Category Archives: Peter L. Hodges Sr.

U.S. government was about to fine EWTN $35,000 per day on July 1st but, Hobby Lobby happened

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Original post from Catholics for America (edited.)

On June 30, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States granted Hobby Lobby a 5-4 victory for Religious Freedom from the ObamaCare Law’s HHS Mandate. Later that day the 11th Circuit Court granted Catholic TV network, EWTN an injunction from the same HHS mandate.

However, EWTN was one day away from being assessed fines of $35,000 per day on July 1, 2014. By this posting they would be fined $105,000 and one full year of fines would total $12,775,000 in fines!

EWTN and many others have taken a courageous stand to defend our Religious Freedoms. Below is a statement from EWTN’s Chairman Michael Warsaw concerning their situation. Their fight is not over:

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Dear Friend of EWTN,

As we prepare to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and celebrate the founding of our nation on July 4th, we celebrate freedom!

In their monumental document, the founders declared an independent nation, throwing off the tyrannical rule that failed to recognize that governments should receive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This restriction of individual freedoms is not just a history lesson, but a reality for American Catholics and others who object to the immoral and overreaching HHS Mandate. The HHS Mandate demands that contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs be provided for by all employers, including those who object to these life-denying practices.

Though we celebrate liberty this July 4th, EWTN and many other organizations are in an on-going effort to fight for the freedom to act according to our consciences. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar for-profit employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. While we rejoice in this victory we know that the fight for EWTN and others goes on.

We are also gratified that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta granted EWTN an injunction preventing the federal government from enforcing the mandate against the Network while we pursue our appeal before the courts. What does this mean for EWTN?  It means that — for the present — we will not be required to pay penalties, up to $35,000 per day, for refusing to comply with the HHS Mandate. This is not a total victory, as we still have not been granted an exemption, only temporary relief. It is, however, certainly a significant step in the right direction!

As we stand for the rights of free citizens, protected by our constitution and endowed by our Creator, we must resist the indifference of the wider culture. We must be steadfast in prayer and hope! When we fight for freedom, we honor the many Americans who have served and died for the cause of liberty.

First and foremost, we must pray regularly that God might bless our efforts and give each of us the courage to stand for truth in the public square.
Second, we should not be afraid to speak openly about our opposition to the HHS Mandate.
Third, we should invite others to stand with us. EWTN and others may be the target of this restriction of freedoms today, but a dangerous precedent is being set to arbitrarily limit the liberty of others.
Finally, we can offer our support to the many individuals and organizations who are on the front lines of this debate, entrenched in court cases around the country.

As EWTN continues to stand firm in our conviction that we should not and cannot be forced by our government to violate our consciences, I thank you for your unwavering support. We have felt the power of your prayers; we have heard your voice added to ours! This 4th of July, please continue to help in this important battle, both through your prayers and your financial support…

Let us recognize, as our founding fathers did, that the right to follow one’s conscience is a foundational principle of a nation free from despotism and tyranny and that these rights come not from the government of man but from the hand of a loving God!

May God Bless You and our country!

Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you to EWTN for their courage.

Help pay for Fr. Kenneth Walker’s funeral expenses

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Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest.  Fr. Joseph Terra was also critically injured in the assault.

Fr. Walker comes from a large family.  So, the travel expenses will be a great financial burden on them.

Click HERE to make a contribution to Fr. Walker’s funeral expenses fund.

All contributions that exceed expenses will be donated to The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP.)

We pray that God, the Creator and Redeemer will grant eternal rest to Fr. Walker, consolation to his family, consolation and recovery to Fr. Terra and consolation to the priests and parishioners of The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Sign the Petition Asking Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’

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Sign this important petition from Catholics for America TODAY by clicking on the link at the bottom.  Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet tomorrow.  So, time is of the essence.  The following post is entitled Petition: Ask His Holiness, Pope Francis to admonish President Obama for persecuting Catholic groups such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ below:

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Friends, below is a petition letter to Pope Francis that we hope you will sign.  We believe it is important that the Holy Father hear from his flock in America about our concerns as Catholic lay persons especially in grave matters.

Your Holiness,

President Obama is trying to force Catholic groups in the U.S. such as the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ to abandon their Catholic conscience and pay for services inconsistent with life and Catholic Church teaching.

President Obama is doing this through his unjust law popularly known by him as ‘ObamaCare’ and one of its directives known as the ‘HHS mandate.’

When President Obama meets with you on March 27, 2014, I humbly ask in the spirit of Matthew’s Gospel that you admonish him for his persecution of Catholic persons, businesses and others of good will who are suffering under his unjust law.

Also, in solidarity with my Middle Eastern Christian brothers and sisters and others of good will, I ask that you admonish President Obama for his support of their political persecutors.

God bless you and be assured of my prayers.

Click here to sign the petition.

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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

87th anniversary of Pius XI’s first encyclical on the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico

Pope ius XIToday, November 18, 2013 is the 87th anniversary of Pope Pius XI’s first encyclical on the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico (by the Mexican Government.)  The encyclical was written in 1926 and was titled Iniquis AfflictisquePope Pius XI’s second encyclical about the persecution of the Church in Mexico was titled, Acerba Animi and was published on September 29, 1932 in response to the horrible effects of Mexican President Plutarco Calles’ (pictured below) anticlerical law.  PlutarcoSalute

Calles’ brutal and murderous actions against Catholics led to the Cristero War.  This war was depicted in the 2012 movie, For Greater Glory.

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Read the excerpted paragraphs from Pope Pius XI’s Iniquis Afflictisque below and click this link to read the entire encyclical:

2. We designedly use the words “the heavy burden of these great evils” for certain of Our children, deserters from the army of Jesus Christ and enemies of the Common Father of all, have ordered and are continuing up to the present hour a cruel persecution against their own brethren, Our most beloved children of Mexico…

8. In the first place, let us examine the law of 1917, known as the “Political Constitution” of the federated republic of Mexico. For our present purposes it is sufficient to point out that after declaring the separation of Church and State the Constitution refuses to recognize in the Church, as if she were an individual devoid of any civil status, all her existing rights and interdicts to her the acquisition of any rights whatsoever in the future. The civil authority is given the right to interfere in matters of divine worship and in the external discipline of the Church…

 

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O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Virginia Catholics: Terry McAuliffe supports the ‘Healthcare law’ that won’t let you keep your health plan as promised

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Terry McAuliffe said the following in support of the Healthcare law that won’t let you keep your health insurance plan as promised. He thinks you are better off:

“President Obama went in, dealt with healthcare… I happen to have been a big supporter of the public option… We are better off today than we were before.”

See the minutes 2:45 of this video where he makes his statements in favor of the Healthcare law that not only won’t let you keep the insurance plan you were promised by the Democratic Party, it forces Catholics to choose between violating our conscience by paying for someone else’s contraception, sterilization and abortifacients or paying fines for non-compliance.

Contraception mandate STRUCK DOWN by U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

A huge victory for religious freedom and conscience today! The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of Francis Gilardi’s challenge to the HHS on the Healthcare law’s contraception mandate.

See an excerpt from the ruling below:

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You can read the entire ruling at this link HERE.  I recommend starting at page 4.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Video: Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance in a video by his staff on WhiteHouse.gov

Linda Douglass Obamacare GUARANTEE 2 blogThe video below busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s in a blog post on www.WhiteHouse.gov right here and both the video and the post are damning!

Notice the last lines of the screen shot above from the blog post:

“For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them.”

The video is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.  She starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.  The White House uploaded this video to their Youtube site on August 3, 2009.

I can’t imagine this video or its blog post staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

Just like the White House’s blog post headline reads, ‘facts are stubborn things.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama ‘guaranteed’ everyone can keep their insurance on a strange WhiteHouse.gov (video)

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This post has been improved.  Click here for a more in depth version.

The following strange video busts President Obama for lying about Americans keeping their health plan if they like it.  This video isn’t just on any website.  It’s on www.WhiteHouse.gov!  It is presented by Linda Douglass, the Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform.

Linda Douglass starts off by talking about misinformation out there right now (on the internet) by giving an example that says Obama wants to eliminate private insurance.  She follows up by saying, “nothing could be farther from the truth.”  She also accuses people of (selectively editing) the president’s words with a computer to “make it sound like he’s saying something he really didn’t say.”

Finally, at minute 1:03 she confidently says, “..here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Oh, but we will show it to you.

See minutes 1:03 to 2:11 in the video below.

I can’t imagine this video staying up much longer.  Make sure to watch it in its entirety and share this post with friends and family who have believed the president has been truthful about ‘everyone keeping their insurance plan if they like it.’

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Obama and Democratic Party knew they would terminate 7 to 11 million individual health plans

obamacare cost up 65%Yes, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party knew that nearly 11 million people (this number might be low) would lose health insurance over their new Healthcare law (aka Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).)

President Obama knew the coverage would be dropped because the regulations in Obamacare are his own as detailed below by this excerpt from an NBC News article and the NBC News (VIDEO) repeats at minutes 1:55 below:

“Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.””

“That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.”

The article then gives two examples where Obama still promised coverage in 2009 and 2012 even though he knew it would be terminated:

“Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.””

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“Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent.  And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.””

Democratic Party, House minority leader, Steny Hoyer admitted they knew people would be dropped but, persisted in defending their false statements:

“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.”

and

“I don’t think the message was wrong.  I think the message was accurate…”

Next November 2014 we will discover if the Democratic Party can pull off their grand deception:  gaining seats in Congress by hailing the Healthcare law.  Will the people of the United States punish the Democratic Party for lying to them about the Healthcare law that costs the people too much, doesn’t work and cannot be fixed?

Will the people who are members of the Democratic Party recoil at the lies of their Democratic politicians and refuse to vote for them or leave their party?

The people may have a chance to show President Obama and the Democratic Party their shock toward such a bad government program next Tuesday November 5th.   This chance is the rejection of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe;  A big supporter of the failed Healthcare law.  The Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli filed the first lawsuit challenging the Healthcare law.

As one of the Democratic Party’s Healthcare law supporters, McAuliffe finally is proven to be a manipulator of the people.  While Cuccinelli is proven to be the people’s defender.

Maybe the people of Virginia will show us the way by rejecting a deceptive false-leader like McAuliffe and rewarding a true leader like Cuccinelli.

Catholic Sisters file suit for being forced to break their vows under Healthcare law (video)

Sr. Mary Bernard LSPThe Healthcare law (PPACA, aka Obamacare) has many victims.  One of the law’s mandates, known as the “HHS Mandate” requires the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs for its employees.  A law that forces Catholic sisters to break their vows to Jesus Christ is a bad law.  A law that must be repealed.  Until the time for repeal arrives politically, the sisters will have to fight by filing suit to save their ability, ” …to live for Him (Jesus) and for Him and the elderly.  That’s our life,” says Sister Mary Bernard in the video below.  Sister Mary Bernard (pictured above) also weeps as she describes how the Sisters’ see Christ in the elderly and bring Christ to them through themselves when elderly in their care pass away, “…and when they finally find the hand of God…  You know they’re there…  It’s a happy moment…  I’m crying.”

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The Democratic Party and President Barack Obama consider the Healthcare law to be their signature achievement.  An achievement that separates Jesus Christ from those who are vowed to Him is no achievement.

Watch the emotional video below from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty about the Little Sisters plight.  After watching the video, read the Becket Fund’s press release from September 24, 2013 about the Sisters’ class-action lawsuit.

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Press Release and its link:

Little Sisters of the Poor seek protection from IRS fines for following their vows

For Immediate Release:  September 24, 2013
Media Contact: Emily Hardman, ehardman@becketfund.org, 202.349.7224

Washington, D.C.,  — Today, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of Sisters dedicated to caring for the elderly poor (see video).  Without relief, the Little Sisters face millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees free access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.  The Little Sisters are joined by their religious health benefits providers, Christian Brothers Services and Christian Brothers Employee Benefits Trust, and a class of other religious organizations facing similar fines, in the first class action lawsuit against the Mandate.

The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international Roman Catholic Congregation of women Religious founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan.  They operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide loving care for over 13,000 needy elderly persons.  Thirty of these homes are located in the United States.

“Like all of the Little Sisters, I have vowed to God and the Roman Catholic Church that I will treat all life as valuable, and I have dedicated my life to that work,” explained Sister Loraine Marie, Superior for one of the three U.S. provinces in the Congregation.  “We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government’s program to provide access to abortion inducing drugs.”

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Although the Little Sisters’ homes perform a religious ministry of caring for the elderly poor, they do not fall within the government’s narrow exemption for “religious employers.”  Accordingly, beginning on January 1, the Little Sisters will face IRS fines unless they violate their religion by hiring an insurer to provide their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

“The Sisters should obviously be exempted as ‘religious employers,’ but the government has refused to expand its definition,” said Mark Rienzi, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for the Little Sisters.   “These women just want to take care of the elderly poor without being forced to violate the faith that animates their work.  The money they collect should be used to care for the poor like it always has—and not to pay the IRS.”

The lawsuit is the first of its kind both because it is a class-action suit that will represent hundreds of Catholic non-profit ministries with similar beliefs and because it is the first on behalf of benefits providers who cannot comply with the Mandate.

The lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Denver.  There are now 73 lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 18 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law.  They recently won a 9-0 Supreme Court victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the attorneys, please contact Emily Hardman, Communications Director, at ehardman@becketfund.org or call 202.349.7224.

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Please share the Sisters’ story.  Forward it to everyone you know.  Though the Democratic Party and its politicians knew that their Healthcare law would violate the vows of religious persons like the Little Sisters of the Poor, surely individual Catholics who identify as Democrats did not want such effects on their religious sisters, nor would they want such a bad law.  Surely, these Catholics never believed their religious sisters would have to choose between obedience to God and obedience to government run by the Democratic Party.

Pray that the sisters will be free to live the Evangelical Counsels of voluntary poverty, chastity and obedience.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Website for the Little Sisters of the Poor:

http://littlesistersofthepoor.org/