June 21, 2012
The Southern Baptists tell it like it is. Not always and not perfectly but they understand the role of religion in a free society.
Fox News quotes from the Baptists’ findings on same sex “marriage.”
marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”
It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.”
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
I’ll say this just so it gets said. God made all people. Some are attracted to people of the same-sex. (and some have disordered attractions to all manner of things). That is not bad or good; only acting on these disordered attractions is wrong. This doesn’t in anyway affect the Church’s – or any decent thinking person’s – love for them as God’s created handiwork. The Church uniformly tells us also to absolutely love these people.
April 3, 2012
The Baptists are leading the way on the defense of traditional marriage. They held a conference last week on the importance of marriage to our society. It included necessarily a religious viewpoint but also secular and practical reasons to defend marriage. http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37523
Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition, said that “when marriage is redefined as genderless, there are legal consequences for anyone who disagree with it.”
“Everything from inheritance laws to property rights must then change,” she said. “If you disagree with this, you’re treated as a racist and as a bigot.”
Also the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh has weighed in – clearly and I think effectively – in favor of the amendment.
Bishop Burbidge Discusses Religious Liberty and Marriage Amendment
On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to make the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman part of the North Carolina Constitution. On this week’s Catholic Perspective and Catholic Weekly, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge explains Catholic teaching on marriage and encourages the faithful to vote for the marriage amendment. Bishop Burbidge also discusses the ongoing efforts to overturn the recent Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.
Watch Catholic Perspective online (Windows Media)
October 14, 2011
An included religious exemption clause is so narrow as to not allow most organizations that reasonable people would call “religious” to follow their conscience.
Catholic Bishops in the US call Obamacare regulation an “Unprecedented Attack on Religious Liberty”
In an “urgent” call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama’s health-care law “poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”
The proposed regulation would require all private health-care plans to cover sterilizations and “all FDA-approved contraceptives”–which include “emergency” contraceptives such as ulipristal (or “Ella”) that can cause an abortion both before and after an embryo implants in the mother’s womb.
The bulletin insert asked Catholics to visit a page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.) from which they could send an email message to the Department of Health and Human Services protesting the proposed regulation.
Organizations like Catholic Universities and individual private business owners will not be permitted to opt out of paying for insurance that covers these morally objectionably procedures.
Indeed this article notes that a “layperson” as defined by the regulation doesn’t qualify for the Exemption. Jesus was an non-ordained itinerant preacher; he would not have qualified for the religious exemption.
You can see the NATIONWIDE BULLETIN INSERT here
Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate
From this article of August 30, 2009, the President argued that the Administration’s Healthcare plan does not fund Abortion. Cardinal Justin Regali said it would. President Obama is ‘Fabricating’—Not Cardinal Rigali and the Catholic Bishops—About Abortion Funding in Health Care Plan. Turns out the Cardinal was right.
We’ve mentioned this previously here, here, here, here and here.
It’s too late to formally respond to the proposed HHS regulations. I may write directly to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (herself a lapsed-Catholic.) I have written congress via the Catholic Bishops’ site which is in turn a link to the NCHLA the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. http://www.nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?ID=292
February 14, 2010
Bishops Issue Call to Action Regarding Public School Textbook
Bishop Peter J. Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh have issued a joint alert due to their concern about some proposed wording for a public school textbook on civic and economics. The proposed text asserts that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion and struck down state and federal laws that regulated and limited access to abortion, is an example of how the Supreme Court has upheld rights against oppressive government. The implication of this proposed text is that opposition to Roe v. Wade is wrong. Let Your Voice be heard on this issue by writing directly to the committee of the state Department of Public Instruction that is seeking feedback on this matter. Click here to read the bishop’s letter and to take action
Visit the Department of Public Instruction web page on this issue
The document in question is civics-economics.doc located at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/phase2/social-studies/civics-economics.doc
Equally interestingly, the documents under the category “Healthful Living – Health Education“ are also full of what we could only call “social indoctrination.” I ask this question, Why should the public school make it part of its curriculum to ask 6th graders to:
“Analyze the influences on responsible reproductive health and safety decision making.”
“Demonstrate, through practice scenarios, the analyzing influences skill to distinguish healthy from harmful influences, including media/social networking, on reproductive health and safety.”
I am curious as to what the secular culture (and so the school) would call a ‘healthy influence’ on the ‘reproductive health’ of a 6th grader. What exactly is a ‘safe decision’ concerning ‘reproductive health’ that a sixth grader should be making?
The Bishops’ call to action letter is at:
December 18, 2009
This is interesting and well written. From a Christian and Catholic perspective the purpose of social activism is to reform the society to better reflect the Truth of how God made us. Even without accepting this premise the content of this essay is enlightening and wise.
All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that dominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.
These three secret strategies are:
All opinions are equal
Never judge anyone
Never step on toes