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February 16, 2012

CNN: Liberal Catholics challenge bishops on Obama's contraception rule

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CNN's 'religious editor' Dan Gilgoff gleefully writes today that while America's Catholic bishops have criticized the White House's mandate for insurers to provide free contraception coverage to employees, "plenty" of other Catholic groups have endorsed the plan -- some taking swipes at the bishops in the process. Gilgoff's 'exhibit A' is none other than the far-left, George Soros-funded, Catholics United:

"The Catholic bishops and their allies in the Republican Party are increasingly isolated," James Salt, executive director of a liberal group called Catholics United, said in a statement over the weekend supporting the White House's contraception rule.

"The bishops' blanket opposition appears to the serve the interests of a political agenda, not the needs of the American people," Salt continued, e-mailing his group's support for the White House to tens of thousands of Catholics nationwide.

For Salt or any other liberal Catholic (read as 'Catholic Democrat') to make the absurd claim that the Bishops are aligned with the GOP is beyond laughable ... how conveniently they overlook the fact that the Bishops supported Obamacare.

And there's the problem of CNN's 'religious editor' Gilgoff's failure to emphasize the fact that the mandate is a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion and protection of conscience. It is not so much a dispute about birth control (and abortion), but a matter of an assault on freedom of religion and conscience that could as easily be inflicted on any other organization or individual, an assault by the government on the rights of the people. (Democrats are making the ridiculous assertion that the Bishops objection to the mandate is an "assault" on women's "right to choose" (i.e., kill their babies) - skipping over the fact that no such right exists under the Constitution (look for it, keep looking, you won't find it.) As Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles wrote the other day, "People are realizing that if the government denies our fundamental freedom to hold religious beliefs and to order our lives according to these beliefs, then there is no real freedom for anyone."

Nor does Gilgoff mention a fact that I've previously pointed out - a "Catholic Democrat" is an oxymoron. One can't claim to be a practicing Catholic and be a Democrat, because the platform of the Democratic Party supports abortion! (See The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin - Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, Canon Law journal, Periodica De Re Canonica, vol. 96 (2007))

Contrary to the platform of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party supports adoption & abstinence, not abortion clinic referrals. The Republican Party supports the unborn child having a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.

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