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Monday, September 24, 2012

President Obama, A Clear & Present danger to Catholicism

President Obama: An Opponent Of Catholicism?

By Msgr. Eric Barr
Vicar General, Diocese of Rockford
Step with me into the area of controversy and consider the provocative question of whether President Barak Obama is an opponent of Catholicism and its values. As our government bent upwards and sideways last week to appease the darkness that is radical Islam, apologizing and even going wobbly on the issue of free speech, I thought a bit about how the president and his government is treating Catholics and their views.
For your consideration:
First, abortion rights. Not only is the president a fierce proponent of abortion on demand, he is also for something that should horrify not only Catholics but all people of good will. Not once, not twice, but three times as an Illinois senator, Obama opposed the “Born Alive Infant’s Protection Act,” which stated that babies born after abortions are persons and must be given care. His opposition was a patent endorsement of infanticide — the murder of children. There has never been an abortion restriction that he has endorsed. He is not simply pro-choice; rather, he is an activist in the strongest sense, diametrically opposed to the most obvious moral stance taken by Catholicism.
Second, the humiliation of Cardinal Dolan over the health care act. During a White House meeting between the cardinal and the president, Obama promised the cardinal that he would protect churches and religions and the consciences of those in Obamacare, not forcing them to go against their beliefs in any way. The HHS mandate forcing Catholics and others to pay for birth control, abortifacients, and sterilization in their employees’ healthcare plans showed his promise to be false and the “compromise” he suggested simply doubled down on his belief that the Constitution provides only for freedom of worship (inside church buildings) and not freedom of religion (a broader concept that allows people of faith to act publicly).
Third, his continued prevarication, i.e., lying, about freedom of religion. Just this past Monday, the president made a video on religious liberty. The Hill reports that Obama, “made a campaign pitch to ‘people of faith’ in which he reaffirmed his ‘commitment’ to this value saying, ‘The American people should know this: In a changing world, my commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering.’ ” He goes on talking about protecting people’s consciences — something he has no intention of ever doing. Meanwhile, Obamacare marches on, steamrolling Catholic morality and the First Amendment under its weight. How can that be tolerated by citizens?
These statements and attitudes by the president become even more breathtaking when weighed with the passion and determination the administration has shown trying to soothe outraged Muslims who are not even citizens of our country. The rioting mobs around the world are kowtowed to and the precious sensibilities of their beliefs are put on the front burner even as they kill and harm others. Nothing justifies this peculiar and unreal stance of the president.
But these are the times we live in, when truth is sacrificed for expediency and a hostile stance — we could even call it a hatred — toward religion and Catholicism in particular grows in our country. It’s persecution without rack and pyre, but perhaps those are coming too, if men and women of integrity, regardless of faith, do not stand up for religious liberty.


  • At 3/11/12 11:48 AM , Blogger Rick Fernández said...

    Did you attend Catholic U and TC back in the 80's? If so, then perhaps you'll remember me as a fellow classmate, Rick Fernández. So sad to see you posting this kind of misleading and dangerous rhetoric. Good people can disagree, but it seems that in the civil sphere, you are not comfortable with modernity. This is a secular democratic republic, not a theocracy. Catholics no longer get to dictate how the civil structure is organized. Nor can they seek special rights when they enter into the secular marketplace. There is so much missing from your analysis and it's disappointing to see from someone who should know better.

  • At 8/11/12 2:23 PM , Blogger Al said...

    1st of all, I graduated from Loras College in 1977.
    2ndly, I would remind you that what Msgr Barr said was spot on. Obama is undermining the 1st Amendment with his attacks on the Catholic Church. It was not misleading, it was the truth.
    2nd Catholics are not seeking special rights, just defending the rights the Constitution guarentees them.
    3rdly, some things, like abortion & slavery are intrinsicly wrong. May I remind you it was the Christians & especially the Catholic Church that condemned slavery. In the case of the Catholic Church it was done many centuries before the Civil War. Following your logic,those Christians who were speaking up should have stopped dictating their idea of what the civil steucture should be & we would still have slavery today.
    Finally, if by modernity you mean that anything goes & there is no such thing as sin, you are right, I am not comfortable with a lie straight out of Hell.
    As for knowing better, you are the one who should, not I.


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