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Bishops prepare for largest civil disobedience since the 60s


The United States Catholic bishops are readying American Catholics for what may be the largest campaign of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

In addition to 12 lawsuits against the Obama Administration including 46 plaintiffs from dioceses, hospitals and universities, the US Catholic bishops will urge Catholics to openly defy the Obama HHS Mandate. In June, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will distribute bulletin inserts nationwide, which reference Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his call for civil disobedience in response to unjust laws.

The USCCB bulletin insert quotes “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which Dr. King writes, “I would agree with Saint Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’… A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.  An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

The Catholic bishops also note in the document, “Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.”

The USCCB has organized a two-week campaign called the Fortnight for Freedom, which will extend from June 21st through July 4th to raise awareness about the threats to rights of conscience posed by the HHS mandate. On August 1st, the mandate is scheduled to go into effect.

President Obama indicated at campaign events this past week that despite the filed lawsuits, the administration plans to go ahead with implementing the mandate. “We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control,” Obama said. “We don’t need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. We’re not turning back the clock. We’re not going back there.”

Pro-life organizations have warned that the very same authority used by the HHS Secretary under the Obama healthcare law to mandate insurance coverage of contraceptives and sterilizations could also be used to force coverage of surgical abortions. [More]


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  1. aly says:

    Notre Dame joins in this lawsuit after receiving $$10′s of millions of dollars from President Obama’s administration. Notre Dame cannot have in both ways. Return your money from the ACE program… to Obama or your lawsuit is just meaningless.

  2. Mary Louise says:

    Why don’t you ” rebel -Catholics ” who know how to “RUN” the Catholic Church get the HELL out of it !! Amen !

  3. Hallie Wolfe says:

    My civil disobedience will be to withdraw all financial support of my parish if it goes along with this offensive campaign.

  4. Fr. Mark says:

    If the RC Church’s bishops in the US are SO committed to civil disobedience, perhaps they should forfeit their tax exempt status and make a real statement!

  5. Mary Louise says:

    “Right-on”!!! Catholic Bishop’s of this Country,U.S.A. – legally killing your babies !!We have to do “all” within our human power to come to their defense. At this point Mr. President has drawn the line in the sand and we are crossing it which will mean civil disobedience when the “unjust ” HHS Mandate goes into effect. For those of you who don’t give a DAMN about these “children” sentenced to death and are only concerned about your own/other selfish issues your rights will be next !!

  6. Peggy says:

    Just what do the bishops expect ordinary Catholics to do as “civil disobedience”?! We can and should protest peacefully by writing to our congresspersons and maybe picketing HHS. But “civil disobedience”! REALLY??

  7. GREG SMITH says:

    For some reason, the idea that making a Taco Bell owner provide contraception coverage is in the same league as the oppression of African Americans is very offensive to me.

  8. Louise M. Mancinelli says:

    The civil disobedience should be against the USCCB and Rome. They are the ones imposing “bad laws”. We should let them play their games for who gets the most power, who is the “top dog” and we should get on with what we are doing, i.e;, living and being what Jesus was about.

    • David Tilly says:

      Right on Louise. The male power struggle is a game that is played both within the Church and within our political process.


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