23 June 2014

ENDA: the Final Solution for Catholics in America?

Like Steve Skojec noted, when the USCCB is "concerned", it must be bad indeed. It is. As a commenter further noted, they usually get concerned when their finances are at stake. They are.

Well the good news is that we have reached the convergence of concern for both the USCCB and for Catholics worried about their ability to exercise and pass along their faith.

That convergence point is an executive order being contemplated by the great Leader known by the acronym ENDA, taking its cue from the not-yet-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Here is what the Bishops say about it:

“The enduring commitment of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to uphold the dignity of each and every human person impels us to oppose unjust discrimination, to proclaim the truth about marriage, and to protect religious freedom. Therefore, we view with great concern the reported intention of the President of the United States to issue an executive order forbidding what the Administration considers “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Because we do not know how the executive order will define these critically important terms, or if it will provide sufficient (or any) religious freedom protection, we cannot provide substantive comment on the order. On the other hand, when the U.S. Senate recently passed legislation on the same topic, we raised detailed objections to that legislation, and we would refer interested parties to those resources to identify the applicable principles. We say again now, as we said in connection with the Senate bill and have said many times before, that we oppose any unjust discrimination against any person on any grounds. We intend to review the details of the executive order carefully once it is available, in order to assess whether it serves the dignity of the human person and the common good.”

It is obvious that one must wait to see the text of any order before passing a conclusive judgement on it. But we must be awake.

The day comes when priests will be jailed for refusing to celebrate sodomitical fake marriages, when Catholic employers will be jailed for not recognizing sodomitical fake marriages in employee benefits packages, and when merely defending Catholic teaching on the grave evil of sodomy will send one to jail.

We need the protection of Our Lady more than ever. We must fly to her, Virgin of Virgins, Our Mother.

Mary, Mother of the Church, save us or we perish!

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