The "poke in the eye" to American Catholics over the conscience clause for Catholic institutions by the Obama Administration was fairly easy to predict because the Catholic hierarchy has led them to believe that they can negotiate just about anything.
This should bring all people of faith together to be more aggressive with the regulatory clowns in Washington, D.C., and ensure that we elect representatives who will protect and enhance our religious rights.
I think it is refreshing that the leaders in getting this ruling overturned are the monks at Belmont Abbey, working with the Becket Fund. They have shown a great deal of courage even though it is literally a David vs. Goliath situation, financially and legally. I don't think suing the federal government to get back your First Amendment rights is covered in The Rule of St. Benedict. God bless them – we pray for their success, for it will be our success, too.
Ed Dowd lives in Etowah.
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Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Matthew Kauth at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Christopher Riehl at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Joshua Voitus at St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Sylva, including homilies in Spanish
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy