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Catholics for America: A new organization to defend Catholic teaching in American society and politics

CFA logo for FBA new organization has been created to engage Catholic laity in the public and political spheres.  Their name is Catholics for America and they introduced themselves today in the social media world.  Be sure to follow Catholics for America on their Facebook page by clicking here and on their Twitter page by clicking here.  You can also Join them and receive emails by clicking here

Catholics for America will need the financial support of lay persons who want our Catholic teachings defended.  To contribute financially to Catholics for America, click here.

Please read and share Catholics for America’s post titled ‘Introducing, Catholics for America’ HERE and below that introduces their efforts to protect and defend Catholic social teaching in the United States:

Today, November 21st, on the Feast of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are pleased to introduce Catholics for America.

What is Catholics for America?

Catholics for America is a not for profit organization whose mission is, “To educate and encourage Catholics in the United States of America to actively support Catholic social teaching and to protect and defend those teachings in the public sphere.”

Why was Catholics for America founded?

Catholic teaching needs protection and defense by lay persons. The Church calls on the laity to be active in politics and society in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 899 and 2442.  Also, on January 19, 2012, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called for the Catholic Laity to become engaged through his address to the Bishops of the U.S.:

*Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) – section 899

899 The initiative of lay Christians is necessary especially when the matter involves discovering or inventing the means for permeating social, political, and economic realities with the demands of Christian doctrine and life. This initiative is a normal element of the life of the Church:

Lay believers are in the front line of Church life; for them the Church is the animating principle of human society. Therefore, they in particular ought to have an ever-clearer consciousness not only of belonging to the Church, but of being the Church, that is to say, the community of the faithful on earth under the leadership of the Pope, the common Head, and of the bishops in communion with him. They are the Church.

*Catechism of the Catholic Church – section 2442

2442 It is not the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life. This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens. Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church. It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.”

*Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON THEIR “AD LIMINA” VISIT, January 19, 2012:

“… 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… 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.”

Catholics for America will help the laity to engage in the public sphere on moral issues central to our faith like; Life, Marriage, Poverty, Labor and Religious Freedom to name a few.

How can you help Catholics for America?

  • Tell your friends about Catholics for America by using the social media sources you use like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
  • Donate $5 or an amount you can afford to the efforts of Catholics for America.
  • Join Catholics for America by signing up for our emails

Please include us in your prayers.

We pray that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit bless our work.

President Obama Excommunicates Catholics from Catholicism and Society effective August 1, 2012

Excommunication, the principal and severest censure, is a medicinal, spiritual penalty that deprives the guilty Christian of all participation in the common blessings of ecclesiastical society.

President Obama has excommunicated Catholics from Catholicism and American society with his new rule on insurance plans paying for contraception, sterilization and some abortion drugs.  We are found guilty of not following his truth. This announcement was made through a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release on Friday January 20, 2012 and it violates the 1st amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” and violates Catholicism.

The President, through HHS even offers absolution from this excommunication if Catholics comply by August 1, 2013.

The President says he will force employers to tell employees where to get contraception and he falsely uses the term “common good” to describe via HHS the work faith-based organizations perform.

Below are some egregious excerpts from the HHS press release:

  • “Today the department is announcing that the final rule on preventive health services will ensure that women with health insurance coverage will have access to the full range of the Institute of Medicine’s recommended preventive services, including all FDA -approved forms of contraception.  Women will not have to forego these services because of expensive co-pays or deductibles, or because an insurance plan doesn’t include contraceptive services. This rule is consistent with the laws in a majority of states which already require contraception coverage in health plans, and includes the exemption in the interim final rule allowing certain religious organizations not to provide contraception coverage. Beginning August 1, 2012, most new and renewed health plans will be required to cover these services without cost sharing for women across the country.”
  • “After evaluating comments, we have decided to add an additional element to the final rule. Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan, will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the additional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation. This additional year will allow these organizations more time and flexibility to adapt to this new rule.”
  • “We intend to require employers that do not offer coverage of contraceptive services to provide notice to employees, which will also state that contraceptive services are available at sites such as community health centers, public clinics, and hospitals with income-based support.  We will continue to work closely with religious groups during this transitional period to discuss their concerns.”
  • “The administration remains fully committed to its partnerships with faith-based organizations, which promote healthy communities and serve the common good.”
  • Click HERE for the full press release from the HHS website. or http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/01/20120120a.html
  • Let President Obama and Secretary Sebelius know what you think of this new rule;  HHS Switchboard Phone: (877) 696-6775

On January 19, 2012.  The day before this new illegal rule was announced, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Bishops of the United States.  His comments were insightful and prophetic of what came down in America the very next day. See some excerpts from this address below:

  • “When a culture attempts to suppress the dimension of ultimate mystery, and to close the doors to transcendent truth, it inevitably becomes impoverished and falls prey, as the late Pope John Paul II so clearly saw, to reductionist and TOTALITARIAN readings of the human person and the nature of society.”
  • “…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.”
  • “The preparation of committed LAY LEADERS and the presentation of a convincing articulation of the Christian vision of man and society remain a primary task of the Church in your country; as essential components of the new evangelization, these concerns must shape the vision and goals of catechetical programs at every level.”
  • “In this regard, I would mention with appreciation your efforts to maintain contacts with Catholics involved in political life and to help them understand their personal responsibility to offer public witness to their faith, especially with regard to the great moral issues of our time: respect for God’s gift of life, the protection of human dignity and the promotion of authentic human rights.”
  • “There can be no doubt that a more consistent witness on the part of America’s Catholics to their deepest convictions would make a major contribution to the renewal of society as a whole.”
  • “Yet in faith we can take heart from the growing awareness of the need to preserve a civil order clearly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, as well as from the promise offered by a NEW GENERATION OF CATHOLICS whose experience and convictions will have a decisive role in renewing the Church’s presence and witness in AMERICAN SOCIETY.”
  • Click HERE for text of the Pope’s full address. or http://email.vervemail.com/ct/24459192%3a5644507882%3am%3a1%3a415784759%3a4327E8970D27442F467006FB45825164%3ar
It is time for all Catholic lay people to rise to the occasion.  The Church is calling us to action.  Presidential candidates must rally Catholics to defeat President Obama.  The President’s actions are totalitarianism at close range and cannot be bargained with.  It must be defeated.  It will be defeated.
President Obama has dared to attempt to slay the Catholic Giant.
But, as President Obama declares Catholicism dead, the CATHOLIC GIANT sits up in his bed.
O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.