Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/7/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Bishops issue statement calling all the faithful to action.

Catholic bishops across the U.S. are calling upon the faithful to fast and pray as part of a renewed campaign to protect religious freedom in the U.S. Since last year's unconstitutional edict was issued from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government has for the first time in American history, jeopardized the religious freedom of all Americans.

Images like this from Catholicvote.org, are being circulated to raise awareness about the threat to religious freedom in the U.S.

Images like this from Catholicvote.org, are being circulated to raise awareness about the threat to religious freedom in the U.S.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/7/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Bishops, faithful, HHS, edict, unconstitutional, religious freedom, fasting, Fortnight for Freedom


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Catholic Online) - The HHS edict requires that employers, regardless of religious conscience, fully fund abhorrent practices that offend their conscience. Those practices include the use of contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients.

Being compelled under the law to finance these activities, religious employers of all stripes are forced to choose between the law of the land, and severe punishment. Those who subsequently comply with the law, may be in grave danger of participating in mortal sin.

A statement from the Bishops calls upon Catholics to pray and fast, abstaining from meat on Fridays. The campaign is also intended to elicit prayers and awareness of other issues including the fundamental right to life and the preservation of marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman.

This comes as more states add themselves to the list of those that artificially redefine marriage to include pairings of same-sex individuals.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone further explained the position of the Church in his statement to the press. "With the challenges this country is facing, it is hoped that this call to prayer and penance will help build awareness among the faithful as well as spiritual stamina and courage for effective witness." Archbishop Cordileone is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

"We also hope that it will encourage solidarity with all people who are standing for the precious gifts of life, marriage, and religious liberty," he added.

The nation needs a time of prayer and fasting possibly more now than ever before. A series of profound setbacks have been dealt to the Church over the past few years. Those setbacks include the election and reelection of a president who some feel is marginally hostile to the Catholic church, the passage of the HHS edict which compels Catholics and others to violate their conscience under threat of law, and the erosion of legal marriage with the notion that any two individuals of the same sex can be married.

Unfortunately for the government, sacraments and rights cannot be redefined, nor be dismissed by edict.

Catholics are therefore called to participate in five specific actions to serve as reminders of this fact and galvanize them to action.

-    Pray the Rosary daily
-    Attend a special Holy Hour on the last Sunday of each month
-    Participate in the upcoming 2013 Fortnight for Freedom
-    Include special prayers for the faithful at every Mass
-    Fast and abstain from meat on Fridays

By participating in these activities it is hoped that Catholics recall just how fundamental religious freedom is to American society and that more become active in protecting it for all.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope: 'God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other' Watch

Image of Pope Francis drinks a traditional South American drink called mate offered by the faithful as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis, addressing more than 12,000 people that had gathered for the pope's catechesis and blessing, touched upon a common human trait that everyone must strive to overcome. The Pope said that while envy, jealousy and cruelty are human instincts, they are ... continue reading


Why Do We Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptizer? Watch

Image of The Beheading of John the Baptizer

By Deacon Keith Fournier

We now refer to this Feast as the Passion of John the Baptizer more often than the Beheading of John the Baptizer. However, given the realities we face in this new missionary age of the Church, the actual beheading rushes to the forefront. We are seeing it in our own ... continue reading


How much power do you really have? More than you think!

Image of YCVF continues to deliver quality learning tools to Catholic students.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Earlier this year, representatives from Catholic Team Global donated a batch of XO Tablets to a humble Catholic school. Now, Catholic Team Global is preparing to do it again with support from its members and valued readers of Catholic Online. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Challenging the just war theory

Image of The horrors of war persist long after the shooting stops.

By Tony Magliano

Is there such a thing as a just war? Can the massive death and destruction of armed conflict ever be morally justified by followers of the Prince of Peace? For the first disciples of Christ the answer was a resounding "No!"During the first 300 years of Christianity it ... continue reading


St Augustine Teaches Us How to Read the Bible Watch

Image of St. Augustine writing

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The Bible is not some-thing, but reveals Some-One. In the words of St. Paul to Timothy, all Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Tim. 3:16) The Greek means God-breathed. They reveal Jesus Christ and our encounter with Him is the heart of what it means to be a Christian. ... continue reading


Spiritual Childhood and Contemplative Prayer Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

One of the greatest joys in this later chapter of my life is an unexpected gift, his name is Noah. He is my grandson. He calls me Poppi. He is seven years old and so very wise. Noah continually confronts me with the utter simplicity, trust, openness and beauty of ... continue reading


How to Avoid Sliding into Pharisee-ism Watch

Image of Christ Before the High Priest, by Gerrit van Honthorst (1590-1656) hangs in the London Museum of Art.  The painting depicts Jesus, standing before the High priest - with His holy hands bound. The Priest, who at the time I thought was a Pharisee, is looking up with an arrogant demeanor and a pointed finger.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

A priest friend once reminded me that not ALL the Pharisees were so blinded by their self-righteousness that they failed to recognize that the One whom they so often sought to correct was God Incarnate. And, of course, he was correct. The Pharisees were a genuine ... continue reading


What every catechist needs but few have

Image of A complete library of books for catechists should feature the USCCB's full collection.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you're a catechist, then you're aware of the importance of your role. You provide the core of Catholic education to our youth and adults who are entering the Church. As such, you are familiar with the teachings of the Church and can probably answer most questions ... continue reading


DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS: Up to 50 Iraqi Christian refugees sleeping in areas the size of bedroom Watch

Image of Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, is now completely empty of Christians as is Qaraqosh, a town dating back to 1,000 years before Christ and inhabited by mostly Christians for 2,000 years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mattresses scattered around church altars. Up to 50 people sleeping in areas the size of a single bedroom. Church grounds dotted with makeshift tents in 105-degree heat. This was just a few of the deplorable conditions a delegation sent by Melkite Catholic ... continue reading


Pope Francis briefed by envoy about deteriorating situation in Iraq Watch

Image of Cardinal Filoni spoke to the Pope last week. The cardinal had just arrived at the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis' envoy to besieged minorities there.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Back from a fact-finding mission on the deteriorating and ever worsening situation in Iraq, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said that Pope Francis "was really taken" by his description of Christians and other minorities who have been forced from their homes in north-western ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 1:17-19
17 'As for you, prepare yourself for action. Stand up ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge, I shall never be put ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:17-29
17 Now it was this same Herod who had sent to have ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 29th, 2014 Image

St. Sabina
August 29: St. Sabina's feast day is August 29th. We know St. Sabina only ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter