“… it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion. Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”
“Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”
– Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s (paragraphs 6 and 7) ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON THEIR “AD LIMINA” VISIT (Click for full Address):
When did he say this?
On January 19, 2012, the day before President Obama’s religious freedom crushing HHS mandate was announced.
Why didn’t you know about It?
Most Catholics don’t read the Pope’s letters and the letters are not reported on widely in the media.
Who is limiting religious freedom and denying Catholic individuals and institutions the right of conscientious objection with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices?
President Barack Obama
Do you trust Pope Benedict XVI when he says there are threats to religious freedom or do you trust President Obama when he says there are none?
Your answer here.
What are you going to do about it?
Your answer here.
O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.