Bishops prepare their flocks for possible civil disobedience

A new bulletin insert will be distributed to Catholic parishes nationwide this June, and it’s already live on the bishops’ website.

The bulletin makes it clear that the Bishops are not giving up on the fight for religious liberty for our hospitals, schools and charities. The message on the insert reads:

For the first time in our history, the federal government will force religious institutions to fund and facilitate coverage of a drug or procedure contrary to their moral teaching, and purport to define which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit an exemption. This is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide such coverage even when it violates our consciences.

The bulletin likens the fight to the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and 60s. The Bishops note that Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” quotes Saint Augustine who said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”

The Bishops have been very clear all year that the HHS mandate is an unjust law. But now the Bishops are letting Catholics know that we might have to disobey the law.

Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties.

The Bishops note that the HHS mandate will not impede on the ability to celebrate Mass on Sunday or for us to pray the Rosary at home. Nonetheless, the mandate remains a gross violation of religious liberty — one which will have drastic implications on our society.

What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free, creative, and robust civil society—or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good, and how they get to do it.

The bulletin encourages Catholics to visit to learn about the HHS mandate and to contact their legislators. In addition, Catholics are asked to participate in the Fortnight for Freedom June 21- July 4 at



  • c knowltotn

    “When you dance with the devil how can you not expect to be molested”

    This is a fight they should have begun years ago….by tolerating all the little sins they have given him the gumption to push the big ones on us. Suggested mandatory viewing for the American prelates…”Chrsitiada…For Greater Glory” Viva Christo Rey

  • t knight

    The disagreement seen here is not unlike what was seen during the American Revolution. The colonists were divided into thirds: loyalists, neutrals and “true blues”. I think twenty million Catholics can get this job done. The rest can languish in their liberal swill.

  • Fr. Michael

    Don’t forget to pray for your parish priest’s conversion of heart, especially in this month dedicated to the Sacred Heart. “Make my heart like unto Thine!

  • Randall

    Catholic rights are being squashed daily… and meanwhile the creeping threat of Sharia law in the U.S. marches closer every day, aided and abetted by the Muslim usurper-in-chief. These are dark days indeed.

    • Katie

      This is just plain ignorance and hate. You should be ashamed of posting this on a Catholic blog.

    • Teej

      How exactly is Sharia law marching closer and closer every day? It is not. Since when was Obama, like him or not, a Muslim (as though it would be an insult if he were)? He is not and never has been.

      This is just straight up crazy talk that does more damage to conservative thought. But please, don’t let me stop you. For your next act, I beg you to tell us how Obama was born in Kenya or anywhere else outside the US and is thus not eligible to be president.

  • Jzk

    Like a Polish Poet once said, “it was like putting a Yoke on a Stallion” ( referring to imposing Soviet Socialism in Polaks)

  • Fr. Chris



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