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Bishop Murry’s letter appalling



Published: Fri, February 10, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Bishop Murry’s letter appalling

As a Roman Catholic, I am ap- palled by Bishop Murry’s letter that was distributed to every church in the Youngstown Diocese last Saturday and Sunday. The letter pertained to the recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Health, which announced that all employers in America must offer their employees health-care coverage that includes drugs used for the purposes of sterilization, abortion and contraception.

Hypocrisy is a bad word in the human vocabulary, and our Catholic Church is full of it. Insurance companies must offer equal coverage to every employee, and they must be cognizant of the fact that there are many workers of various religious denominations, atheists and agnostics. The Department of Health’s rule covers everyone getting drugs and services for sterilization, abortion and contraception. Essentially, people should be able to buy needed drugs and services and health-care insurance should pay.

An enormous number of couples use some form of birth control, and difficult as it may be for some people to accept, there are serious situations in which a woman may need to have an abortion, which, by the way, is a legal option in this country.

The population of this Earth is over 7 billion people, of which one-third lives in poverty, and millions upon millions are starving. In the face of this abomination, the Catholic Church is still clinging to a policy against any form of birth control.

Bishop Murry’s letter states, “We cannot, we will not, comply with this unjust law...” Well, the truth of the matter is that we cannot “cherry pick” which provisions of the health-care law we choose to comply with. The truth is also that we are not a flock of sheep fearing death, ruin and excommunication just because we do not agree with the Catholic Church. The ultimate truth is that we have been given tremendous gifts by God, two of which include the ability to reason and our own free will. We must use these to think for ourselves, distinguish bad from good and help our fellow human beings.

We should not teach people to disobey laws. They are made to protect every citizen of any faith or no faith. This act is unworthy of a church.

I do not want our bishop or any leader of the Catholic Church to derail any medical reforms for citizens of America. I am grateful that we have a government that is trying to protect every citizen with health care so that they can get the medicine, treatment and services needed, including contraception, sterilization and abortion.

We should recoil from hypocrisy and enjoy the freedom of religion and from religion that is a protection of our Constitution.

Valentino DeVito, Girard


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1paulparks(235 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Val,

I am so sick and tired of "so-called Catholics" who are anything but.

Be what you are - but you aren't Catholic!

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2Photoman(1013 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If thousands of exemptions have already been approved by the Obama administration, should we not be able to give an exemption to Catholic institutions?

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3peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Great Letter, Valentino. I agree 100%.

I predict there will be a lot fewer in attendance at Mass, particularly women, as long as this war against women is waged from the Catholic Church.

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4300(562 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Imagine if the church had put this much energy into fighting the rampant pedophilia within its ranks?

The Catholic Church has been keeping people in poverty for centuries, and when you look at the most corrupt places in the US, you'll notice a large Catholic population (and for the record, I'm a Catholic).

I'm still on the younger side, but I hope I'll live long enough to see the Catholic church implode on itself when the older generation in its 80s/90s isn't there to fill its pews.

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5rocky14(717 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am a liberal---except when it comes to my religion.
Please,if you don't like what the Catholic Church preaches,you are free to leave.Start your own church if you like
I'm tired of these people who want to dummy down our church.

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6AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

For you defenders of the Catholic Church and do not want insurance to cover contraceptives: If you use or ever used any type of contraceptive you a hypocrit and a lier to yourself and your church.

If an insurance company covers contraceptives , just choose not to use them. What is wrong with that?

It is OK to disagree with our local Bishop.

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7300(562 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Jessie, the church has fought tooth and nail the entire time, and has even declared bankruptcy in a few cases to avoid paying any decisions against them.

Throughout the 18 years or so of their attempted indoctrination, I never once met a priest who was truly a decent individual. I did know a few nuns who truly were good people, but half of the priests I knew were alcoholics. I can't vouch as to any them being pedophiles, since my father refused to ever let me or any other family member alone with any of those men.

The Church supported slavery, Nazism/Fascism, imperialism, and does all it can to ensure that Africans don't use condoms (for some reason, the only people who still listen and follow a lot of what the church says).

I'm not about to become a Protestant or anything (which you really do come off as a Protestant rather than a Catholic in your posts), but I'll enjoy the day when the Catholic hierarchy realizes that practically nobody under the age of 60 respects them or their fairy tale beliefs.

Again, if the church had put this much energy into weeding out their pedophile priests as they've done for this issue, me and millions of others wouldn't view them as the enablers that they really were.

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8walter_sobchak(1949 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

300,
How true! I, too, will enjoy the day that God says adultery is OK since there are so many out-of-wedlock births or murder is OK in Somalia since it is the order of the day. The church on earth is comprised of mortals that are all sinners.The priests that I know are all good men with the best of intentions in their hearts. In fact, judging from what I see at the liquor store, my pastor likes vodka while I prefer bourbon. When the Catholic church establishes the rules that govern the flock, it must be done for the universal church on earth with respect to all people and cultures. Now, the problem with the pedophile priests was not one in that the church did not do ebnough to identify the culprits. The problem was that the church did too much and tried to conceal the problem.

But, here's the truth. The Catholic church has endured many problems and has emerged stronger and more vibrant. Did you ever hear about this little things called the Crusades in which the pope sanctioned the killing of Muslims? What about the Inquistions? Yet, many of the hospitals in the US over the past 100 years were done through the auspicies of various dioceses or religious orders of the Catholic church with much indigent care provided. What amazes me is that these items of conscience such as contraception are now somehow deemed a right of the masses that must be provided for by someone else!

BTW, Barack Hussein Obama showed some real backbone today and buckled to the pressure from the Catholic church and its flock. Must be an election year! Catholics are a very large block of swing voters!

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9valleyred(1099 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I SUPPORT Bishop Murray's letter 100%. He was correct in writing such a letter against Obama's HHS mandate!

I am in awe that someone would call such a letter appalling. As a Catholic, there is nothing appalling about it.

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

walt,

Its funny how you use Obama's middle name, but nobody elses.

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11rocky14(717 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I too support the Catholic church.It is the first Christian church in the world with St.Peter as it's first Pope.

Jessydavid

I don't know what you mean when you say you are both Catholic and Protestant.That cant be.If you are a Catholic,you can't be anything else.

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12AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

AHH I see you pay tribute to Obama

Hussein meaning and name origin

Hussein \hu(s)-sein\ as a boy's name is pronounced hoo-SAYN. It is of Arabic origin, and the meaning of Hussein is "good; small handsome one". The name of a prominent person in Shiite Islam and a royal name in Jordan. American President Barack Hussein Obama.

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Popularity of Hussein

Hussein is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22190 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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Hussein , is an Arabic name which is the diminutive of Hassan, meaning "good", "handsome" or "beautiful".

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13Westsider(224 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It is called separation of church and state for a reason. The Catholic church is an extremely large employer and should not be forced to subsidize a method of treatment that goes against its fundamental teachings. People have a right to work where they want - if they are dissatisfied with the benefits package offered by a Catholic employer - don't work there. I knew Obamacare would bite everyone in the butt eventually because no overall good can come from the government getting too involved in our lives.

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14walter_sobchak(1949 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

AAC

Just trying to be accurate. Issn't BHO better than just BO? Sorry, maybe I will just use the name he used as a child in Indonesia, Barry Soetoro.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Billy Shakes

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15doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

President Obama listened to the concerns raised by the Catholic leaders and has revamped the bill so that the employees of these loosely affiliated catholic businesses (hospitals, universities, etc) can just get their contraceptives directly from the insurance company - and the employer doesn't have to offer it in their plan... Since there are many, many of these businesses that have been offering contraception in their group plans for years, and will continue to do so, this only affects the ones that complained. In the end, our president listened to their concerns and initiated a compromise that will provide women with access to contraception, but the catholic businesses won't have to cover the cost of it....Our president gets his wish that women are provided with good health care, and the catholic businesses get to keep their money....Everybody gets what they want, except the gop/tea leaders, who wanted a political fight.

Instead, our president used compromise - something foreign to the gop/tea party, to reach an amicable solution to a problem, and in the process of exhibiting such leadership, he diffused any chance that the gop/tea had of making political hay out of a concocted religious argument, and instead focused on solving the real issue, which was providing our female citizens with safe and affordable health care options. The matter is solved, and will be forgotten in a week.

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16ladiesrule(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am a Lutheran. I agree with Westsider.It is called separation of Church and State! Why do you think Rabbis and other religious leaders have joined the Catholic Church in protest.

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17HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Why anyone would belong to the Catholic church, an entity that is so out of touch with reality, and one that not only permitted the molestation of children but acted as though the priests involved were not miscreants of the worst kind, is just not a thinking human being. It's time humanity quit following these frauds and started to think for themselves.

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18AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

28 states already went by this law. Nobody caerd til they can Blame Obama.

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19doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

jessiedavid, you have accomplished an amazing feat....you wrote a well organized post, with proper punctuation, grammar, and verb tense...yet every one of your factual assertions was completely false...That takes some impressive ability to lie and still maintain your cool...you must practice a lot.

I remember your posts on SB5..you filled the comments with lie after lie and it did no good for your cause. In fact, it probably turned a lot of people over to the good side - yet you still don't get it do you...when you lie over and over again, without any basis in factual reality, no one will ever believe you, even when you think you're telling the truth.

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20jmagaratz(167 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

JFK HAD IT RIGHT......"...ABSOLUTE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE...."

ENOUGH OF THE RELIGIO-NUTS OF THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT AND DEMOCRAT IDIOCY FRINGE

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21muf65fin(27 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

WHO IS THIS GUY?
Birth control is a MAN MADE LAW .
Are you a married man?
DOES HE KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN A FAMILY!
BULL CRAP!
BISH, DID ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ATE MEAT ON FRIDAY GO TO HELL?
90 TO 95 % OF Y-TOWN CATHOLICS
HAVE OR STILL DO PRACTICE BIRTH CONTROL. REMEMBER BISH IT IT A MAN MAN LAW!
CONTINUE YOUR CRAP AND NO ONE WILL BE IN YOUR CHURCH!

AMEN

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22AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

JD,
why would I vote for Obama?
1. He stopped the finincial crises from continueing.
2. the military that Bush put us in wars with, he is ending.

3He himself is not alone in the spending spree, The Dem's and now Repun congress are at fault also.

4. if the hospital you work at offers benefits, you DO NOT have to USE EVERY BENEFIT OFFERED TO YOU. Just do not use birth control and don't take that right away from those who want the coverage.

You want free America, but the church is telling employess you MUST PAY CASH for birth control.

BUSH gave wall street $800 BILLION dollars.

Clean Energy is best way of the future. But you don't complain about BILLIONS given to OIL companies in taxes, from the repubs.

Maybe DOUBLE watched too many repub debates and he learned to attack, thats all the repubs know to do.

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23peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

AAC, #4 on the above post ...

BINGO! Problem solved.

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24AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I am a Caholic. I wonder how many Catholic men/women ever used any type of birth control.

I bet the percentage is pretty high. Why take away a benefit that many people use?

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25LovinLife(20 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The only hypocrisy here is all of you who claim to be Catholic but do not follow the clear teachings of the Church.

You are moral relativists practicing situational ethics, and are simply not Catholic. When you are a Catholic you do NOT have the right to make your own moral choices regardless of church teachings.

You say that the Church has no right to pick and choose which laws to follow. First, that is patently false. The Church has always taught that unjust laws that go against natural law need not be obeyed. Should the Church in China support "one child" laws?

But more importantly, as a self-proclaimed Catholic, YOU do not have the right to pick and choose which moral teachings you will follow.

So, set aside the religious aspects of this, our president does not have the right to impose this. No one is being denied access to these things, just free access. These are elective things - the morning after pill is not health care. Where in our constitution or anywhere else has anyone been guaranteed free access to this stuff?

Furthermore, your claim that there are serious situations where a woman needs to have an abortion is false. There is no medical condition that requires the active aborting of a baby.

Finally where is your concern for women when it comes to the fact that contraceptives kill many women each year due to increased risk of cancer, heart attacks, stroke, etc.? Read what Dr. Martin Luther King's niece Alveda writes on this subject.

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26tonne(199 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It is the duty of the Bishop, by the very nature of the office he holds, to uphold church doctrine. As Catholics, we cannot pick and choose which teachings we want to follow. At the same time, as individuals having the gift of free choice, we can and often do make decisions in our personal lives that are contrary to what our faith teaches. Thus the paradox and thus the reason many American Catholics have left and are leaving the Church. The decision to practice contraception is an extremely personal one as is the choice to abort a pregnancy. These are matters for the individual conscience and are, ultimately, if one is a person of faith, between the individual and their God. Seems to me that the Church, in choosing to accept public funds for its hospitals and other health care facilities, wants to have its cake and wants to eat it, too. Tax dollars come with lots of strings attached. Looks like the Church has some serious thinking to do.

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27jmagaratz(167 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Bishops teach, govern and sanctify.

So far it appears that their teaching ability is non-existent as many of their students (parishioners) would probably fail their tests.

As far as governing, it is obvious that many Roman Catholics are refusing to grant their Bishops governmental authority over their private decisions.

What's left--sanctify. How about eliminating "you" and replace it with "spirit?" Now that would be a really radical step.

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28LovinLife(20 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Education Voter, in good faith I must point out that your statements about primacy of conscience are not correct.

You may not have read the articles you referenced but the first one states clearly that "conscience is not the final arbiter of what is morally right, nor has the Church ever taught that it is."

Tonne, you start out correctly but then I think you stray a bit. True, all moral decisions are matters for the individual conscience, and that is not limited to abortion. If I decide to kill or rob someone, the same is true.

The choice of whether or not to believe in Christ as your Savior is also a personal choice, You are fully within your rights if you choose not to believe in Christ, but if so, you are most certainly not Catholic.

The Church has made it abundantly clear that there is no circumstance where abortion is the correct moral choice. The fact that many "Catholics" practice birth control and abortion is not relevant to the issue of whether or not it is okay for each individual Catholic to decide for themselves whether to follow Church moral teachings. You can choose to be one of those who act against the teaching, but you can't pass it off as being in line with Church teaching because your conscience told you to do it.

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29whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Stoke up the fire ....

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30peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I can't help but think that if we had a single payer healthcare system in this country instead of employer based healthcare none of this would even be an issue.

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31Fred(131 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Barack Obama has the support of the people and will have no problem in getting reelected. His second term will be where new legislation supports his wishes.

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32AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Let me try to understand taking away one's rights. If I work at a hospital as a care giver, why is it that the hospital will not let my insurance company pay for my contraceptives? Seems to me the hospital is taking away my decision of insurance for contraceptives , not the Govt. The Govt is the one trying to make sure I can still recieve what I desire.

Recently being at the St E's hopsital ther seems like a lot of women working there from the ages of 20-45. For some reason the catholic church wants to take their choices away from them by not covering contraceptives if thats what they desire.

Remenber it is churches that also fight the casino's and gambling. Well except when it benefits the church. Then gambling is OK.

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33AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Jessie,

If millionaires such as Romney pay 14% taxes what is wrong with people making $20,000 paying a smalled percentage then him.

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34peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

AAC is right -- whose ideology is being forced on whom? If you work at a Catholic hospital and you aren't Catholic, why can't you get the same healthcare coverage as any place else? Just because your employer has certain beliefs that don't apply to you?

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35salem26(13 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I can't believe we have come to this point. Some Americans actually beleive that under the Constitution, they are entitled to free birth control. Someone please state which article of the Constitution allows the President and Congess to manidate that all employers must buy a any product (insurance in this case) or face huge fines. What ever happened happened to the day where people had showed some self control, and if they wanted to engage in sex they bought their own birth control?

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36AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Ok repubs have it your way. But you will be the first one complaining about having children out of wedlock. Whining and complaining about welfare and more taxes to take care of the children.

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37doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

FOX NEWS POLL -- as of this past Friday....61% FAVOR our president's plan to provide women with contraception coverage....37% OPPOSE....Good goin tea party, on top of alienating voters over 63 b/c you threaten to dismantle medicare, you've also managed to alienate a large portion of yet another large voting group , women. Nice work, keep it up. At this rate, Romney will at least have the millionares and those militia guys voting for him (or are they off the grid?)

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38doubled(210 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

and jessie, you gave your opinion, not facts...there's a difference, which i will continue to remind you of, and there's your answer to why i supposedly "attack"

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39AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

mfc.

News flash. Catholics use birth control and pay for it.

For the taxpayer area, an ounce of prevention is worth 18 years of cure.

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40Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Cheers for Valentino DeVito of Girard!

The catholic church is nothing of what it should be.

The catholic church harbors pedophiles and elitist ideologists who say they care and are helping, yet only once a year sit publicly at the head of a table during a public forum and cast opinion and judgement upon its followers.

As evidenced by Bishop Murry’s letter, Bishop Murry must step down as Bishop before he leads his followers to certain disaster.

I suggest Bishop Murry, and any priest, leave the service for their own good before charges are brought upon them for harboring pedophiles and money laundering and more.

My, my. A crazy story makes the truth sound crazy.

The catholic church harboring pedophiles, laundering money, engaging in secret acts. Next thing you know, the church may be engaged in murder.

OOPS! RIP John Paul -

and the thousands of human lives the church killed because these human beings did not join the church.

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41southpaw(8 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The hypocrisy of the right never ceases to amaze me. They love to cite "separation of church and state" when it protects their particular religious beliefs, but refuse to believe it should apply to any other faiths...like Muslims for instance. Part of the problem, I suspect, is that they do not understand the doctrine.

"Separation of church and state" simply means that the government cannot stop you from practicing your personal religious beliefs and it also cannot sanction or sponsor any particular faith. It doesn't mean that religious institutions can operate in the United States without any concern for our laws. You are more than welcome to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church in your own life. The minute you want to open a business in the US, you are subject to our laws. I'm sure most of the right would not support the Catholic Church if they decided to use slaves rather than paid employees. We outlawed that practice a long time ago, but it is sanctioned in the Bible.

The point is, if you want to personally refrain from the use of contraception, that is great. The government cannot force you. But, you don't have the right to deny others access to it because it is against your beliefs.

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42peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

No. of Catholics who use and/or support the use of birth control - 90%
No. of Catholics FORCED to use birth control under Affordable Care Act -- ZERO
If you don't believe in it, then don't use it! No one in stopping you from making this choice! How much more simple can it be??????

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43espnlooop(24 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Obama has has openly opposed Catholics, Christians and Jews. One thing he will NOT do is oppose Islam in any way! You get what you vote for.

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44southpaw(8 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Letstryagain:

President Obama was not trying to "trample our freedom" when he mandated that birth control be made available to all; he is preventing religious employers from trampling on our freedom.

Also, for the record, contraception and even abortion can be a lfe sustaining procedure to which the religious right is trying to prevent access. If you do not believe me, look up the medical definition of "ectopic pregnancy."

Again, the new mandate is not forcing religious institutions to provide abortions or hand out contraceptives. It is merely preventing them from denying their employees access to these services.

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45jarule(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I remember sitting in the pew a few election cycles ago when my when my beloved parish priest told us how we had to vote for president based solely on the abortion issue. I normally bristle at any one telling me how to vote so I took it with a grain of salt. It's like hey lets save the unborn at least till they're 18 so we can march them off to slaughter at one of our endless wars.
They never say NOTHING about war and why there are poor people still., lest it upset their apple cart

Oh well , I still love you Mother Church, with all your faults, you're still the best thing going.

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46ytowntk(5 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Most of us Catholics, based on my interactions with my catholic friends, believe in birth control, capital punishment, allowing priests to marry, drug testing for people on public assistance, school prayer,reopening Catholic grade schools (kindergarten thru 8th grade) at the expense of the the Catholic high schools which do a poor job of teaching the Catholic doctrines and separation of church and state. If these devout Catholics do not want birth control then have them adopt all the unwanted babies born out of wedlock and pay the hospitals for the medical costs.

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47bsdtwd(40 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Now the right wing zealots have to fire up their old culture war since the economy is improving. Red meat statements, all baloney, has now permeated the Catholic Church hierarchy enough to have Bishops write to the Editor. The Catholic Church has plenty of other things to clean up/worry about. Like: their traveling pedophilia circuits. This is how they steal/destroy the lives of young children by transferring these kiddy predators from town to town and State to State. Or their treating of women as second class citizens. It's called hypocrisy and the Catholic Church, all the way to Rome, are specialists at these true attacks, for centuries. Nothing short of a cult, as they term the Mormon Church. Enough of the Obama bashing at any cost. Wake Up. Don't listen to the right wing hate. They'd rather have the economy tank, than give Obama credit for anything. They are the Anti Americans.

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48peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for this most informative and interesting link, Education_Voter. BTW I enjoy reading your posts too.

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49ohio48(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Dear, Mr. Devito ~ One word comes to mind here: Heresy (from Greek, which originally meant "choice") is an accusation levied against members of another group which has beliefs which conflict with those of the accusers.

Sir, you may not agree with your Catholic leaders, you may even take birth control against the teaching of your faith, and you are free to call the bishops names, as would a child in middle school, because we live in a beautiful country that allows you that kind of freedom.

Where I see you are wrong is in your poorly formed logic. You are okay with the government denying your church their constitutional right....their freedom...to practice their faith in the manner in which they have for centuries.

The only hypocrite I see here is you, Mr. DeVito. While you want to enjoy your freedom, and you boast of the freedom of all those people who demand that others pay for their healthcare, you are perfectly okay to deny your bishops and all Catholics who happen to disagree with you their rights. Here is a shocker: There are many who support your bishops, many of which happen to NOT be Catholic because they know their government has crossed the delicate line.

Nobody is denying any American ACCESS to their pills. You could walk to your nearest free clinic or Planned Parenthood and find plenty there. What you have a problem with is that you want everyone to have it free. Oh, but it's not!...some poor schmo will have to foot the bill. Let's just add that to our list, shall we?: we've been asked to bail out banks, deadbeat home owners, free pills, free healthcare for all, free ___________(just fill in the blank). Enough alaready. I'm tired of having to pay for everyone's free stuff.

Let's get this straight. Goods and commodities aren't "rights" afforded to anybody. That includes birth control pills.

What is a "right" in our country? Go back to school, crack open a dusty book, along with your dusty brain and read the 1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Bishops are Americans too. They have a right to 1) Speak freely to the people are charged with leading 2) petition their government with their grievances 3) practice their religion without government intrusion, PROHIBITING them to do so (that includes forcing them to pay for a good or service in which bishops feel violates their conscience)

Oh, and this "accommodation" that Obama announced recently: He must think we are all stupid. Nothing is free. If the insurance company pays, and not the private organization, then that only means they pass the cost through PREMIUMS. I smell lawsuit....multiple lawsuits.

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50ohio48(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and if you don't understand the definition of heresy in my previous post, let me say it in another way:

1) adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma 2) denial of a revealed truth by a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church 3) an opinion or doctrine contrary to church dogma

Mr. Devito, you are free to examine your own conscience.

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51ohio48(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Nope ~ not protestant. I am Roman Catholic. I know my faith. I know the church's doctrine....studied it for many years. I know that many here are openly denying the TRUTH of the church's doctrine, while at the same time, you are forgiving yourself for denying that truth. We are responsible, as disciples of the church to always speak the truth. This is not a judgment. This is the Catholic faith. I am not speaking to protestant Christians or those not of the Catholic faith.

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52ohio48(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It may be cheaper insurance because now we have decreased the amount of pregnancies? I didn't know you had a crystal ball. You are assuming that all other diseases: including breast cancer in which the "PILL" creates. Yes, I know this ~ as someone who loves someone fell victim of it. There is a warning label attached to some birth control pills: this MAY cause breast cancer.

Still, here is the point: If you pay $1.00 or $500 towards premium and if any of that money goes towards abortion or presciptions in which you oppose, you still pay. Plain and simple.

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53ohio48(17 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

correction: "You are assuming that all other diseases will not cause premiums to rise: including breast cancer in which the "PILL" creates . Yes, I know this ~ as someone who loves someone fell victim of it. There is a warning label attached to some birth control pills: this MAY cause breast cancer."

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54briant(57 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Hmm..

Sounds like the number of "CAFETERIA CATHOLICS" is growing....
Someone stated that 95% of people in Y-town are Catholic...That was probably once true. No way today... If so, why did THREE churches just merge into one effective today?

I agree that there has always been a high number of Catholics in the area...but it seems the numbers have diminished due to the thousands of drug infested criminals and their offsprings over the last three decades...

Lots to worry about..

More importantly, lots to PRAY about..

Anyone know where STAN has been???

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55vor2011(14 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Interesting the number of people on here, Catholic or not, passing judgement. I might be mistaken, but Jesus was tolerent. He taught turn the other cheek... judge not... treat others how you want to be treated. It is ironic what so many believers are willing to do to protect the sanctity of life, but how ignorant we can all be to other adults.

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56walter_sobchak(1949 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Newsmaker1,
Couldn't agree more! The Bill of Rights does not give the citizens any rights. It merely states that the mentioned rights already exist from God and that the government shall make no laws restricting those rights and the free exercise thereof.

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57ohio11pm(23 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. -Pastor Niemoller

We must defend the Church's rights and remember the proper function of government is limited only to those spheres of activity within which the individual citizen has the right to act. By deriving its just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft and involuntary servitude. It cannot claim the power to redistribute the wealth or force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will. Government is created by man. .

In general terms, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities, as maintaining national military and local police forces for protection against loss of life, loss of property, and loss of liberty at the hands of either foreign despots or domestic criminals.

Should I force another to pay for birth control or abortion? Should I force another to give charitably? If I shouldn't as an individual have the power to force the choice on someone, the government shouldn't have the power.

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58Ypboy(50 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I know Valentino DeVito and he is NOT a Roman Catholic!!!!!!

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59tonne(199 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

LovinLife -- I never said that I thought birth control and abortion were okay nor was I trying to pass the decison to engage in one or the other as being in line with Church teaching. I merely stated that, ultimately, the decision to utilize them is a matter of personal conscience; that these decisions come from our ability to make free will choices; and, further, that it is this ability that creates a problem for many American Catholics. The first two concepts are not my own, but are the result of a discussion I had with my confessor several years ago. I did not include all moral choices, just these two, as they are specific to this discussion. However, I do I believe that the gift of free will came from God, the Father, which, I think, is in line with Church teaching. As for accepting Christ as my Savior, where do you get off impying that I have not. For you to presume to know that based on what I said in my posting is not very Christian of you. Finally, who are you to pass judgment on my or any other person's standing in Church.

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60jls5795(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Although there are a few sensible, reason-based comments sprinkled throughout this thread, the vast majority of comments are idiotic ramblings of "Catholics."

For those of us who value equality, integrity, morality, and factual truths, we are entirely sick of religious radicals impeding on the progress of this country. You rail against healthcare (I thought it was a Christian tenet to provide for less fortunate people?), you rail against science (But don't you all use medicine?) and you rail against homosexuals (Don't you preach love and peace?).

If you have an actual qualm with President Obama's healthcare plan, than by all means please voice your opinion. Just don't do it in the context of religion. Your religion, or at least the way you are projecting it, is clearly a front for your insecurities.

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61jls5795(2 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

To follow up...

I am not passing judgment on those who believe in a god or in a higher power. But what I have a hard time rationalizing is the steadfast, unwavering belief that many of you contributors have in your Church. You, time and time and time again, place "The Church" ahead of objective truths. You value the Church more than you value any spiritual connection to a higher being.

Do you really feel this way?

Or are you just a product of The Church's ancient and expansive propaganda campaign. Look through the volumes of history and you will find a long and revolting history of The Church, and of all organized religion. It is hard for me to believe that my fellow humans are so easily duped into believing what you're fed.

Open your eyes.
Wake up.
Read a book.

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62LovinLife(20 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Tonne, I was using "you" in the general sense and not directed to you specifically in my point about not believing in Christ. I apologize if you thought I was referring to you specifically. I was making the point that anyone is free to choose Christ as their Savior, and anyone is free to choose to be Catholic. If they choose not to choose Christ, they cannot choose to be Catholic.

The point is that the Church throughout its history has taught that the moral truths dictated by the Magisterium are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are true.

Everyone has the free will to choose what to do in any moral decision. If, with their conscience well-informed of Church teaching, they choose to do otherwise they will be judged accordingly. It is not my place to judge nor to speculate how far the mercy of our loving God will go.

jls5795...wow. You say you are not passing judgement on us Catholics, then call us all naive, illiterate and stupid. Hate to see what you would say if you were passing judgement!

The Church, like any human institution, has some bad people in its history. That reflects on the people, not the truth of its teachings.

I for one would far rather subscribe to the teachings of my Church than to subscribe to a moral relativism where each person determines for themselves what is moral. We don't value our Church ahead of objective truths - our Church teaches us what is true.

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63choicelady(15 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This ruling applies to secular employers and to public institutions even if they are run by religious groups. Why? Because the latter come under the Constitution as public accommodations and take TAX PAYER money to operate. When everyone is thus affected, discrimination cannot be permitted. The Obama administration has not violated Catholic or conservative Evangelical rights because they are not mandated to provide the contraceptive coverage - insurance companies are.

Protestants and other people of faith as well as non-believers have deeply-held moral and family values in which contraception and family planning are highly moral and ethical parts of our makeup. It is part of our care for creation to protect the earth's resources and to engage in responsible parenthood. It's not up to priests or bishops to denigrate OUR values that are as moral and grounded in faith principles as Catholic ones.

But so long as these institutions serve the public and especially if they accept public money we all pay, they must be equal to their employees, no exceptions.

One way out? Close your doors to non-Catholics or whoever is not of your faith. Hire only from within your faith as a purely religious institution. And take not one thin dime from the rest of us. Then you're a religious body and exempt from this ruling. But if you're not willing to do this, you must be equitable to us all. And by the way - abortion is already NOT covered in any way by public funds due to the Hyde Amendment. So you'll never be asked to fund that or provide that to anyone. Get over the victim role - you are not being persecuted.

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64peacelover(791 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Choicelady, you are 100% correct. I say, fine, if they refuse to accept this health care mandate then cut off all their Federal aid and also payment for medicaid and medicare patients. President Obama has provided them a loophole and if they were smart they'd take advantage of it.

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65mnascar(36 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If over 80% of catholics practice birth control. Don't you think the Bishop needs to look in his own back yard before finding fault elsewhere? Get your own people to practice the followings of your church.

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66AnotherAverageCitizen(1175 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Obama started Obamacare, not some guy called Barry.

Oh by the way Obamacare was taken From Romneycare. Be care what you ask for.

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67FifthAve(169 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Devito, yours is a powerful letter. I hope it reaches the good Bishop's eyes.

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68CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Bishop for standing up for the 1st Amendment rights of Catholics!

This nation was founded for religious freedom and now for the first time in our nation's history, a President is forcing a religion to violate their beliefs.

If Obama is willing to be this radical during an election year, what will he do if he's in there for 4 more years?

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