Washington D.C., 12Oct2012/(CNA).- The U.S. bishops criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an "inaccurate statement of fact" about the HHS mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice presidential debate.
"With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear," said Biden during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky."No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide," he argued. "That is a fact."
"This is not a fact," responded the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an Oct. 12 statement.
15Sept2012 (CNA): A priest I know does a lot of spiritual direction. Two of the men he was helping died suddenly this past year, one of a heart attack and one of a stroke. In both cases they were relatively young men and quite successful. In both cases they watched Fox News. And in both cases they had gotten into the nightly habit of shouting at President Obama whenever he came on the TV. In both cases, the wives believed – and they still believe – that politics killed their husbands.
Now that’s a true story. And it’s a good place to begin our time together today. Henri de Lubac, the great Jesuit theologian, once said that if heretics no longer horrify us, it’s not because we have more charity in our hearts. (i) We just find it a lot more satisfying to despise our political opponents. We’ve transferred our passion to politics.
My theme today is living the Catholic faith in public life, including our political life. But in talking about it, I need to make a few preliminary points.
Here’s my first point. It’s very simple. We’re mortal. We’re going to die.
We suggest that the fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, be dedicated to this "fortnight for freedom"—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.
4July2012, Washington DC:
Archbishop Chaput's homily, presented during a noon Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC at the conclusion of America's "Fortnight for Freedom", referred to a “new order of the ages.” Chaput called this "the American Era."
"We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness," said the Archbishop. "Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment."
As a military daughter, spouse, and mother, it was a blessing to witness the voice of the Church speak with calm conviction, clarity and courage in the face of unprecedented political adversity, ready to defend that which must be defended and has been defended for generations.
Archbishop Chaput's history-defining homily is available on video here, and the text is provided below. Share this with everyone!
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...let us avoid burdening the women and men of the Armed Services who already shoulder the burden of carrying out American foreign policy. This chaplain has come to discover that few people appreciate peace more than those who have to defend it far from home and in a strange land.
-- Friar Santo Cricchio
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