Letter From the Bishop - Take Action

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

        I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people - the Catholic population-and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful. All U.S. Bishops are writing a similar letter to all Catholics.

        The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that include sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

        In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled either to violate our conscience, or to drop health coverage for our employees ( and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.

        We cannot-we will not-comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights.  In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

        And therefore, I would ask of you two things, First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored.  Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend that immediately we begin to contact our Congress people about this severe assault on Religious Liberty, and stress that they support legislation that will reverse the Administration’s decision. Attached here is a sample letter in English that I encourage you to use for this purpose. You may also visit, www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty. The time to act is now. God’s peace.

Your servant in Christ and Mary,

Most Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI

Bishop of San Angelo

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Dear Senator/ Representative

I write this letter to strongly encourage you to support legislation that would support legislation that would reverse the Presidential Administration decision that would force all Catholic employers to offer their employees health coverage that include sterilization, abortion-induced drugs and contraception. This ruling by the Administration casts aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying the Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty. This ruling would force Catholics either to violate our conscience, or to drop health coverage for our employees-and suffer the penalties for doing so.  Please support legislation that reverses this unjust policy. Thank you and God bless you.

Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI Reference: Letter

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