Obama Picks Fight With Catholic Church in an Election Year: Game On (w/videos)

Why is the Obama administration picking a fight with the Catholic church during an election year? It doesn’t make any sense. He’s got the bishops all riled up, and those guys are hard to rile up.

He’s ticked off the Catholic church like no other President has ever done before. If Obama and Co think their assault on our religious liberties can be compared to the war in Iraq because the Catholic church opposed that, too, they’ve got another thing coming.

The Catholic church may not have liked the Iraq war, but American Catholics were allowed to follow their own consciences on whether or not it was a “just war.”

When they force Catholic employers to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception, and force almost all individuals to buy that coverage as a part of their policies, it is seen as a direct attack on our faith. Those life issues are considered “non negotiable”-  meaning that for Catholics, they are always morally wrong and must never be promoted by the law.

Last Sunday, in Catholic churches across the nation a letter from the bishops was read, slamming the Obama administration for the policy. Catholic Democrats and Republicans are  united against the policy. Former Catholic supporters are feeling betrayed.

I don’t know if the Obama administration is even smart enough to know how much damage this is doing to the President’s reelection chances.

Via the Blaze, here is one variation of the letter, that was sent out by the Bishop of Marquette (Michigan):

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 been 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.

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 includes 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 Obama 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 to either violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so). The Obama 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 visiting http://www.usccb.org/conscience,to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Obama Administration’s decision.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Alexander K. Sample
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Bishop of Marquette

LifeNews reports:

At least three Catholic bishops have said they will not comply with the mandate the Obama administration put in place recently in Obamacare that will force religious employers to pay for birth control, contraception and drugs that may cause abortions in their health care plans.

The Obama Administration issued a statement re-iterating the “contraceptive mandate” requiring all insurance providers cover the full range of FDA-approved drugs and devices would remain intact. This mandate, originally proposed in August, includes drugs that work after conception to destroy life rather than prevent it. The statement included a postponement of one year for religious groups that do not already carry contraceptives and additionally would not be exempted under last year’s narrow definition of “religious employer.”

Meanwhile, a total of 86 bishops who have spoken out against the Obama/HHS mandate publicly. In some cases, the bishops had priests in parishses throughout their diocese read the statements all diocesan Masses (bold). According to Thomas Peters of CatholicVote.org here are some of the bishops have are opposed to the mandate and have urged their parishoners to contact Congress and the Obama administration to oppose it.

Also, an expected lawsuit against the mandate could find itself moving all the way up to the Supreme Court which, as the Los Angeles Times notes, “recently affirmed — in a 9-0 ruling — that the 1st Amendment gives special leeway to religious employers.”

Again, this is extremely out of the ordinary for the Catholic church to be taking such a forceful position against a government policy.

This discussion between Glenn Beck & Bill Donohue on the  Obama Admin’s attack on the  Catholic Church is worth watching in full.

Part I:

I’ve always liked Ed Koch. The former Mayor of New York sent Donohue a letter, saying,  “Catholics and Jews need to stand together in these times….”

Part II:


This Catholic Advocate video shows the clip from Obama’s Notre Dame speech where he called for an “unprecedented common ground” for those with differing beliefs, and said he would draft “a sensible conscience clause.”

Someone should have told Father Jenkins back in the Spring of ’09, that all of Obama’s statements come with an expiration date – he might have been spared those pangs of regret and betrayal he’s now feeling.

See Father Z’s blog: What Does The Prayer Really Say, for more Statements from US Bishops about  Obama’s attack on the church.

The links are in the comments.

Those of you who are pulling your hair out about how bloody hideous  the Republican primary has been, so far, are losing sight of just how vulnerable Obama is on a number of fronts.

– He is going to have a much harder time attracting Catholic,  Christian and Jewish votes this time around.

– The Fast and Furious scandal is coming to a full boil, and it’s hard to see how the White House  isn’t implicated after it’s established that the Attorney General knew about Fast and Furious since the beginning and has been lying to Congress all this time.

– People are getting sick of seeing their tax dollars circling the “green energy” drain, they want to see the pipeline approved – they want to see us taking real steps toward being energy independent.

– The economy is on very shaky ground – we may be in for a double dip recession.

– The Middle East and  North Africa are much less safe places now, thanks to him.

All the money in the world can’t negate those facts.


Newt Gingrich in a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, Monday night, talked about his intention of rolling back, (through executive orders) 40% of Obama’s policies on his first day in office – including the abortion mandate.


This is a must read (no I hadn’t read this, yet, Lily):

Cliff Kincaid, New Zeal: Catholic Church Rejects Surrender Terms from Obama:

My Catholic priest, Father Larry Swink, delivered a homily on Sunday that I told him would make headlines. In the toughest sermon I have ever heard from a pulpit, he attacked the Obama Administration as evil, even demonic, and warned of religious persecution ahead. What was also newsworthy about the sermon was that he cited The Washington Post in agreement—not on the subject of the Obama Administration being evil, but on the matter of its abridgment of the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

What is happening is extraordinary and unprecedented. The Catholic Church is in open revolt against the Obama Administration, with Fr. Swink noting from the pulpit that priests across the archdiocese were joining the call on Sunday to rally Catholics to resistance against the U.S. Government. He said we are entering a time of religious persecution and that Catholics and others will have to make a final decision about which side they are on.

The issue is what the Catholic Bishops have called a “literally unconscionable” edict by the Obama Administration demanding that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans.


So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church? There are two main reasons. (1) The administration wants to please its progressive and feminist, secular pro-abortion base. (2) The administration believes Catholics are divided on the issue and will ignore their leaders and follow Obama.

A number of nominal Catholics, surely will. But the faithful are in open rebellion.

Support for the latter explanation comes in the form of the Obama Administration’s efforts to co-opt the Catholic Church, primarily through appointing nominal Catholics to high-level positions in government and keeping funding going to the church for “social justice” causes. Another player in this effort is the hedge-fund billionaire George Soros, an atheist who nevertheless has found groups that are “Catholic in name only” to accept his financial largesse. These groups, including Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, are designed to give the impression that Catholics are less concerned about issues like stopping abortion and protecting the sanctity of traditional marriage than passing government health care. The Obama/Soros gamble may be backfiring.


Some may see this battle as just another church-state dust-up that will be resolved through litigation. But when apocalyptic imagery is used, such as what I heard at my church on Sunday, one must wonder if there is an awakening on the part of the Catholic community and if there is something else going on here besides politics as usual. In short, is the Catholic Church beginning to finally recognize the real nature of the Obama Administration?

Learn the truth behind the fake Catholics who have helped an atheist billionaire dominate the Democratic party, here.


I remember one Cardinal in particular using “apocalyptic imagery”  shortly after Obama was elected, when he predicted that the election of Obama would begin  a“Time Of Trial” For Americans:

Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, delivered a lecture on Thursday at the Catholic University of America:

Criticizing Obama as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic,” he went on to speak about a decline in respect for human life and the need for Catholics to return to the values of marriage and human dignity.


Wolf Howling: Has Obama Launched The Catholic Church On The Tenth Crusade?

I find it hard to believe that Obama made this unforced error.  Clearly he is pandering to his far left base.  But in doing so, he is taking direct aim at religion. How historically ignorant do you have to be not to understand that you don’t screw with peoples’ religion.

True, its been almost a millenium since the Catholic Church launched a Crusade against such a fundamental attack on her religion.  And it has been almost four centuries since the last of the Christian religious wars.  But to think that Christian passions have so cooled this will not drive the religious to vote their conscience in the 2012 election is, I think, a grand error.

Obama may be trying to fire up his base, but he has just done so at tremendous cost.  If the election is close, this may prove the tipping point.

In an oped in The Washington Post,  Michael Gerson proclaimed that the Obama administration has formally declared a war on religion:

The administration’s ultimate motivation is uncertain. Has it adopted a radical secularism out of conviction, or is it cynically appealing to radical secularists? In either case, the war on religion is now formally declared.

Professor Bainbridge: A remarkably narrow definition of religion

The Anchoress sees a silver lining: Obamacare’s Gift to the Catholics:

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the president have brought us often-divided Catholics some clarity: it has helped us to discover the line in the sand upon which we can stand together and declare, “Dude…we are church!”

Also via the Anchoress: Thomas Peters is keeping track of the Bishops speaking out

Bookroom Room: Barbara Boxer’s Orwellian defense of the way in which the new healthcare mandate advances religious freedom

Sarah Palin: How Obama Repaid Notre Dame

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and Katypundit, and The Anchoress and Ushanka, thanks!



47 thoughts on “Obama Picks Fight With Catholic Church in an Election Year: Game On (w/videos)

  1. It’s been facetiously said that Obama can’t be a Muslim, as has been rumored, because that would mean he admits to a higher power than himself. His inability to do that is on garish display here. We can only hope it costs him heavily in the general election.

    One of my fears for November is that the election will be “close.” It’s vitally important that it be a landslide — a twenty percent margin, if not more, against Obama. He has mocked or dismissed every important aspect of American Constitutional law, and the great majority of our cultural traditions, while lying through his teeth about his love and respect for this country. If he’s not repudiated with massive force, it will suggest to the Democrats that they can “try again” with another elaborately groomed closet socialist…and should that fresh attempt succeed, they wouldn’t be so foolish as to permit subsequent elections.


  2. If this does not turn Catholics to vote against Obama in 2012 I don’t know what will. I don’t understand how any Christian could have voted for Obama in 2008.


  3. ND, in the event you did not read this, I am posting this here. It is excellent and powerful. So standing with Catholics in this fight. I thought Kincaid’s insights as to the ‘why’ were good.

    “So why would the administration pick a major fight with the Catholic Church? There are two main reasons. (1) The administration wants to please its progressive and feminist, secular pro-abortion base. (2) The administration believes Catholics are divided on the issue and will ignore their leaders and follow Obama.”

    “Some may see this battle as just another church-state dust-up that will be resolved through litigation. But when apocalyptic imagery is used, such as what I heard at my church on Sunday, one must wonder if there is an awakening on the part of the Catholic community and if there is something else going on here besides politics as usual. In short, is the Catholic Church beginning to finally recognize the real nature of the Obama Administration?”


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  5. I wonder if Obama is using this issue with the Catholic Church to set the grounds for introducing sharia law into the U.S. system.

    I wouldn’t put it past him. I believe foreign muslim interests own President Obama.


  6. These left wing Religious leaders were warned about this back in 2009 when bamBoy was invited to Notre Dame by Fr. Jenkins. Then In PA a radical left wing Nun [who’s name escapes me right now], doubled down with her endorsement of obamacare. She was given the same warning and ignored it.

    They were all given assurances that a “exclusion” would be provided.

    There are currently a few cases being played out across the Country regarding this matter. in Louisville Kentucky two hospitals “merged” creating a problem over the contraception and abortions issues. The Catholic hospital has never provided for these and now is having it’s arm twisted into providing it. Did anybody ever consider these issues “before” the mergers? Anyone? Evidently not.

    Kathy and HHS has threatened to intercede in the matter. Guess where they are going to come down?

    As with any other issue, the radical, left wing [no matter how they disguise themselves] can never be trusted.


  7. The nun you referred to is probably the one Bill Donohue mentioned as “feeling betrayed” in one of those video clips with Glenn Beck.



  8. From Lily: “I don’t understand how any Christian could have voted for Obama in 2008.”

    When all other possibilities have been eliminated, Lily, think of the impossible: maybe those so-called “Christians” aren’t after all? To a lot of “Christians,” core values involve convenience and feel-good philosophy, and have nothing to do with what is written in the Holy Book. Liberalism is chock full of “convenience” and “feel-good”, but, just like them, is devoid of any core ethical substance. One has only to look at the 2008 campaign, and to see where Hope and Change have taken us, to figure that out.


  9. Obama is a Muslim pure and simple. This is not hyperbole, his father was a Muslim therefore he is a Muslim. Just like a person who has a mother that is a Jew then that makes them a Jew. It has nothing to do with their present thinking but it is important to acknowledge and recognize this fact. And it is a fact. He says he became a Christian under the church of Reverend Wright who preaches black liberation theology. He’s anti-Cathollic that’s for sure regardless. We really have to take a stand on this. I’m not the most religious guy in the world but he’s slapping us all in the face and daring us to do something about it. I have seen how he has treated Israel and their leaders, how he has bowed to Muslims and acquieced.to their regimes. I have seen how he has made extra efforts to reach out while insulting other religions. He couldn’t possibly stop our war on Muslim terrorists without alerting all of us of what he actually believes. He wants to get elected to a second term. But he has definitely made it more difficult for us to achieve our goals and dithered when he thought appropriate. He’s a Muslim sympathizer pure and simple . Western civilization is evil to him and he wants to exact revenge but he has to do it in a stealth mode.. The first thing he did was return a bust of Winston Churchill. to England. Red flag. The Dahli Lama was treated like crap. Bibi was treated like crap.Now it’s time for Catholics to pay the price. For the first time in history we are faced with a President that doesn’t like us. He doesn’t like white people, conservative blacks, he doesn’t like Jews, he doesn’t like Christians, and he doesn’t like the notion that the USA is the strongest nation on earth and we have to recognize this fact. This guy is poison to our way of life and it is evident in every decision he makes.


  10. Thanks, Lily – I updated my post with that information.
    Dave, it’s been so frustrating to those of us who have known about Obama’s dangerous radicalism since Jan. 2008, while so many of our brothers and sisters in the faith have been asleep. I just hope that this is a wake up call for those who are inclined to vote Democrat to either vote Republican this year, or stay home.


  11. Deb: I hope you’re right because there are a lot of dopes out there that aren’t paying attention. I’ve been a police detective for 36 years and it is so obvious to guys like me that are forced to look at what “is” and not what is expected. It’s not even up for debate. That’s what he is. That’s how he’s governed. As far as I can determine he’s a radical in a powerful position that wants to get a second term so that he can finish the job.


  12. And the cries that the Church should lose it’s tax exemption for this have already started, with nary a thought to who is encroaching on who right now.

    This is what happens when it becomes chic to reject your history and heritage because it is much more enlightened to embrace everything else.


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  15. I don’t share the optimism that Catholics will *finally* unite against Obama. Most Catholics that I know are liberals who consistently vote Democrat, down the line. No. Matter. What. Although they say that they oppose abortion, they have no problem voting for politicians who do not, claiming that they choose their candidates based on other liberal issues that the church has embraced: illegal immigration; taxing “the rich,” expanding the welfare state, and even global warming. Personally, I have endured waaaay too many homilies in which I was told that it was my duty as a Catholic to vote for policies/politicians that favor these policies, and really had to rethink my membership in a particular parish after the lecture/homily about America’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol. The Catholic Church is far from perfect, and I am *far* from being a perfect Catholic, but, to my way of thinking, none of these positions taken by the Church seems to be, well, kosher. 🙂 My guess is that very few votes will change as a result of this — and the Democrat Party *knows* this. They *know* that they have the Catholic vote “locked-up.” Even if Santorum emerges as the nominee, the liberal Catholics that I know will come up with a reason not to vote for him. Sad, but all too true.


  16. The American Catholic Church has much to answer for – first and foremost is their gross neglect in informing Catholic voters what the 5 non negotiable issues are per the catechism ( none of which include the issues you mentioned):
    Abortion, Euthanasia, Fetal Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, Homosexual Marriage. All the rest is politics that has no business in church.


  17. Dave B: I don’t think Obama is a Muslim. For one thing, there are the 20 years or so that Obama attended “Rev” Wright’s church (where he seems never to have heard Wright’s anti-American rants – maybe he was sleeping). For another, he doesn’t practice any of the required Muslim rituals. You can’t pray 5 times a day in that limelight and not get noticed.

    It’s more likely that he’s an atheist (or at least, agnostic). One of his main focuses is to get re-elected, get his people re-elected (or, more conveniently, appointed during Senate recesses). Another is to transform our country into a “socialist worker’s paradise” – by taxing the rich into middle-class, and taxing the middle-class into supporting the unemployed, who live off government largess.
    – – – –
    We’ve seen this before, on a smaller scale, when Massachusetts passed a law saying that adoption agencies had to adopt to anyone. They could not comply, and they did not. They closed their doors.

    Things have come full circle. I remember a quote from long ago (maybe someone can remember the source) where someone says that if the choice comes down to serving God or serving man, there really is no choice.

    Read Elizabeth Scalia’s article, Obamacare’s Gift to the Catholics

    Then there’s this, from the NYT, December 2011: Bishops Say Rules on Gay Parents Limit Freedom of Religion

    “Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have shuttered most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state rather than comply with a new requirement that says they must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care and adoptive parents if they want to receive state money. The charities have served for more than 40 years as a major link in the state’s social service network for poor and neglected children.
    . . .
    The bishops have followed colleagues in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts who had jettisoned their adoption services rather than comply with nondiscrimination laws. “


  18. I’m gonna pray that obama and Co. ARE too stupid to realize what the fallout from this will be.
    The Traitor in the White House deserves every bit of fallout and lost votes that result from this..


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  20. [Thanks, Nice Deb. Seen this? Discovered it on the timely web.]


    The Bible describes high-living hypocrites like the lowlifes in the White House:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”
    And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: “let thy words be few…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”
    Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he’s destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
    Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
    For some stunning info on Pres. Obama and his fellow traitors, Google “‘Madam’ Nancy Pelosi’s Brothel,” “Imam Bloomberg’s Sharia Mosque,” “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “David Letterman’s Hate Etc.,” “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham” and also “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman.” Also Google “Islam will purify Jews and Christians” and “Prof. F. N. Lee’s ISLAM IN THE BIBLE [PDF].”
    Since Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note “taken away”), Christians everywhere should constantly pray that the Lord will soon “take away” or at least overthrow all US leaders (including subversive, America-hating, Jesus-bashing Hollywood shmucks) who continue to sear their conscience, who dangle every unspeakably filthy vice before young people, and who arrogantly trample the God-given rights of the majority including the rights of the unborn. Do we need a second American Revolution?
    After the Obamas are kicked out of the White House, there will be no place on earth where they can escape from scowling folks who wish to belatedly express their gratitude, in tangible ways, to the Obamas who tried to destroy the greatest nation ever.
    For the record I’ll predict that after the Nov. 2012 election, Obama will try something so unthinkably insane that he will be physically restrained and locked up – and remember where you heard this first!



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