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Bruskewitz on Sebelius: “a bitter fallen-away Catholic”

January 28th, 2012, Promulgated by Mike

From Omaha.com, the web site of the Omaha World-Herald …

LINCOLN — Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has issued a blistering letter calling on Roman Catholics in the Lincoln Diocese to fight a federal decision requiring all employers to provide health insurance that pays for birth control, female sterilization procedures and “the morning after” pill.

U.S. bishops had asked for an exemption from the rule for employers such as Catholic hospitals and social services agencies. That request was denied this month by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic.

“The present secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, a bitter fallen-away Catholic, now requires that all insurance, even when issued privately, must carry coverage for evil and grave sin,” Bruskewitz wrote in the letter, which he instructed parish priests to read aloud to their congregations at Mass this weekend.

Sebelius is among a number of Catholic politicians in the United States who have been banned from receiving Holy Communion because of their positions on abortion.

She was banned by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., because, as Kansas governor, she vetoed strict anti-abortion legislation that her advisers told her was unconstitutional.

In his letter, Bruskewitz said he was happy to join the effort to “protest most strongly against a mandate, not even a duly passed law, issued by the Obama administration that requires all Catholics in the United States to violate their consciences and support abortion, abortion-causing drugs, contraception and sterilization.”

The morning-after pill often is described as “emergency contraception” that will prevent conception after unplanned sex or birth control failures. Many opponents of abortion rights, however, view it as a form of abortion because if an egg is already fertilized, the pill would prevent it from developing in the uterus.

Although Sebelius has given religious-affiliated organizations a year to comply with the rule, Bruskewitz called that an “act of mockery” because during that year, employees must be referred “to the insurance that covers wicked deeds.”

“We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree,” he said. “Like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment. Our American religious liberty is in grave jeopardy.”

The full text of His Excellency’s letter has yet to be made available online.

UPDATE (January 31): Bishop Bruskewitz’ letter is now online. See here.

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3 Responses to “Bruskewitz on Sebelius: “a bitter fallen-away Catholic””

  1. avatar Eliza10 says:

    If only our bishop loved truth this much and was this brave and true!

  2. avatar Diane Harris says:

    God Bless Bishop Bruskewitz. It takes a holy person to see through the Father of All Lies continually introducing himself as a “Catholic”. By their fruits….

  3. avatar A Catholic says:

    Thank you, Bishop Bruskewitz. If all the bishops would speak up publicly about Catholic teachings then there would be much less confusion among Catholics. The bishops should be less afraid to offend our enemies and more concerned about whether they are offending Our Lord by their often-times excessive silence on key moral issues.


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