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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  A law that must be repealed.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/

Catholic Voters Will Very Likely Determine the Winner of the Presidential Election

Why will Catholic voters very likely determine the winner of the presidential election in 2012?

In presidential elections the winner of the Catholic vote usually wins the national popular vote, the electoral college and the presidency.

Below are the winners of the Catholic vote from the past sixteen presidential elections with the approximate percentage they received (source: George J. Marlin and Michael Barone, American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years Of Political Impact (2006.)

1. 1948 – Harry Truman won the Catholic vote 65%-35%
2. *1952 – Adlai Stevenson won the Catholic vote 51%-49%
3. 1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower won the Catholic vote 55%-45%
4. 1960 – John F. Kennedy won the Catholic vote 82%-18%
5. 1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson won the Catholic vote 78%-22%
6. *1968 – Hubert Humphrey won the Catholic vote 55%-37%
7. 1972 – Richard Nixon won the Catholic vote 63%-37%
8. 1976 – Jimmy Carter won the Catholic vote 56%-44%
9. 1980 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
10. 1984 – Ronald Reagan won the Catholic vote 56%-46%
11. *1988 – Michael Dukakis won the Catholic vote 52%-48%
12. 1992 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 44%-35% (Bush),20% (Perot)
13. 1996 – Bill Clinton won the Catholic vote 53%-37% (Dole), 9% (Perot)
14. *2000 – Al Gore won the Catholic vote 50%-47%
15. 2004 – George W. Bush won the Catholic vote 52%-47%
16. 2008 – Barack Obama won the Catholic vote 54%-45%

* Note: Exceptions were in 1952, 1968, 1988 and 2000.

These statistics show the obvious importance of winning the Catholic vote in 2012. Here are some major issues of our time in the American political sphere; abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, manipulation of the poor, same-sex marriage, violations of conscience, violations of religious liberty, manipulation of the economy, centralized planning, collectivism, socialism, repression of thought and class warfare.

How does President Obama and Catholicism align on the above issues?

• President Obama ACCEPTS them
• Catholicism REJECTS them

The rejection of these issues can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Pope Leo XIII’s, Rerum Novarum paragraph 19. The following graphic illustrates where these issues can be found in the Catechism:

The incompatibility of Catholic teaching with Barack Obama’s positions seems so obvious due to so many contradictory positions that it is perplexing that the Catholic vote could reach or exceed 50% for Obama.

So, why do Catholics consider voting for Obama?

1. False “community organizations” have manipulated too many Catholics to not know the difference between “socialism” and “social justice” by teaching them that private property can be involuntarily redistributed by the government/political authority. Catholicism believes in “voluntary” distribution because the involuntary action is totalitarian and atheistic, as taught by the Church’s rejection of centralized planning/socialism.  For a an accurate reading on “social Justice’ click on Social Justice: Not What You Think It Is.

2. Because Catholic Democrat leaders and others have manipulated Catholic Social Teaching’s (CST) terminology to be euphemisms for socialism. Thus, manipulating Catholic voters to accept socialistic views as Catholic views and thus make them comfortable enough to vote contrary to their conscience and the truth.  They also abuse Church teaching on the death penalty.   Ignoring that the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty in CCC 2267.  See Catholic Democrats, The Catholic Case for Obama.

3. Catholics loyal to and inside the Democratic Party have made plans to use terminology associated with CST in order to manipulate the issues of abortion, war, same-sex marriage, immigration reform, etc. These CST terms are; “Human dignity”, “common good”, “social justice” and “just war.” They will also manipulate the following terms common to Catholics; justice, pro-life, preferential option for the poor, care for the environment, etc. The Democrats use of these terms confuses many Catholics, causing them to vote contrary to their conscience.  See Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats by Michael Sean Winters.  See video of interview with Michael Sean Winters about his book at the “Rumi Forum.”  Winters starts talking about his book at minute 5:40:

What can you do?

Tell Catholics about the misuse of the terminology of Catholic Social Teaching (“human dignity,” “common good,” “social justice,” “justice” and “just war”) and how Barack Obama and his allies manipulate it (For example he/they says that ObamaCare and the HHS mandate promote the “common good.”)  This will have the resultant effect of a majority of Catholics voting a true Catholic conscience in 2012.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.