WOW! The White House wrote me the letter below to tell me that Catholics, Planned Parenthood and NARAL all agree now! Everybody thinks President Obama’s mandate on abortion, sterilization and artificial contraceptives is just great!!!! KUMBAYA!!! Look, it says so right here … on White House Stationery! Surely the White House wouldn’t lie to the American people…. would it? “Catholics United”… “Catholic Health Association” … Sure sounds like everybody agrees!
||Protecting the Health of Women While Accommodating Religious LibertyBy Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Thank you for using We the People to make your voice heard about the Obama Administration’s decision to ensure that women have access to free preventive care with no co-pays, including contraceptive services, no matter where they work….
As the President said:
Nearly 99 percent of all women have relied on contraception at some point in their lives –- 99 percent….
Now, as we move to implement this rule, however, we’ve been mindful that there’s another principle at stake here –- and that’s the principle of religious liberty, an inalienable right that is enshrined in our Constitution. As a citizen and as a Christian, I cherish this right. In fact, my first job in Chicago was working with Catholic parishes in poor neighborhoods, and my salary was funded by a grant from an arm of the Catholic Church. And I saw that local churches often did more good for a community than a government program ever could, so I know how important the work that faith-based organizations do and how much impact they can have in their communities….
There are tremendous health benefits for women that come from using contraception. Contraception is a safe and effective way ….
President Obama is also committed to preserving religious liberty and he listened to the concerns raised by certain religious organizations and took them seriously….
Here are a few statements from groups involved in the issue:
Catholics United: President Obama has shown us that he is willing to rise above the partisan fray to deliver an actual policy solution that both meets the health care needs of all employees and respects the religious liberty of Catholic institutions.
Catholic Health Association: We are pleased and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated enough that an early resolution of this issue was accomplished.
Planned Parenthood: The Obama administration has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring all women will have access to birth control coverage, with no costly co-pays, no additional hurdles, and no matter where they work.
NARAL: Today’s announcement makes it clear that President Obama is firmly committed to protecting women’s heal
Oops… I just noticed: Cecilia Muñoz, forgets to mention that this is a frontal assault on the Catholic faith. “Catholics United” and “Catholic Health Association” have great names but, in fact, are ruses that usually attack the Church and faithful Catholics when they speak out to protect the sanctity of human life, marriage and family.
But would the White House really join forces with wolves who perpetrate fraud under the cover of the sheep’s clothing of Catholic-sounding names? Surely, the President, who was elected on the promise that he would represent all Americans, would never misuse the Office of the Presidency to attack Catholic beliefs by deceiving the American people, would he?
Sadly, this proves he would… and he has. The White House has declared on the Catholic Church and on religious liberty itself. And its principal weapons are subterfuge and deceit.
About Ray Noble
Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa.
Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida.
Widower and Father.
EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor.
DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims.
In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will.
But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer.
But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things.
Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.
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Have learned to always subject to scrutiny the names of institutions, organizations etc as they all try to be attractive, neutral and to represent the general population we woukd assume they do simply by the name they use. Even Planned Parenthod sounds very positive until we see what in fact is proposed by them and most importantly when we understand their foundational origins.