A formidable coalition of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical leaders are calling on Christians in a new manifesto to reject secular authority and even engage in civil disobedience if laws force them to accept abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideas that betray their religious beliefs.
On Friday, these leaders released a 4,700-word document called the “The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.” Read more at: SOURCE
The White House is on a collision course with Catholic bishops in an intractable dispute over abortion that could blow up the fragile political coalition behind President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
A top Obama administration official on Thursday praised the new Senate health care bill’s attempt to find a compromise on abortion coverage _ even as an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Sen. Harry Reid’s bill is the worst he’s seen so far on the divisive issue. Read more at SOURCE
Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been barred from receiving Communion by his Bishop in Rhode Island.
Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred Patrick, the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, because of his position on abortion rights.
“The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy told the Providence Journal.
It is not clear if other bishops will follow Tobin’s lead. Kennedy also attends Mass frequently in Massachusetts, where the family has a home.
Kennedy said the bishop had told him “that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official,” particularly on abortion.
The dispute between the two men began in October when Kennedy criticized the nation’s Catholic bishops for threatening to oppose health care legislation unless it included tighter controls on federally funded abortion. SOURCE
This is a good example of losing our freedom in this country! If this White House isn’t careful there will be one big uprising against the government take over of our lives! You can see it coming fast!