Monday, February 6, 2012

Catholic Military Chaplains Forbidden to Read Letter From Archbishop To Flocks

Yesterday, Catholic Priests throughout the nation read out a letter to their congregations at the conclusion of Sunday services. The letter requested that individual Catholics contact their representatives and notify them that they do not support the provisions of Obamacare that require all employers that will be providing health insurance to their employees ( Note that Obamacare also forces employers that meet certain criteria to provide insurance in the first place) to include coverage for abortions and such. I heard the letter read at the end of mass yesterday.

The only problem with this was that the military leadership ordered Catholic Chaplains to refrain from reading the letter to their congregations. This is not the first time that our servicemen have been kept ignorant of the truth - note that ommissions in military training courses of the place of violence in Islamic thought is currently the norm.

Some Chaplains did their job, which in this case was not so much to read the letter but to violate a direct order. Note that, as we found out in the Nuremberg Trials, "I was following orders" does not work as a defense if the order is inherently wrong.

Well, the Catholic Church is sort of known to be a major player in the pro-life movement; indeed, at the time of Roe v. Wade, she was pretty much the lone voice on this issue as the bulk of the Protestant world sat on their collective hands. The Church in the US finds herself at a crossroads. She can cave in to this and help with the slaughter of the innocents (And the continued victimization of young girls)  and consequently lose what is left of her credibility, or prepare for Church leaders to face all sorts of criminal charges and civil lawsuits.

I hope that the Church stands her ground and remembers the instruction "do not fire unless fired upon".

My understanding is that the Church in the US lent moral support to Obamacare from the beginning. The leaders of US Catholics, not known for being right-thinking people in general, really shot themselves in the foot on this one. Maybe reading the bill before supporting it would have been a good idea.

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