The Obama administration’s attack on religious freedom: The Second Vatican Council’s “spirit of ecumenism” at work…
When he was a seventh grader, The Motley Monk recalls his homeroom teacher, Sr. Gerald Francis, OP, making a matter-of-fact statement that caught The Motley Monk’s attention.
“God will not be mocked,” Sr. Gerald Francis said.
That may very well be what’s playing out in an ironic way in the United States today.
It seems to The Motley Monk that President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have done more than many on the Catholic left be might be capable of imagining: They’re fostering the Second Vatican Council’s much-touted “spirit of ecumenism”—and, in particular, a spirit of moral outrage—to refocus the nation upon traditional Christian moral values.
|Advancing the Second Vatican Council’s
“spirit of ecumenism”?
Imagine the nation’s Catholic, Baptist, Orthodox Jew, Orthodox Christian, Mormon and other religious leaders gathering in the early 20th century to discuss the state of religious freedom in the United States and to develop a plan to confront this moral malignancy. They wouldn’t gather to pray!
Yet, according to an article in the Church Report, that’s exactly what happened at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program which sponsored a daylong summit on Thursday, May 24th.
The Chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land, perhaps expressed best the participants’ sentiments when he said:
We must all be willing to stand up and tell the government “No.” Secularists don’t like people of faith because the ultimate authority for us is not the state. The ultimate authority is God.
Of course, detractors will continue to portray the nation’s Catholic bishops as being controlled by a “minority” of conservatives whose primary backers are Curia officials in Rome and whose less-than-thinly-veiled intention is to compel women to submit to Rome’s moral dictates. Thank you, for more of the “same old, same old” insightful analysis, Mo’.
But, The Motley Monk would note, that’s evidence of a very different agenda—whose specific action items include agitating for abortion, artificial contraception, and women’s ordination—rather than the specific agenda the nation’s Catholic bishops have focused upon: the Obama administration’s unprecedented attack on religious freedom.
|Archbishops Lori and Dolan|
This broader issue is tangential to that other agenda with its action items. The focus is the attack upon the freedom of religious groups to hire employees of their choice as well as the rights of orthodox believers to abstain from activities forbidden by their religious beliefs.
The threat is real. Not just for Catholics but also for those who believe in and uphold traditional Judaeo-Christian morality.
“God won’t be mocked.”
That President Obama and his Catholic HHS Secretary have pushed an anti-traditional Judaeo-Christian moral agenda that advances the Church’s ecumenical agenda would be a “delicious” irony.
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