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Archbishop Wenski: religious freedom ‘under assault’

April 23, 2012

Writing in Fort Lauderdale’s leading newspaper, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami observes that “freedom of religion is under great stress if not under outright assault” as the result of “a reductive secularism that has more in common with the French Revolution than with America's founding.”

Citing recent attacks on religious liberty, the prelate writes that “even more ominous is the HHS mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs.”

“The Church cannot not oppose this unjust (and we believe unconstitutional) mandate,” he states. “It is not a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government. This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.”


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  • Posted by: impossible - Apr. 24, 2012 11:32 AM ET USA

    It cannot be said often enough - that the USCCB and its members are largely responsible for the secularization of our society because of the equivocation and accommodation contained in their Faithful Citizenship documents. Even now as we are reaping the wild wind, they avoid discussing head-on the much needed remedy available in the voting booth. Prelates are citizens who can and must speak out with clarity about moral issues and distinguish between intrinsic evils and prudential solutions.