A new document published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB) is preparing Catholics across the nation for the prospect of engaging in massive civil disobedience in response to the HHS mandate requiring Catholic-affiliated institutions to provide free contraception, sterilization procedures, and abortion-inducing drugs to employees.
The document, which has been prepared as a church bulletin insert, to be distributed in Catholic parishes throughout the country, suggests that the current campaign for religious liberty may be the largest example of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago. The bishops refer to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who boldly asserted, “I would agree with Saint Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’”
“The civil rights movement,” the document states, “was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences.” The bishops go on to say:
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 document follows a dozen organized lawsuits, featuring 43 plaintiffs, in federal courts across the country, claiming that the Obama administration is violating the religious freedom of Catholics and others through the HHS mandate.
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