Does the government not get it? The President and Congress should see by now that Roman Catholics and those who support the right to life are very offended and serious about this "death mandate."
"'Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested,' Father Wilde said."
This was a peaceful protest. The Occupy Wall Street crowd were loud, disrespectful, and carrying on (not saying they didn't have a right to be...), but these Christians were just praying, but they get arrested? Okay, the priest did state that technically they were breaking the law and that the arrests were legit, but that is such a strong double-standard, and a slap in the face to those who support the right to life that all possess by virtue of the fact that we are born and created in the image of God. That brings a dignity that must be respected.
If you do not believe that, fine. That is your right, no one is forcing it on you. But at the same time, those who do believe that (including businesses and groups) should not be legally forced to support something that is directly opposed to their morals. That's criminal to demand such a thing, but who'll come to our defense...
I feel like the separation of church and state is at the beginning of the end... Soon, churches will be forced on legal grounds to "marry" those struggling with same-sex attraction, to endorse certain political candidates (while others remain free to choose whom they endorse or do not), heck priests may even be forced to conduct the murder of children through performing abortions.
Seriously, what has the Catholic Church done to this country that was so bad? I could understand if we were in Quebec, or Europe. But the Church has never had any real power here nor has the Church influenced much (although I'd like to highlight the hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches (and the things they've offered)). This is just ridiculous.
The reason is because abortion and contraception (and participating in them directly or closely indirectly) is officially forbidden by the Church and she teaches that all those who do such things bring upon themselves de facto major excommunication (latens sententiae aka automatic) and is said to be in mortal sin and not worthy of Heaven.
"In reality, the other side should be afraid precisely because we are humble, peaceful, and prayerful, because therein lies the force that uproots injustice from society."
Brothers and sisters, we all need to be in prayer about this. If you cannot actively protest or show support by ostensible means, please pray, fast, give alms, light candles, offer Mass, gain Indulgences, receive the Sacraments, venerate a sacred icon, pray litanies, Rosaries, Divine Mercy chaplets, Stations of the Cross, anything. There are so many weapons at our disposal it's just a matter of using them.
"Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." --Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians VI, 11, 12