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Where are the Women?

April 13, 2013

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Mary anoints Jesus’ feet.

 

During the conclave I happened across a group of protesters outside of the Archdiocesan Chancery office.  As I was leaving the Cathedral parking lot, I noticed a woman parking her car.  She paused to pull a sign out of her trunk.  I watched in amazement as this woman took advantage of the free parking in the Cathedral parking lot (Intended for visitors to the Cathedral) while she took the opportunity to stand in some sort of protest against the Catholic Church.   Talk about taking advantage of Christian hospitality.  I would have towed her car!

As I left the lot and took a look at the signs they were carrying. They said, “Hey Cardinals, where are the women?”  I almost pulled over my car, jumped out and said, “I am right here!”

 

There are so many things wrong with this scenario – I felt compelled to set it right.

  1. First off – there is no Cardinal inside of the building they were protesting.  Just our Archbishop.
  2. If they took the time to check – they would find out that Archbishop Nienstedt has more women in his Cabinet (roughly equivalent to a board of directors) than most Fortune 500 companies.  These are strong woman in decision making positions.
  3. The fact that women are not ordained  in no way diminishes the role of women in the church.  Priests have a certain role in God’ s plan for the Church just as married couples, single people, religious orders and yes – women!

If you haven’t ever read Pope John Paul’s letter to women, you can find it here.  When I first read it I was able to realize that being a Catholic Feminist (In the context of the new feminism – much like the new evangelization) is not an oxymoron.

Pope Francis even dedicated his first Wednesday audience talk on women in the church.   http://www.news.va/en/news/audience-the-fundamental-role-of-women-in-the-chur

As the Pope notes, the first witness of the resurrection were women.  In fact Jesus and the founding Fathers of the Church elevated women in a way that was unprecedented in their time,  Christ spoke to the Samarian woman, had women disciples, and the early church was supported by women. Besides the more familiar names of Mary, Martha and Mary Magdalene, check out Pricilla and Lydia, the maker of purple cloth. Women have shaped the church from it’s origin.

Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources. – Luke 8:3

Let’s not talk of ancient history only.  Throughout the history of the church we have many women who have served the church.  The list of saints are full of them.  Four  women are considered Doctors of the Church (This is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that the writings and preachings of such a person are useful to Christians “in any age of the Church.” Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings.) Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen.  All of these saints are models of women in the Church. These aren’t wimpy women.  They all faced hardships of their times and helped to shape the Catholic Church we know today.

Let’s move on to present day.  Women have been aiding the mission of the Church locally and in a very tangible way through the work of the Council of Catholic Women.  This year they celebrate 81 years of service to the Catholic church.  Check out the topics at their convention in May – Be the Voice of Catholic Women.

I couldn’t talk about women in the church today without mentioning one of my heroins: Helen Alvare.  Here is her Bio:  Professor of Law at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches and writes in the areas of family law and law and religion. She is a consultor to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council for the Laity, a consultant for ABCNews, and the Chair of the Conscience Protection Task Force at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. She co-authored and edited the book, Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak For Themselves. Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University and her master’s in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America.

In addition to the credits above she started the movement “Women Speak for Themselves.

I was blessed to hear her talk recently for the Siena Symposium.  Instead of me trying to share her wisdom and spirit – see it for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYM-FbOU5Hw&feature=share

She reminds me that women can have it all.  If we know what “all” means.

Like I said – She is my hero!

I hear there is a “Women’s Argument of the Month Club coming soon.  The idea is women getting together to learn and discuss what it means to be a Catholic woman.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Catholic Faith Formation more information can be found here.

So in answer to the question posed on the protest signs; “Where are the women?”  My answer is: “We are right here!!”

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A Contraception Quote and Broadcast from Archbishop Fulton Sheen…

July 12, 2012

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen is on the fast track to sainthood. This dramatic and humorous man might possibly become the first male American-born saint. The Vatican recognizes his heroic virtues and recently granted him the title “venerable.”

“Life is Worth Living”

Known as the “Patron Saint of Media and Evangelization,” Verable Fulton Sheen broadcasted a radio show called “Catholic Hour.” From 1951-1957 he hosted a television program titled “Life is Worth Living” which was watched by millions and won an Emmy. He brought Catholicism into the family rooms of the faithful always signing off with, “Life is worth living!”

This media pioneer lived and worked most of his life in New York. He died in 1979 at the age of 84. He truly helped the human race embrace life. The Catholic News Agency stated in an article, “Sheen’s work has helped create 9,000 clinics, 10,000 orphanages, and 1,200 schools. The institutions his donations support now educate 80,000 seminarians and 9,000 vowed religious.”

An Interesting Quote:

I found this statement by Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the July 8 bulletin from the Church of Saint Charles in Bayport, Minnesota (Fr. Mark Juettner is the pastor):

“The root principle of birth-control is unsound. It is a glorification of the means and a contempt of the end; it says that the pleasure which is a means to the procreation of children is good, but the children themselves are no good. In other words, to be logical, the philosophy of birth-control would commit us to a world in which trees were always blooming but never giving fruit, a world full of sign-posts that were leading nowhere. In this cosmos every tree would be a barren fig tree and for that reason would have upon it the curse of God.”

His Broadcast on Contraception:

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(More on Venerable Fulton Sheen to come in future posts.)

 

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Sex, Congress and the Catholic Church

April 14, 2012

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WARNING – This may be a PG 13 Blog post.

It seems everybody is talking about contraception these days.   It used to be impolite to speak about sex in public and if you spoke to anyone about contraception, it would be only your most intimate friends. Now it has become the subject of coffee clutches, water coolers, the United States Congress and homilies!

If you haven’t heard about the HHS Mandate click HERE for a primer.

Hurray – it is about time we get this hush-hush topic out in the open and because I love to talk about my faith, I welcome the opportunity to talk about the church’s teachings on just about anything.

The question I get most often from friends, family and strangers is: ” The Bishops are just plain ignorant when it comes to contraception.  Don’t they know that 98% of women in their churches are using contraception? The church should change their thinking on this!”

I first ask them to look into that statistic a little further – how was the information taken?  Does it mean that one time a Catholic woman used contraception once? It certainly doesn’t mean that 98% of the women in the pews are currently contracepting.  – I would maybe need to confirm that with the 80 year old blue haired lady sitting in the front pew – but I am pretty sure she is not.

My reply to the the question is: “Of course the bishops know that a percentage of Catholics are contracepting.  Maybe even 98%.  But 100% of us have gossiped, Probably 99% of us have lied.  How many of us have stolen? Maybe we should change those sins too.  If we are going to change what is considered a sin based on how popular it is – I vote for changing gossip too.  I really like to gossip. It is my favorite sin – lets change it so I can always do it and not have to feel guilty or attempt to change my behavior.”

The thing is – the church knows that we are prone to sin and that is why we have the church’s teachings to rely on to help us hold to doing what is good for us instead of doing what ever feels good at the moment. Yup – The bishops know human nature or rightly Jesus knows it.

But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well. (John 2:24-25)

Even though it feels good – gossiping is not good for me or good for my community. (neither is gluttony but since I write about food sometimes we won’t go into that one just yet)  Likewise, sex without responsibility is not good for us, our community or society as a whole.  The years since the sexual revolution has seen the downfall of marriage, the family and parenting. Sex before marriage has not been a great thing for our society.  Contraception makes it easier to just do what we want without consequences. The church, like a good parent, only wants what is good for us.

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?

Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? (Luke 11:11-12)

Regardless what congress has to say on this subject – the Catholic church will not be handing us (or more likely paying for) a scorpion.

I have spoken to women who have used contraception before marriage or  are possibly in a difficult marriage situation who say to me that they just can’t use Natural Family Planning.  It takes two to tango you know. NFP requires self control – for both parties.  I ask them to read Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and then ask them to tell me that it is not a beautiful teaching. It is important to know the value of what you are throwing away.  You can’t say it is not beautiful, because it IS a beautiful teaching and in a perfect world we all would be living it ALL of the time.  Instead, people want the church to change it’s thinking from this beautiful teaching and recognize human nature and let us do what we want instead of holding us to a higher standard.

And – maybe like myself and my favorite sins – some people can’t follow this teaching successfully.  Or maybe they can’t YET.

That brings us to the real beauty of our church.  Because Jesus knows human nature – he gave us this beautiful gift.  The sacrament of confession.  As Mother Theresa said “We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful.”

So once a month or so – I head into confession and confess many of the same sins over and over again. It occasionally seems futile, but the grace of that sacrament produces a miracle. Little by little – my behavior changes (I hope) to comply more and more to God’s will for me.  And maybe someday – in a perfect world – I will be living it all of the time.

I think they call that place Heaven…

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Kalley Yanta Speaks Candidly to Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood

March 28, 2012

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The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, asked women to speak out about access to the new women’s birth control benefit. Former news anchor, Kalley King Yanta, answers Ms. Richards’ invitation by letting her voice be heard via You Tube–and boy, does Kalley speak the Truth!

In the video, she explains that the pill does not allow a female to embrace life because of the side effects it has on the lining of the uterus (see second video below). Kalley is very honest about what birth control did to her during what she calls her “Prodigal Daughter Years”–a time when she made unhealthy choices. She bravely states, “It enabled and prolonged my promiscuous lifestyle…until I finally woke up and learned the truth about how the pill works.”

I agree with the comment made by sulu80:

“BRAVO!!! Thank you for your candor and your courage to stand up against the most evil “health care” institution in the world! Thank you for finding your voice and shooting straight from the hip. We need to also pray for the women Cecile Richards exploits. God bless you!”

Another viewer has a good point:

“She is trying to alert women to a medical fact: the pill causes intrauterine death of the conceived child. Most women do not realize this. It is not a religious belief, it is a scientific medical fact that you don’t want to deal with.”

Unfortunately, not all of the comments are positive, however (and the ones I list below were the “clean” ones):

“Kalley smells like a shitty diaper.” (By jongalbreath) and, “Stay out of my lady parts.” (Unknown)

Which brings me to the following reply with which I must agree:

“Man, it saddens me to see the vile comments made here, presumably by those who wave the flag of tolerance continuously. Whatever happened to civility?”

And lastly, ignatius814 stated:

“This is fantastic! Cecile, I’m still waiting for you to post your reply here.”

Watch the video!

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View this educational video about the pill and learn how it is an abortifacient:

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(Please read my other blog about Kalley Yanta’s video series on marriage between one man and on woman by clicking here.)

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Do 98 percent of Catholic women use contraception?

March 6, 2012

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Nope.

Let’s set aside the fact that the statistic has absolutely no relevance to the contraception mandate debate. It’s an unsettling number and most hearing it will recognize that something is wrong. I can’t think of the last time that 98% of anyone did anything.

The original White House statement was this:

According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, most women, including 98 percent of Catholic women, have used contraception – Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council

Which naturally degraded to statements like this:

98 percent of Catholic women, I am told by all of you (reporters), use birth control to determine the size and timing of their families. So again its a women’s health issue. – House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Just a quick glance at the people walking into Mass will tell you that can’t be true.

After looking at the study used to come up with this statement (brought to us by the Planned Parenthood-spawned Guttmacher Institute) you can say the following:

Of women who consider themselves Catholic, who are sexually active (in the past three months),  fall into the 15 – 44 age group, and are not pregnant, not postpartum, not trying to achieve pregnancy or not having sex, 98% have at least one time in their lives used contraception.

Washington Post Blogs:

The claim that 98 percent of Catholic women use contraception: a media foul

Have 98 percent of Catholic women used contraceptives? Not quite.

LifeSiteNews:

White House claim that 98% of Catholic women use contraception a ‘damned lie’: Lutheran author

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13 Reasons to have a Large Family

February 26, 2012

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“Lo, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.

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Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (Ps 126:3-5)

Today I wanted to speak to couples who are preparing for marriage and to those who are of child-bearing age:

Have babies. Have lots of babies! Why not be open to the gift of many children and really embrace life to its fullest? Our God is an awesome family planner. Let Him work His miracles–again, again and again.

Sure, it requires enormous sacrifice, but it’s the very best investment you can make. Of course it is costly to raise a large brood, and I don’t mean to understate that fact. It demands a high price in financial, emotional and sweat equity. But as my parents-in-law are fond of stating, “It all works itself out.” They sent seven kids through Catholic schools all the way through Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Notre Dame, and they were able to make ends meet. Each holiday, I witness my father-in-law get teary-eyed when he counts his blessings during Grace. With 41 grandkids and a handful of great-grandchildren, my in-laws are literally surrounded by family, and for this they are truly grateful.

My grandmother also raised seven kids (on a very thin income), and when she was in her 90s she had more visitors than anyone else in the nursing home.  On one of our visits she was laughing because, “All those people who used to tell me how CRAZY I was to have all those babies are now telling me how LUCKY I am!”

But in today’s society?  Even Pope Benedict XVI recognizes that it’s a timeless truth being played out on a different playing field.  He recently said, “Without children there is no future. Families are a witness to faith, courage and optimism when they welcome many children even amid today’s social environment.”  (Remarks directed towards members of the Italian National Association of Large Families on Feb. 15.)

Now, of course there are some couples that are not able to conceive, and there are couples who are blessed with one, two or three bundles of joy, but cannot have more. Perhaps they are being called to build their family through the miracle of adoption. I know people who have  built their families through the gift of a local adoption, or by using an agency from Ethiopia and the Ukraine. Sibling groups in these countries are waiting for a new home.

My husband and I have a ‘quiver full.’ Nine children to be exact. Almost daily we reflect on how happy we are to have a large family. My spouse, like his father, will get emotional talking about how great it is having not only a whole clan of kids, but also a pair of “cabooses” at the end to keep us young. (When I was almost 43 we had twins–eight years behind their seven siblings.) My husband recently told me, “I do not regret having a big family–it’s what I cherish! Sure, we will have to live with old carpet…but it’s all worth it!” We compiled the following list of why the sacrifice was worthwhile:

13 reasons to have a large family

  • You are giving your children the single dearest gift a parent can provide:  SIBLINGS — and only siblings can teach a child early on to identify his/her strengths and weaknesses
  • Members of a large family help eachother learn to be greater. It builds leadership qualities in the siblings
  • A little chaos is good for everybody–it builds character
  • No time for worldly temptations that come between husband and wife
  • All family members in a big clan really appreciate the quiet time they have, even if it comes in minutes (You wont catch me complaining about a delay at the airport–I just get my book out!)
  • In years to come, family crises will be tackled by a whole team, (ask an only child who has to find living arrangements for elderly parents) and family joys will be multiplied.
  • It helps the marriage–couples learn to appreciate the simple things (where happiness dwells)
  • Large families are admired–especially if the kids turned out well!
  • Kids who grow up in big families learn at a young age the art of negotiating for scarce resources
  • Children who come from large families will not be perfect, but they are almost guaranteed not to be spoiled – self-centeredness will be suffocated
  • You will never run out of humorous stories or priceless artwork. The children will never run out of fodder for their speeches and essays
  • After you’ve spent the best years of your life watching band concerts, football games, swim meets, school plays and dance recitals, you can spend your golden years watching more of the same.
  • Empty Nest Syndrome? What the heck is that?

(Thanks again to my mom, Cecelia Mac Donald, for her editing skills!)

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Understanding and Protecting Your Conscience

February 9, 2012

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There is no surgical procedure to remove the conscience. When it is formed correctly, it gives light and life. Photo/Army Medicine Licensed under Creative Commons

If the conscience were an internal organ, I think we’d be able to have it surgically removed. As it is, we can deaden our conscience but I don’t think it’s possible to completely kill it even with the strongest poison.

While I’ve never sought to destroy my conscience I have  tried to silence it now and then. Thanks to my parents and all the people who’ve helped to positively form my conscience since I was a child, I can now recognize what a great gift it is.

While there are always plenty of threats to conscience health, an especially big one is on the horizon, so I thought it would be good to look at what the conscience is, how it’s formed or malformed, and what the Church says about external forces that try to coerce us into violating our conscience.

Our conscience is our “most secret core and sanctuary,” according to the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes. It’s where we are alone with God “whose voice echoes in our depths.” Deep within our conscience is a law inscribed by God that calls us to love and to do what is good and avoid evil. And if our ear is tuned to it, we hear it at just the right moment.

The Catechism states that conscience judges choices, bears witness to authority of truth and welcomes the commandments. By the judgment of reason, we recognize the moral quality of acts we’re going to perform, that we are performing or that we have done. (CCC 1777)

Bl. John Henry Newman put it this way:

Conscience is a law of the mind; yet [Christians] would not grant that it is nothing more; I mean that it was not a dictate nor conveyed the notion of responsibility, of duty, of a threat and a promise … [Conscience] is a messenger of him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us behind a veil, and teaches and rules us by his representatives. Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ.

Like virtues–and vices–our conscience is formed to an extent by habits. We have to learn and practice its interior law. Throughout our entire lives it must be formed and our moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful and formulates judgments according to reason. To make moral decisions, not only must our conscience be formed but it must be informed about the topic.

There are some ground rules for acting in good conscience:

  • One may never do evil so that good may result from it;
  • The Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” (Mt. 7:12, Lk. 6:31, Tob. 4:15)
  • Charity always proceeds by way of respect for one’s neighbor and his conscience: “Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience … you sin against Christ.”

As we exercise our conscience, “there are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it.” (CCC 1756)

When someone ‘s conscience is malformed or when they make errors of judgment in moral conduct, it’s for one of these reasons: ignorance of Christ and the Gospel, bad example, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejecting the Church’s authority and teaching or lack of conversion and charity. (CCC 1792)

If our conscience is formed properly, the Church teaches that we have a right to act in conscience and freedom to make moral decisions. The Vatican II Council Fathers wrote that man “must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters. (Dignitatis Humanae)

We’re obliged by our conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are “contrary to the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29).” (CCC 2256)

The federal government’s mandate that nearly all employers offering their employees health insurance provide free contraception, sterilization and some aborifacient drugs is directly at variance with Church teaching. Not only would this new rule force many Catholic organizations to violate their consciences but also Catholics throughout the country who will be forced to pay through their health plans for the “free” services.

In reference to the Church’s position on contraception, the encyclical Humanae Vitae states:

“Every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of the natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil.

This seems like the right moment to listen for the voice of God in our conscience. As St. Augustine said:

“Return to your conscience, question it … Turn inward, brethren, and in everything you do, see God as your witness.”

 

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5 facts you didn’t know about the new health reform law:

August 20, 2011

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1.  All of us will have to pay for women’s contraception          

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  • On August 1, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated that insurance plans cover contraception. (National Catholic Bioethics Center)
2.  College girls, even at Catholic colleges, are being targeted for free contraception
  • HHS was in such a hurry to mandate free contraception that they WAIVED the standard two-month delay that would have allowed for people’s objections.
  • Why did they do this? Because school starts in August for some girls. Read more here. (www.cardinalnewmansociety.org)
3.  The Amish are exempt from the new health reform law under both the House and Senate bills
  • Some sects are covered by a “religious conscience” exemption, not because they may be opposed to contraception or abortion, but because they object to insurance, and this allows them to opt out of the mandate (Watertown Daily Times).
4. Employers and employees won’t have the freedom to choose a health plan that is in accord with their morals
  • That’s why Cardinal DiNardo and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) want Congress to approve the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Read the news release here.
  • Contact HHS here by September 30 and let them know that conscience should be protected!
5.  Health plans will have to cover “abortion drugs” such as:
  • Plan B–Which prevents implantation of an embryo
  • Ella–Which can destroy an embryo after it’s implanted (Family Research Council) Both of these drugs destroy life, they do not embrace it!
Do you have any facts to add to the list? If so, put them in the ‘comments’ box below. Thanks!
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Pay for People’s Contraception? No Thanks!

July 25, 2011

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Chocolates in the bath keep me sane. I don’t expect the good people of America to pay for my Godivas in order to ensure my mental health, and I wouldn’t want the chocolatiers in Belgium mandated to ship boxes of their smooth truffles to my house lest I go cuckoo. I will pay for this little habit myself, thank you very much.

Jogging keeps me healthy. I don’t expect the good people of America to pay for my running shoes in order to ensure I stay fit, and I wouldn’t want Nike commanded to ship boxes of their Zoom Vomero footwear to my home to make sure I keep exercising. It’s only logical that I should pay for these myself and keep “hitting the road” because that’s what is best for me.

Granted, these habits aren’t controversial, but some activities are– and I definitely don’t want to pay for those! It would weigh heavy on my conscience if I did. It’s outrageous that folks in Washington want to make all of us pay for things that I think individuals should be responsible for themselves (or forego all together!) Do you want to purchase somebody else’s surgical sterilization, prescription birth control, breast-pump rentals, annual wellness exams and HIV tests?

Where is accountability and personal responsibility? Have they flown out the window?

The Catholic News Agency/EWTN News reported, “The health care legislation that was passed in 2010 directed the Obama administration to create a list of preventive services for women that all new health care plans must cover without deductibles or co-payments. In response, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) drafted non-binding guidelines in a year-long review conducted at the request of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.”

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Speaks Out:

“I strongly oppose the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate coverage of three particular practices in almost all private health plans: surgical sterilization; all FDA-approved birth control (including the IUD, “morning-after” pills, and the abortion-inducing drug Ella); and ‘education and counseling’ promoting these among all ‘women of reproductive capacity.’

“The considerable cost of these practices will be paid by all who participate in health coverage, employers and employees alike, including those who conscientiously object to Planned Parenthood’s agenda.

“Without sufficient legal protection for rights of conscience, such a mandate would force all men, women and children to carry health coverage that violates the deeply-held moral and religious convictions of many.  This new threat to conscience makes it especially critical for Congress to pass the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” introduced by Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Dan Boren (HR 1179). I am writing to all members of Congress to urge their co-sponsorship.”

Cardinal DiNardo also stated that the Institute of Medicine committee may recommend mandatory coverage for surgical abortions, if such a mandate were not prevented by law. “Planned Parenthood is ‘celebrating’ the report, and if the HHS implements its recommendations it will violate the ‘deeply-held moral and religious convictions of many.’ ” (CNA/EWTN News)

I am one of those people whose deeply-held moral and religious convictions would be violated if this is implemented; I would be grappling with my conscience continuously because these practices do not embrace life.

Cardinal DiNardo stated in his July 19 news release, “‘The IOM missed an opportunity to promote better health care for women that is life-affirming and truly compassionate.  I once again urge the Department of Health and Human Services to focus on the need of all Americans, including immigrants and the poor, for basic life-saving health coverage – not on mandating controversial elective practices in ways that undermine the good of women and children, the consciences of employers, employees and health plan providers, and the common good.”

Instead of paying for women’s contraception and abortions, I think the Cardinal is correct–Americans would rather their money go toward an indisputable good…Heck, maybe even chocolates and sneakers! Seems like a better “choice” to me.

 

 

 

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