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Friday, June 01, 2012

Civil Disobedience over Religious Freedom?

I still remember the hours I spend writing a term paper on civil disobedience. It was a challenging piece that stirred my soul as I read about those who practiced it as part of the civil rights movement. People like Martin Luther King, Jr. 


I think this is extraordinary action on the part of the Catholic Church. I want to encourage us to consider how we might respond as well. We dare not take our current religious freedoms for granted. DG


This came from Gary Bauer's daily email (details below):


Bishops Prepare For Civil Disobedience

From June 21st to July 4th, Catholic churches across America will take part in the "Fortnight for Freedom," described as "special period of prayer, study … and public action [to] emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty." Church leaders are taking this extraordinary action in order to draw attention to "concerns over threats to religious freedom."

And the bishops are preparing to go beyond prayer and protests. Taking their inspiration from the civil rights movement, Catholic leaders are warning their congregations that civil disobedience may be next. In a bulletin prepared for nationwide distribution next month, church leaders write:


"Some unjust laws impose such injustices on individuals and organizations that disobeying the laws may be justified. Every effort must be made to repeal them. When fundamental human goods, such as the right of conscience, are at stake, we may need to witness to the truth by resisting the law and incurring its penalties. …This is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide [certain medical services] even when it violates our consciences."
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