Bishops Declare War On Government. Is A SuperPAC Next?

The Conference of Catholic Bishops has all but made it official: it’s at war with the federal government.

The first clear front in this war is the battle over contraception funding as the Bishops openly campaign from the pulpit,  lobby members of Congress, and attack the Obama administration for the right to let any employer opt out of covering any medical treatment he or she disagreed with as a matter or personal faith.

This philosophy has now infected the review and renewal of the Violence Against Women Act as Republicans, for the first time ever, vote against protecting domestic violence victims because the bill extends protections to the LGBT community and undocumented immigrants.

And there’s more where that came from.

The Bishops plan to work with other religious organizations, including evangelical Christians, on an election-year public relations campaign to rally against a laundry list of government measures which they believe intrude on religious liberty.

How will this massive election-year pr campaign be coordinated? A SuperPAC, I’m sure. Just wait. It’s the next logical step for the Bishops here.

So far the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Association of Evangelicals has already pledged money and manpower. They’ve drafted a letter to be read from the pulpit openly protesting the contraception mandate as an assault on religious liberty.

The Bishops have been preparing for this for months. They’ve pushed hospitals to turn away women who may need abortions, shut down Catholic adoption agencies who offer adoption services to same-sex couples, and risked funding for programs to help sex trafficking victims over condoms.

How will this massive election-year pr campaign be coordinated?  As a SuperPAC, I’m sure. The Bishops are halfway there. They’ve hired extra staff including an attorney and a lobbyist. The group also created a “special committee on religious charity” chaired by Bishop Lori.

Their singular mission is to push the notion that there is an assault on free exercise rights in this country. And our campaign finance laws are going to make this all possible.

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LMj Sunshine
James M5 years ago

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine
James M5 years ago

Thank you for article.

ElizabethM C.
Past Member 5 years ago

This administration continues to disgust and surprise me.
It wasn't long ago that pelosi, obama, rangel and many others were encouraging rabbis, priests, ministers and imams to promote higher taxes.
It was their "What would Jesus do about the debt problem" argument.
They called on religious leaders to speak against Medicare and Social Security cuts that republicans wanted.
So it's OK for 'them' to be political if this administration approves of their politics!!??

How disgusting is that??
Democrats are ONE way - THEIR way.
Do and say as they want - or shut the he!! up!


Hope S.
Hope Sellers5 years ago

continued for the whole quote:

"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B,' 'A' is most likely a scoundrel."
H. L. Mencken

Hope S.
Hope Sellers5 years ago

"When will Mankind be convinced that true Religion is from the Heart,between Man and his creator, and not the imposition of Man or creeds and tests?"
Abigail Adams

First Amendment clause prohibits the federal and state governments from establishing an official religion, or from favoring or disfavoring one view of religion over another. "prohibits the federal and state governments from establishing an official religion, or from favoring or disfavoring one view of religion over another."

Now they want to twist the meaning of this Amendment by making it
law to favor their religious views. Do they fear their loss of
rule over congregants without this force of law?

It's interesting to speculate how it developed that in two of the most anti-feminist institutions, the church and the law court, the men are wearing the dresses.
Florynce Rae Kennedy, Esq.

I wonder how the men would feel if we banned Viagra on the basis of our personal opinions. After the Catholic Church Bishops moved around pedophile priests to protect them from the law and ignored
the children who were harmed it is rather hypocritical of them to interfere between women and their doctors if they so choose. If their parishners do not choose to use birth control or have an abortion, etc. no one is forcing them to do so.

The Bishops are free to preach and practice their religion; they are not free to make laws that affect everyone.

"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards

Chad A.
Chad A6 years ago

Regarding those who are blaming the Obama administration for starting the row over contraception-the original decision by his administration was based on laws passed by Republicans in places like Iowa that have not been challenged by the Catholic hierarchy.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri S6 years ago

The Bishops are a very strange breed of men. The are supposed to be celibate and supposedly were safe to leave the boys/girls with. This ain't true. Like all men they think below the belt, but after they are finished "thinking" they say the women and the devil made them do it. Where in the Bible did it say that medical care is to be determined by the Pope and his Keystone Kop like crew?

Jane Barton
Jane B6 years ago

The Catholic Church has been sucking off the Federal government teat to the tune of 3.2 billion dollars a year. TAX THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! Everything these Nazi Catholic/Christians are doing is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Sign this petition!

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

John C- you are 100% right! But unfortunately, this whole article & debate is simply a demoncrat vs republicon thing- they've managed to divide & conquer & have finally won. Few here will realize about the 70yr & up thing until it's too late. Until their parent's are laying on a gurney b/c Dr's didn't have the power to do anything for them & had to wait for approval from a govt panel to decide. It's the most asinine thing I've ever heard of but people here have digested it hook, line, & sinker. Anything for free... Even one's own life. The real question is, how much more is in that totalitarian bill? That question is what should wake people up in the middle of the night!

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

"The Catholic church should lose its tax exempt status. Are you listening IRS?"
Yeah right- they're still too busy celebrating their victory over Al Capone.

Phil - "Beside they're really complete assholes to boot"
Yeah, b/c the democrats are al really good guys who only care about the earth, want to save humanity, & sit around singing "Cumbaya" all f&cking day w/the angels... They're just as whiny & conniving & are every bit as rich & greedy. The whole obamacareless bill is ONLY about power & control & anything that fights against that, I am for... No doubt GW was a controlling a-hole, but it got a little worse in 2008...