Sunday, May 27, 2012

Celebrating the Defense of Religious Liberty: Memorial Day

How fitting my last blog post before a long absence was a prayer to the Holy Spirit.  It seems only natural then I return to the blog on Pentecost Sunday. Hopefully, with the help of the Holy Spirit I will continue to chronicle my journey in faith, motherhood, friendship and love.

As Christians, and as Catholics we are warned we will be out of sync with world. (Matthew Chapter 10)  These last months certainly have caused me much dismay as I have felt out of sync with the leadership of my country as it pushes against the beliefs I hold close to my soul. 

This blog has been quiet for such a long time as our family dealt with our own healthcare crisis, but the news of the many lawsuits brought against the healthcare mandate by the Catholic Church and prayerful consideration about wading into the perils of politics on the blog, I felt my position should be clear. I celebrate the Catholic Church for its defense of our religious freedom by fighting the healthcare mandate. 

The media chatter focusing on women's healthcare 'rights' is absurd.  No one is taking away an adult woman's decision-making power about her own healthcare.  What right is being taken away is a religious institution's ability to decline to participate in a government mandated program that goes against the core of its faith. The Catholic Church stands for the protection of life from conception to natural death.  When any practice infringes on life, the church has one position - life wins. 

And for women's health? If this were truly about healthcare the discussion should not be about medicinal birth control.  Medicinal birth control is about convenient sex with a lower risk of pregnancy, not health. And while some doctors use the same pharmaceutical used for birth control to treat other conditions, the Catholic Church has often stated to Catholic healthcare providers that certain hormone therapies, not related to birth control, are acceptable, which clearly is in the best interests of women's health.  When hormone therapy is used in a way that is not birth control, it is covered healthcare.   

Back to women's healthcare rights, if medicinal birth control does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases which can lead to long term health problems, sterilization and death why is it so important? We have been inundated with pamphlets about the use of condoms as a STD preventative measure. So, why is no one sitting in front of Congress waving a condom? Because this debate isn't about women's health, it isn't about birth control, it is about curbing religious freedom and having religion answer to the whims of the state.  

Artificial birth control is against the tenets of my faith -  so are many other "socially acceptable" practices - the Catholic Church is not trying to play moral police cop, they just don't want to be party to what they believe to be sinful.  What any individual, Catholic or not, chooses to do is their free will.  Just don't ask a religious institution to validate something that clearly is against their faith. The advocacy of birth control as a right, is merely a Trojan horse in the war on religious liberty.

This Memorial Day Weekend and Pentecost Sunday,
 I celebrate those who have fought and sacrificed 
for our freedom 
and the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we soldier on. 

Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience towards evil and a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment. But what is more important than the definition is the field of its application. The important point here is this: Tolerance applies only to persons but never to truth. Intolerance applies only to truth but never to persons. Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Old Errors and New Labels)

1 comment:

  1. This is brilliant, and I want to know why there are no other comments!

    Thank you for your salient words. I have done a lot of being quiet lately, as most of my Catholic friends have sided with the state and the notion that "it's wrong to force our views on others." I have felt lonely and at a loss, and have not spoken up. I am thinking on how to speak up gently.