RELIGIOUS WAR? Catholic Bishiops Threaten Civil Disobedience, will they Follow-Through?
It is rare, indeed, for the Catholic Church to jump into the political fray but a recent ruling from the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) may just do it. Archbishops seem to be aligning across the United States over an Obamacare mandate that will force the Catholic Church to provide contraception services, to include aspects of abortion, like the “morning-after” pills.
The fiery response from Catholic bishops seemed to begin when priests all across the country read very strong letters penned by those Bishops, to their congregations, that forcefully denounced the HHS ruling. The tough talk has escalated to the point of some threatening civil disobedience and marching in the streets.
Available for interviews is Chris Slattery, founder of EMC Front Line Pregnancy Centers and active pro-life advocate. While Slattery is supportive of the strong response from these Bishops, he insists rhetoric simply isn't enough. “Catholic Bishops have been very comfortable for quite some time,” he says, “and they don't like to get involved in politics but it now appears that politics are coming after them.”
In 2009, Barack Obama gave a controversial speech at the University of Notre Dame, during which he said: “Let's honour the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause.” Slattery sees that statement in particular as being in direct opposition with what the HHS is mandating today.
“This should outrage every Catholic Bishop and every practicing Catholic,” Slattery said. “Words are no longer enough. It is long past time for these Bishops to organize and become the activists they're commanded to be.”
Another aspect to this controversy involves a letter penned by the Archbishop who leads the Roman Catholic diocese for the Military. While his letter is similar to those written by other Archbishops in its stinging criticism of the new Obamacare rule, the Army has instructed that it not be read aloud by Catholic military priests. This has only caused another firestorm.
Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese for the Military Services, defied the order and had priests and chaplains all over the world, read his letter from the pulpit.
It appears as though the Secretary of the Army has backed down to Broglio. The Secretary, John McHugh, who is also an Obama appointee, has acquiesced in the face of Broglio's insistence that the letter be read, though there was a short excerpt that was not read aloud, the entire letter was printed and made available.
“That,” said Slattery, “is another good sign.”
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ABOUT YOUR EXPERT GUEST CHRIS SLATTERY:
Chris Slattery founded Expectant Mother Care, also known as EMC FrontLine Pregnancy Centers, in 1985 in Manhattan. EMC has grown to 12 office locations, including Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Hudson County NJ. Chris was honored with the “Champion for Life” award, a pro-life tribute, from John Cardinal O’Connor, and had the privilege of being the Confirmation sponsor of the famous Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the producer of the acclaimed videos, The Silent Scream and Eclipse of Reason.
Chris opened NYC’s first full-time crisis pregnancy center locations, and quickly implemented on-site clinic care with ultrasound and full pre-natal care programs, 26 years ago. He did this to supplement the main work of crisis pregnancy counseling. EMC’s counselors have served more 110,000 girls and women since they opened, and have saved more than 40,000 from a certain abortion in that time. Thousands have turned to abstinent lifestyles as well. They provide one-on-one friendly counseling and, in many locations, on-site medical care, in addition to referrals for adoption, housing and legal aid, and material supplies for mothers and babies.
Chris has been sued by two NY State Attorney Generals, Robert Abrahms and Elliott Spitzer, the former Governor (D) of NY, as well as by numerous abortion mills. He also recently won a quick settlement of suit filed against a major NY abortion mill chain for their deceptive advertising in the Yellow Pages. Chris has been a pro-life leader for more than 30 years—organizing Operation Rescue in NYC, prayer vigils, protests at Planned Parenthood conferences, board meetings and abortion sites, Marches, Life Chains, Truth Tours, training sessions, conferences, press conferences, and lawsuits against his opponents.
Chris has been leading the charge against Bill #371 in the NYC Council to regulate pregnancy centers with onerous unconstitutional speech regulations.
Chris has granted thousands of TV, radio and print media interviews with local, national and international media in the past 30 years.
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