Just a few updates on some of the latest happenings from “home” – that is, from our old home in Irondale, Alabama…As mentioned on our show earlier last week, EWTN’s lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate was rejected by a district court in Mobile, AL.  It will now be appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.  The ruling is especially disturbing because most of the lawsuits challenging the mandate have found support in the courts.  Please keep EWTN in your prayers, and all organizations who are battling the unjust HHS Mandate.  We will continue to place all of these court cases in the hands of God and say our favorite prayer:  Jesus, I surrender this to You, take care of everything!

Even while EWTN had some bad news last week, there are also some things to celebrate.  LastThursday Mike Warsaw announced that EWTN will be acquiring the Catholic News Agency and ACI Prensa Group (the largest Spanish-language Catholic news organization in the world).  This is exciting news, and you can read more about what it means here.

Last, but not least, last month Mike Warsaw was invited to give the undergraduate commencement address at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.  If you haven’t already listened to it, here’s the video:

Bishop Rice on Democracy Without Values

Hello, all!  We have had a lot going on the last week and a half, including a conference in Reno, hence the lack of posts.  But we want you to know we are still here, still praying for our nation and for all of you, and still trying to eke out a blog post in the midst of all this.

We will fill you in on our adventures in Reno in the coming days, but since the election is just days away, we want to keep the focus on praying for religious liberty.

In Reno we were given a CD of a fantastic talk given by Bishop Edward Rice, the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis, to a Catholic women’s conference this past March.  He speaks about the HHS Mandate, the possible loss of religious liberty, and the fact that at the heart of this debate about so-called “women’s health issues” is a philosophical question about what being a woman really means.  Below are a few audio clips we wanted to share with you.  If you would like to order the full CD you can click here to contact Holy Family Resources.

God Doesn’t Make Junk

Democracy Without Values

The First Amendment

One last thing, we also want to say THANK YOU to all the Bishops who have recently spoken out about voting with a Catholic conscience.  Please pray for our Bishops!

What Does the Politician Really Say

In the spirit of What Does the Prayer Really Say, we would like to offer a translation of a statement made during the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday night when it was, quite inaccurately (to put it nicely), said:

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.”

Now, courtesy of the Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, let’s see what should have been said, what would have been an accurate statement about this administration’s unconstitutional HHS mandate and its effect on the Catholic Church:

 “Under this administration’s HHS mandate, virtually every Catholic institution in our nation must refer contraception, must pay for contraception, and must serve as a vehicle to provide contraception in any insurance policy they provide. If they refuse to do so, they will face millions of dollars in fines that will cripple their ability to live out the principles of their faith.  That is a fact.”

The USCCB also responded to this blatant “inaccuracy”.  Here is part of their statement:

This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain “religious employers.” That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to “Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,” or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.

HHS has proposed an additional “accommodation” for religious organizations like these, which HHS itself describes as “non-exempt.” That proposal does not even potentially relieve these organizations from the obligation “to pay for contraception” and “to be a vehicle to get contraception.” They will have to serve as a vehicle, because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. They will have to pay for these things, because the premiums that the organizations (and their employees) are required to pay will still be applied, along with other funds, to cover the cost of these drugs and surgeries.

USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.

We are not trying to get political or tell you who to vote for, but we try to live our lives  in the service of Truth, and when it’s misrepresented we have a duty to point it out.  One VP candidate does not support Catholic teaching on the non-negotiable issues such as abortion (going so far as to oppose the unborn victims of violence act and parental notification when minors seek abortion), human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the definition of marriage.  The other VP candidate supports Catholic teaching on all of these issues.

During this 33 Days of Prayer, let’s pray especially for the hearts of our elected officials, that they be open to Truth, that they lead our country in light of this Truth, and that all Americans will be firmly committed to living their lives in the service of Truth.