If you’re a pro-lifer who has been in this movement for any amount of time you’ve likely grown to respect the Catholic church’s stand on abortion. You may not agree with all their beliefs, but you can’t deny they’ve been a consistent voice for life over this past century.
Currently Catholic leaders are fighting an oppressive requirement from the Department of Health and Human Services, which would force Catholic schools, hospitals and other organizations to provide health insurance to their employees which includes sterilization, coverage for abortion inducing drugs, and subsidized contraception. This requirement backs them into a corner, forcing them to comply and go against their core convictions and religious beliefs or suffer grave consequences. (Read yesterday’s story about this for more detail)
Thankfully many bishops are taking a stand. A version of the same letter written by various bishops of was read in congregations across the country last week declaring they will not comply with this policy. In an online article from “Catholic Online,” Deacon Keith Fournier references a recent address the Pope gave in which he praised America’s founders for their commitment to religious freedom and their belief that Judeo-Christian moral teachings are essential to shaping citizens and democratic institutions. The Pope then warned that the heritage of religious freedoms faces “grave threats” from the “radical secularism” of political and cultural opinion leaders who are “increasingly hostile to Christianity.”