The latest move, however, has pushed the Catholic bishops into a position where they really do have to take a firm stand, or else lose their credibility in the American church.
In November, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, held what he describes as an "extraordinarily friendly" meeting with Obama at the White House.
The president assured the archbishop of his respect for the Church, and the archbishop came away persuaded Obama would never force the Church to adopt any policy that would violate her principles.
Ten days ago, Obama sandbagged the archbishop.
He informed Cardinal-designate Dolan by phone that, with the sole concession of the Church being given an extra year, to August 2013, to comply, the new policy, as set down by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will be imposed. All social and educational institutions of the Catholic church will offer health insurance covering birth control, or face fines.
Where do Obama and Sebelius get the power to do this?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, the colloquial name for which is "Obamacare."
- Obama Sandbags the Archbishop, by Pat Buchanan
The American Bill of Rights states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Many people think that the majority of Catholics use artificial birth control, and therefore this teaching of the Catholic Church is irrelevant. But whether a doctrine is followed or not is not the issue; it is Catholic teaching, a teaching so difficult that 95% of Catholics don't follow it. That does not prove the teaching is false or that it should not be upheld. It does show how far and how easy it is to fall from obedience to what we know is right.
President Obama is in direct violation of the American Constitution by interfering with the freedom of religion of the Catholic Church. It is becoming clear who his arch enemy is; if he can override Catholic teaching, he will be the demagogue he wants to be.
51% of Catholics voted for Obama in the last election. It is time those Catholics realised this President does not have their interests at heart; he has set out to control the entire society, and what better way to do that than through providing for health care. But it is being bought at the price of our integrity. Wake up Catholics! You have the power to get rid of this man, who wants to remake America into a socialist European-style state.