how that worked out!!. So what is the answer? The only thing I can tell you for sure is that we have had some very powerful enemies of the Church before, many who went out of their way to try to destroy us, and they’re gone, and we’re still here. We won the battle of Lepanto against outrageous odds by praying the Rosary. We beat off soldiers in tanks in Manila in 1986 by little ladies standing up against them with the Rosary. St. Clare of Assisi was able to turn back an entire army of Saracens who wanted to raid her convent in San Damiano by holding up a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. Josef Stalin asked the Pope how many battalions he had. You know where Stalin is today. Where is the real power? It’s in the prayer. Pray for our Church. Pray for our Bishops. Pray for our country. Then leave it up to God. He’s always in charge. We love you.
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