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An organization that encourages Catholics to participate in the public arena and promotes protections of “three non-negotiable principles” is warning that faithful members of the church will be tested in November.
Catholics Called to Witness has released a video that explains what it considers the fundamentals addressed in the coming election: marriage, life and freedom.
The presentation mentions no politician and calls for no specific action but clearly targets the policies of Barack Obama, citing his Department of Health and Human Services.
On its website, the group calls out the DHHS for the implementation of Obamacare, because of a rule “stating that the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives are mandatory preventative services for women in all health plans.
“This rule included a narrow religious exemption; however, the vast majority of faith-based organizations do not meet the criteria for this exemption. Catholic hospitals, schools, universities, and charitable organizations, for example, do not qualify. Neither do individuals.”
The organization said the reaction of Christians was “swift and united” but the Obama administration’s “accommodation” falls far short because “no … written changes were made to the law.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said at that time, “We did not ask for this fight, but we will not run from it.”
The video explains the church always has counted on the faithful to “stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties.”
Now, “This generation of Catholics must do the same.”
It continues, “This November Catholics across the nation will be put to the test. … Many issues in American require hard word but how do we know if we are building in vain?”
Catholics, the largest single religious voting bloc in the nation, “will have an opportunity to shape the future for our generation … and generations to come.”
“Some issues are not negotiable … the protection of life from conception until natural death, marriage should be reinforced not redefined.
“Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity … Will you vote the values … marriage, life, freedom .. that stand the test of fire?”
See the challenge:
The website notes it draws the “three non-negotiable principles” from instructions from Pope Benedict XVI. And it cites the Bill of Rights guarantee that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“Is forcing religious institutions and religious individuals to purchase that which is morally objectionable to them a substantial burden? Without a doubt, yes it is. As Rabbi Sloveichik testified before Congress: ‘By carving out an exemption, however narrow, the administration implicitly acknowledges that forcing employers to purchase these insurance policies may involve a violation of religious freedom,'” the site explains.
“We have become certain of two things: religious freedom is under attack, and we will not cease our struggle to protect it.”
The organization also explains regarding marriage: “Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of ‘the wedding-feast of the Lamb.’ … God himself is the author of marriage. Therefore, no human being or government can redefine it.”
And on the right to life, Catholics Called to Witness states, “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
Obama has made a priority during his term as president of expanding the availability of abortion and requiring taxpayers to subsidize the procedure. He also has worked diligently to oppose traditional marriage, to the point of having his Justice Department abandon its duty to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.