the blood of martyrs

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 28, 2007

You can't pass this legislation. It's immoral. It would require

...a serious violation of a basic tenet of the Catholic faith.

Oh, you did pass it? It's the law now?

That's different, then. We'll obey.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2007 1:34 AM ET USA

    I can't see any other recourse. Please, let's all pray together.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 7:04 PM ET USA

    Mauna Kea; You hit the ball out of the park with your comment; the Prayer to St Jude. Maybe if we all said it every day the USCCB might actually become Catholic!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2007 3:45 PM ET USA

    St. Jude, Apostle, servant & friend of Jesus, the Church honors & invokes you universally, patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for us, we are helpless. Intercede with God for visible & speedy help where help is most despaired of. Come to our assistance. May we receive the consolation & help of heaven in the great need, our necessities, tribulations & sufferings, particularly -love of Magisterium & saintly striving within the lives & service of USCCB Bishops & Staff

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2007 8:42 PM ET USA

    Catholic Bishops of Connecticut allow me to introduce you to Barabas. Barabas? Catholic Bishops of Connecticut.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2007 10:00 AM ET USA

    Gaby - you have nailed it soundly, this coffin on which the bishops are dancing. This slow dance with death that they are doing will soon become a consuming whirlwind.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2007 9:34 AM ET USA

    Right on Surewish. For the sake of the church, it's Magisterium, the souls of the sheep and the shepherds, someone needs to face the consequences of faithfully following the teachings of Christ. If not our shepherds, then who? I pray some of them start crossing paths with our Lord as they flee the city and persecution. "Domine, quo vadis?"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 4:09 PM ET USA

    Even their lame excuse doesn't hold up to Catholic moral teaching. Even if Plan B is not likely to cause an abortion -which can never be either determined for sure or ruled out positively - it is STILL a contraceptive, and ALWAYS ACTS as a contraceptive, and the use of contraceptives is -like abortion- IMMORAL, according to Church teaching. The bishops think it's ok that Catholics hospitals have only been forced to provide contraceptives, not confirmable abortions. Hello!! That will come next!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 2:40 PM ET USA

    Creeny-There is no shortage of Catholics upset with the sorry state of the episcopacy in this country. That is far from being the problem we face. The problem is that we are virtually incapable of doing anything about it and "they" know it. The canonical process is a joke. Due process is far more likely in the civil vice the canonical courts. Frs. Haley and Clark in the Arlington diocese are approaching 5 and 3 years I believe with no resolution still. STOP supporting them with $$$!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 2:28 PM ET USA

    Am I just missing something, or did theses bishops somehow forget that the Church also prohibits artificial contraception--even if it isn't abortifacient? It makes me wonder how long these hospitals have been defying Church teaching even prior to this episcopal moral cowardice. And riddle me this...How can anything which claims to "prevent" pregnancy *ex post facto* be anything but an abortifacient? Finally, that life begins at conception is not a religious's Biology 101.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 2:00 PM ET USA

    Why couldn't those Bishops simply have said no and gone to jail? The cell would be a lot closer to heaven than their official residences.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 12:21 PM ET USA

    I am so distraught over this! How much longer is this confusion going to go on? Why don't more people get upset with our bishops and priests who have created a new religion? Why can't more people see the lies?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 11:44 AM ET USA

    The definitive answer the bishops were seeking was this: "If you pass the bill, we will have no recourse except to close our hospitals. We will not comply." That they didn't utilize this response undercuts the perceived moral authority of the whole Church. For shame.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 10:29 AM ET USA


  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 10:13 AM ET USA

    It's amazing how quickly our bishops cave in the face of adversity and/or approach a direct challenge to the Catholic moral teaching with the approach: "Maybe we can make a deal." But then think of the English hierarchy at the time of Henry VIII. There was only one John Fisher. Are martyr-bishops always a minority?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2007 10:10 AM ET USA

    It's called faith under fire. For perhaps some of these bishops in their afterlife it will be spent, unfortunately, mostly over fire. Ouch, that hurts!!