I wrote in a previous post that I never thought I would live to see the day where our own government would actively and blatantly strive to take away the rights of American citizens. If any Catholic in the United States believes that the current battle between the bishops and the HHS is directed only to employers, who provide health care insurance to their employees, they would be dead wrong. It's much more than that. This administration is determined to undermine the rights of the American people and this HHS battle is the first major attempt.
This battle that the bishops are now engaging in against HHS will determine how the next battle will be fought. Believe me: there are more to come from Obama and company. It pays to know the enemy with whom you are doing battle and the character of the enemy. Obama is a man that has no respect for the U.S. Constitution or his fellow citizens. He has even less respect for the unborn. This is a man who's lack of character aided him in enacting more pro-abortion initiatives during his first 100 days in office than any other president before him. If you care to read about his 100 hundred days promoting death of the unborn, you can read it here First 100 Days. With this track record on abortion, he will not give in to anyone, especially the Church.
This is a man that opposed a bill which prevented the killing of babies that were mistakenly left alive after an abortion, similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, while an Illinois state senator. He is man that did not want his own daughters "punished" by an unwanted pregnancy, and just the other day, praised abortion on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a way for women to fulfill their dreams.
This man is a narcissist and a liar. He will say and do anything that will promote his agenda. He will back off a controversial issue if it gets too hot, but only long enough to draw closer his intended victim for the final kill. Archbishop Dolan found this out first hand.
This is the kind of man that the bishops will be dealing with. This man considers Christians, especially Catholics as doormats and he has no qualms in walking over their beliefs to get what he wants and he has made that abundantly clear to all America. Obama is ready for a fight. I think he believes he will only get a nominal resistance from the Church and he is counting on this.
Fighting HHS will take courage from the bishops. They must understand that the courage they will need and display against HHS will be contagious. I hope their courage to fight will infect Catholics in America, to the point where they will also do battle side by side with the bishops.
What the outcome of this battle will be, win or lose, is known only to God at this point. Win or lose, no government or person can make us do anything against our conscience, not unless we allow it. Thus it is very important that not one concession be made to this administration, no matter how small. It will be seen as a chink in our armor and will prove to this administration that we are indeed doormats and they will advance against us with even more fervor.
I pray that the bishops are up for this fight and already, I am very encouraged by the condemnations I have heard against the HHS ruling by various bishops. I've been waiting a long time to hear this Catholic unity from our leaders and I hope and pray it continues. What will be important in this first of many battles I see on the horizon, is how it is fought. It must be fought with resolve and courage. It must be fought tooth and nail with no quarter given to this administration. They are not to be trusted in any way, shape or form. They have proven that time and again. Any promise made by Obama will be a promise vowed to be broken.
I hope Archbishop Dolan and all his fellow bishops have learned that lesson. It is imperative that they have. I pray also that the bishops give their flocks the confirmation that our faith is worth fighting for no matter the outcome. We know the final outcome of this world: We have won the war, it is the battles such as this one, that must be fought. If courage is needed by the bishops, I ask them to look around the world and see our brothers and sisters that are being killed because of their faith. If they believed dying for their faith was worth it, then what we are faced with in this country, though important, is a cakewalk in terms of courage. We are not faced with death yet, but to cede our Catholic consciences to secularism. If we allow this administration to dictate our conscience, then all bets are off for those that hold on to their faith. There will be no telling what we may be faced with in the future.
This country may have loss some respect in the world of late, but I assure you that the eyes of the Catholic world, especially in Europe are watching what the Church in America will do. There are rumblings deep within the heart of Europe's soul that tells me the Faith is not all dead and is waiting for that spark to rekindle it again. Europe is already where, we as a country, are headed if we are not careful and vigilant. Some may think that this battle is insurmountable and that we cannot win. I do not believe that at all. I believe it is indeed a battle that can be won if all the resources available to us are utilized, including God and His Church.
Pray all you Catholics, pray for your bishops. They need us more than ever.