Friday, February 3, 2012

Religious Freedom Under Fire

St. Cecilia is hosting a panel discussion and Q&A on Wed., Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in response to the recent Health and Human Services mandate that will require all institutions that provide health insurance to cover the cost of contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization for their employees. This would force all Catholic organizations, such as hospitals and schools, to pay for practices that directly violate the Church’s teachings.
This mandate runs contrary to our nation’s long-standing tradition of respecting our citizens’ religious liberties that allow people of all beliefs to follow their consciences and the tenets of their faith. The U.S. bishops have declared the Church cannot and will not comply with this mandate, because to comply would be to deny the teachings of Christ.
Some topics the panelists will address: What is the situation, its implications, and its effect on religious liberty? What did God create us for? Why does the Catholic Church not allow contraception, abortion, and sterilization? What are the fruits of contraception and abortion on society in the last 50 years? How should we respond to these attacks on religious liberty and our rights of conscience?
For more information e-mail Dan Egan at: Catholic4areason @

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