Catholic Online iReport - Allentown, PA rallies for Religious Freedom
People of faith strike back at mandate.
"It's terrible! It has to be rescinded!" said Sister Josanne Huber, M.S.C., commenting on the healthcare mandate thousands and thousands protested at noon, Friday, at federal buildings all over the United States.
The HHS edict could force sisters at Catholic hospitals to participate in deeds which violate their conscience, under threat of law.
Many different faiths joined together to sing, pray and chant, a unified, "No." to what is seen as a government intrusion on conscience.
Sister Josanne represented Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown. Sacred Heart would be one of many institutions affected by the mandate. She is a chaplain at the 233-bed Catholic medical center started 100 years ago by her community, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
"We cannot, we will not comply with this mandate," said The Rev. Scott Ardinger, M.A., S.T.L., pastor of The Incarnation of our Lord Church, Bethlehem, Pa. Father Ardinger was echoing his bishop, The most Rev. John O. Barres, in his letter to the faithful.
"I love being an American," said Father Ardinger. "People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens!"
I am so proud of our bishops," Father Ardinger continued, extolling the unified decry against the health care mandate. "These are our shepherds!"
The crowd roared in support of Father Ardinger's sentiments.
"Such a contentious and insensitive ruling by this administration reflects a grievous disregard for our individual rights so clearly defined in our Constitution and a display of arrogance that should
sound an alarm to all Americans, regardless of party, to denounce such action," said Tom McFadden, a member of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party executive board.Karin Walleasa, a pro-life advocate, spearheaded the rally in Allentown.
Catholics at the rally were joined by people of many faiths.
"I'm a Protestant," Carol Allen of Macungie, PA, proudly exclaimed. "I am concerned about my country," Allen said when asked why she had joined the protest.
"We have a very pro-life parish," said The Rev. Vince Gioieni, pastoral intern at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Bethlehem. Rev. Gioieni offered the opening and closing prayer at the rally.
© 2012, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Rally for Religious Freedom
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Living Faith News
- The Paraclete: The Counselor Who Helps Us Fulfill Our Calling
- Pope Francis calls for change within the Church
- C-section leaves mom fighting for life over dreaded flesh-eating virus
- Pope Francis tells world's leaders to abandon 'cult of money'
- Saint Cyril of Alexandria Reminds Us: The Holy Spirit Helps Us to Live a New Kind of Life
- Women, Behold Our Mother
- Pope Francis canonizes over 800 new saints
- Transubstantiation: Bulwark Defending the 'Is' of Jesus
- GOSNELL GUILTY!
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?