They’re Running Scared

I recently heard from a source within the Department of Health and Human Services who indicated to me that people within the organization are “terrified” of what is going to happen. Not just with the mandate, which Catholics are combating eloquently in the Fortnight for Freedom. They’re afraid that the entire health care legislation will come tumbling down.

If that happens, they will lose money, staff, and jobs – hiring has been on the rise at HHS. They’ll also lose their ideological victory. It doesn’t take someone on the inside to tell you that they don’t want that to happen.

In the mean time, Catholics for Equality are worried too. Last night, they joined together in Baltimore to protest the Fortnight for Freedom effort. Why? Because they recognize that the Church continues to move away from their idea of Catholicism:

“The bishops no longer represent Catholics in the pews on so many social issues, from contraception to legal equality for LGBT people,” said Joseph Palacios, Director of the Catholics for Equality Foundation. “We also reject the bishops’ election year campaign that they are now somehow victims of religious liberty.”

According to a new report released today by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57% of American Catholics do not believe that the right to religious liberty is being threatened in America today. The report also notes that 65% of Catholics believe that most employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost and that 63% believe religiously affiliated agencies should not be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples.

“The bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” 2012 campaign is nothing more than election year political posturing,” said Phil Attey, Executive Director of Catholics for Equality. “For the past 10 years the bishops’ have earned the public branding of abusers, oppressors, and political bullies. Catholics in the pews don’t listen to them anymore and nor do political leaders … including Catholic political leaders. In order to change this political reality, the bishops need to change their branding from bully to victim. But nobody’s buying it and they’re only bringing more embarrassment to our church.”

Meanwhile, in Michigan, protesters upset over the Vatican’s recent statements regarding the Leadership Conference of Women Religious confronted a young priest over the issue. They videotaped it and put it on YouTube, but I think they wound up getting more than they bargained for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqfpAGKzpHw

The tide is turning in the Church. Orthodoxy is on the rise, and Catholics are responding to a world that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs. Persecution is never a good thing, but it has always had a positive and unifying effect on the faithful. We won’t lie down and take it without a fight.

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27 thoughts on “They’re Running Scared

  1. Jimmy says:

    I love that priest. The lady has no idea of how little she knows. It was like watching a little kid try to reason with an adult. I thought it was very telling when he asked her the name of her parish.

  2. Matt Bowman says:

    This priest is awesome

  3. Jason says:

    Please deliver us from the sixties generation gray hairs.

    This woman is a protestant and the good father displayed more patience than most would have been able to.

    And yes, quadraceps, orthodoxy is on the rise. The polls of “Catholics” you cite include the many many like the woman in this video who, in fact, are not Catholic.

    1. Arnold says:

      As for the polling results, I would like to know which poll was it, how were the questions formulated and how large the group included and the makeup of that group. Those all influence the results, as we have all come to know. Other polls show majorities in favor of the bishops’ position, not only among Catholics but the public in general.

  4. George R. Kadlec says:

    This woman appears to me to be completely confused about everything.
    First of all, Jesus Christ said my kingdom is not of this world, not
    my democracy is not of this world.

    I also hear this term spirit of Vatican II whenever a person can’t come up with any concrete evidence to support their position.

    She also talks about primacy of conscience but is the conscience properly formed.

    I believe the following applies to this woman:

    Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be “tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine”, seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.

    This woman just rambles on and on. The priest was absolutly wonderful in handling her. I don’t have this kind of patience. I would never be any good in debating not because I didn’t have any salient points to make but because I would quickly get tired of her baloney and tell her so.

  5. Dennis Sinclair says:

    The woman on the left is a good proponent of secular liberalism. Plus moral relativism seems her guiding principle, and anger the force behind her arguments.

  6. Tess says:

    I LOVE THIS PRIEST!! He deserves the Nobel Peace prize for being so kind and patience with the most incoherent ding bat I have heard in a long time.

    1. Jen says:

      I know what you mean, but we should still be charitable and not say things in that way.

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