President Obama Picks on Catholics – Will This be His Undoing?

Ed Farnan – The Catholic  Church is the Church built on the rock of Peter. It is the cradle of  Christianity and the wellspring from which all sects of Christianity have sprung  for almost 20 centuries.

No stranger to enemies, it’s earliest believers  are enshrined as martyrs.  Those faithful ones died for their beliefs, rather  than bend to powerful government leaders by renouncing those tenets. Many  forces have assaulted the Church over the centuries and many have  failed.

Today the Church has a new, powerful enemy of its core  beliefs banging at their gate, President Obama. In his rush to implement the highly  unpopular Obamacare legislation before the Supreme  Court rules on its constitutionality, President Obama has decided to frontally  assault the Catholic Church.

He  is trying to force the Catholic church  to pay for abortion procedures and contraception devices for any of its female  employees.  Obama decreed that these are women’s  “health rights” and should be provided free of charge by the Catholic  institutions.

Never mind that these services are already widely available throughout the United States and  most of this is already provided free of charge to those that cannot afford it.   Obama wants to force his ideology upon the church and make them provide services  they are spiritually and morally opposed to.

It was a direct punch in the  face to the Catholic religion and a basic assault on most of Christianity who  agree with the right to life philosophy.

Of course, the President  appeared to back track on his attack a few days later, with his late Friday  announcement that the Church itself wouldn’t have to pay for these services, but  their insurance companies would have to.   Anyone with an IQ above room  temperature knows this doesn’t change anything.  The insurance companies will  just increase the  premiums on the church to cover the expense of these new  imposed “benefits.”

The President’s “accommodation” towards the Church is  all smoke and mirrors and Church leaders know it.  They are not happy that these  government impositions will be forced upon their institutions.

Other  religious organizations have now stepped up to stand next to the Church, which  many see as a separation of church and state issue. President Obama has drawn a  line in the sand, it is going to be his way or the highway and he is marshaling  his forces in the media to get his way.

Yet, no matter how grandiose or  powerful President Obama thinks he is, he should take a moment to examine where  he stands in the whole history of this Church.

The Church has been around  for almost 2,000 years, and in spite of some of its present day problems, it is  a powerful spiritual and institutional force.  The United States has been in  existence for just about 235 years and under Obama’s  leadership is in decline.

President Obama has awoken the sleeping giant.   If I was a Vegas odds maker, my money would be on the  Church.

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Mikel Moore
9 years ago

I reject the author’s notion that the Catholic church is the cradle of Christianity. Christianity existed for hundreds of years before the Nicene Council established what is now the Catholic church and then the Catholic Church used temporal power to quash the sects with which they disagreed. With Roman Imperial power behind them, soon they were the only sect left standing. The cradle of Christianity is Jesus Christ, not the foreign nation of the Vatican City.

You fail to differentiate between a religious organization which is not required under the ACA to provide this service and conflate it with organizations which perform a public service, employ non believers and accept taxpayer money under the auspices of a religious organization. Do you think that an organization should be able to follow the beliefs of say, Jehovah Witnesses, and seek to have blood transfusions stricken from their HC coverage because it goes against their religious beliefs? Wouldn’t we be better to permit things with which we disagree and use the leverage of the pulpit to encourage proper execution of belief instead of denying the freedom of a non-believing employee of a Catholic hospital to gain access to a legal medical treatment?

Abortions are excluded from coverage in the ACA, as proposed by Republicans and accepted by Obama and implemented as an Executive Order, so you are misinformed.

Since 2000, the EEOC has interpreted the 1964 Civil Rights Act as requiring equal coverage of contraception and the courts have consistently supported it, and President Bush never opposed this governmental position. Even if this portion of the ACA is removed, we’ve been moving in this direction for a dozen years.

@ Chet–The Christian Socialist who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance did not find socialism an enemy of the Church or religion in general.

9 years ago
Reply to  Mikel Moore

You actually sound like a doofus. Did you not know that Peter was the first of the heads of the Christian Church. Catholic only means universal. The origins of the Church has nothing to do with the issue of the state not establishing a religion or the rules that a religion must abide by.

9 years ago
Reply to  Mikel Moore

There are no Christian socialists. The state is their god.

Fr. Jack
9 years ago

As a priest I would like to point out that while Obama is on the wrong side of Church teaching on abortion and contraception, his opponents tend to be on the wrong side of Church teaching on health care, immigration, welfare, immigration rights and capital punishment. The Church has declared health care a right, etc.
The Church is not more Republican than Democrat

9 years ago
Reply to  Fr. Jack

Fr. Jack,
As a Catholic I would like to point out that Obama is on the wrong side of Church teacing on almost every level. Put his actons along side of the Ten Commandments and see how he compares. Socialism is the enemy of the Church and religion in general. Neither is there a place in socialism for freedom and liberty or for people who beleive in them. Socialism is for the living dead who are content to be totally controled by a select few. As a priest and as a citizen, your right to stand and express your views on all the items you listed will be nothing more than a fond memory and doing so will get you listed as an enemy of the state. Socialism is one small step away from comunism. I for one have no desire or intension of living in the United Socialist States of America.

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