The Personalist Project

Crisis Magazine's website today kindly published my remarks from the religious liberty panel discussion last week.  The bottom line:

When the federal government uses the force of law to mandate that Catholic institutions and businesses provide birth control and sterilizations and abortifacient drugs to their employees, it is, in effect, seeking to conscript the Church into the service of the culture of death as a condition of our participation in society. It is no side issue.  It is no glancing blow.  It is a stake aimed at the very heart of Catholic life.

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Comments (3)

Michael Healy

#1, Oct 31, 2012 11:48pm

Everyone should read the Crisis article in toto, linked above.  Very strong, very well put.  We really are at a turning point, yet much of the seriousness of the situation is hidden under the soothing facade of propaganda pulling us all in a certain direction and--as you say--even hindering those who know better from speaking up.  Dangerous times.

Katie van Schaijik

#2, Nov 1, 2012 2:13pm

Thanks, Michael.  I'm heartened by the "likes" and "shares" it's getting.


#3, Nov 5, 2012 9:42pm

Katie, What an oasis of relief and recognition I experienced in reading your piece on the HHS mandate! It most certainly IS about contraception, and I can't comprehend why even our bishops (and faithful Catholic politicians) do not seem to acknowledge that "elephant in the room," at least publicly. It broke my heart to hear the issue compared to the kosher deli forced to sell God, forgive them! Does it take a woman to fully understand the intrinsic harm and profound devaluation that contraception is? If so, you have spoken for many, many of us who do know. Please, keep speaking out!! The truth is inestimably better than the lie, and worth repeating over and over: LOVE and LIFE are one!

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