Peter Wolfgang Executive Director of the Family Institute of CT and hostess Corinn Dahm discuss the Fortnight of Freedom of the US Conference of Bishops and the HHS Mandate that precipitated it. He focuses on the fact that it is not an issue of whether contraception should be available or not but rather religious liberty: shouldn’t there be a conscience clause to let Religious Institutes opt out? Our first freedoms are at stake, the First Ammendment to the Constitution of the United States. If the first amendment means anything it means that the federal government can not do this. This issue transcends all party lines and all creeds because if the government is allowed to do violence to the basic freedom of religion then it can also do violence to any group’s freedoms, liberal or conservative, religious or secular. One of the biggest problems is the redefinition of terms including what is religion, what is health care and who is the magisterium and Pope of the Catholic Church. Should the government be allowed to do this?! We are saying this is not about contraception but it certainly is for the Obama administration. There are huge fines for not complying that is totally out of proportion with any other issue. Notre Dame alone will have to pay about 10 million dollars a year if they do not want to comply. Ave Maria!
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From National Shrine of Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia homilist.
Fr. Angelo Geiger and Corinn Dahm discuss the Religious Liberty issue surrounding the HHS Contraception Mandate. They relate this to other issues and how it influences our daily lives as Catholics, how the Bishops have come together to fight against this and what this means for the Church.
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Bill O’Brien of CT Right for Life explains the nature of the HHS mandate for contraception. He discusses with hostess Corinn Dahm how it violates the First Amendment rights of Catholics, how the Obama ‘compromise’ is no compromise at all and is effectively not even a�change from the original, offensive mandate. They cover the many political forces pushing for contraception (pharmaceuticals, abortion providers, hedonists, population control advocates) the effects of�contraception�on health and families and on women. They ask why is�contraception�being offered for free when life saving medication and procedures are not free, but require a co-pay? Why artificial�birth-control�is offered completely free and natural family planning is not funded at all.
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Cleveland Bishop Lennon gives March 23 homily on freedom of religion.