United States Conference of Catholic Bishops filed to be exempt from Obamacare, considering Obamacare health insurance coverage provides services for abortion, sterilization, and birth control, among other things. Catholic-based institutions, companies, corporations, non-profits do not want to offer health insurance coverage that provides abortion, sterilization, and birth control to their employees. Employees are well informed of their Catholic employers’ religious convictions. Recently, Elise Viebeck, reporting online from The Hill, stated the Ascension Health in Alabama received $202,706, and another location of Ascension Health in Kansas received $165,683 to navigate Obamacare health insurance options including abortion, sterilization, and birth control. In addition, Catholic Social Services with the Archdiocese of Mobile received $20,750 to navigate Obamacare health insurance options including abortion, sterilization, and birth control. These are all Catholic employers. These monies were allocated to Catholic institutions in order to navigate Obamacare. These Catholic entities will join forces with Planned Parenthood to navigate Obamacare offering health insurance coverage that provides abortion, sterilization, and birth control. Was money the reason why Ascension Health and Catholic Social Services opted to navigate the murky waters of Obamacare? These are the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the US. Now they can navigate with Planned Parenthood. Opposites do attract. Fight for religious freedom here. Watch this video on Obamacare. Gotta love the Phil!
Mike Oliver from All Alabama reported that Ascension Health would navigate/advise consumers/ individuals/small employers on the new health insurance options that Obamacare programs provide such as abortion, sterilization, and birth control. Ascension Health a Catholic entity, will review all the programs/options of Obamacare including services for abortion, sterilization, and birth control, which contradicts their moral code of ethics. From Ascension Health website: “In providing this resource, the ethics department has two primary goals. First, this resource page is intended to allow members of Ascension Health and Ascension Health ethics committees to access tools that will aid them in fulfilling their professional duties. Second, this resource page is intended to provide its users with a comprehensive understanding of both healthcare ethics in general and, more particularly, Catholic moral teaching as it relates to ethical issues in healthcare. This second goal, with its emphasis on comprehensiveness, should be considered as an ideal, i.e., always to be sought but not actually attainable. Thus, this resource should be considered a living document that will continually grow and be revised in an attempt to come ever closer to its goal.”
Dr. Susan Berry reported something very interesting on the Breit Bart website. Although she was referring to a different topic, Dr. Berry compared Obama’s speech to Scotland’s Archbishop Gerhard Mueller’s Catholic teachings. Her words: “As is often the case, Obama begins his process of undermining faith, the Constitution—whatever—by speaking to young people, hoping to divide them from those who will hand down the traditions and the culture to them. In truth, it is Obama—not faith or the Church—who is the Great Divider, the promoter of class warfare, envy, racism, etc.”
Yes, Obama found another way to Divide and Conquer the Catholic Church by navigating through our faith waters and dumping garbage. How will Pope Francis respond to this Divide and Conquer? How will Ken Hackett, Vatican Ambassador respond to this Divide and Conquer? How will our US Bishops respond to this Divide and Conquer? How will the collective Catholic Churches respond to this Divide and Conquer? How will the local parish respond to this Divide and Conquer? This is what divides the church and makes the church fall apart. Will history repeat again?
Quotes from Pope John Paul II: (USCCB)
It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice, and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 101
We urge those Catholic officials who choose to depart from Church teaching on the inviolability of human life in their public life to consider the consequences for their own spiritual well being, as well as the scandal they risk by leading others into serious sin. We call on them to reflect on the grave contradiction of assuming public roles and presenting themselves as credible Catholics when their actions on fundamental issues of human life are not in agreement with Church teaching. No public official, especially one claiming to be a faithful and serious Catholic, can responsibly advocate for or actively support direct attacks on innocent human life. [N]o appeal to policy, procedure, majority will, or pluralism ever excuses a public official from defending life to the greatest extent possible. As is true of leaders in all walks of life, no political leader can evade accountability for his or her exercise of power ( Evangelium Vitae, 73-4). Those who justify their inaction on the grounds that abortion is the law of the land need to recognize that there is a higher law, the law of God. No human law can validly contradict the Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (1998), no. 32.
But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 59.
LifeNews, Steven Ertelt shared a quote from Pope Francis: “Human life must always be defended from its beginning in the womb and must be recognized as a gift of God that guarantees the future of humanity,” Vatican Radio cited Francis as saying in a message to mark Brazil’s National Family week.”
Jesus said in Matthew 12:25: But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid to waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand.
PRAYER: Holy Father, please give us the strength and wisdom to correctly choose our battles in life. Human life is precious, unborn, and living. Help us to protect and defend the weakest in our society. Help us to promote peace in midst of constant political and religious confusion. Amen.