The Obama administration’s attack on religious freedom: The Second Vatican Council’s “spirit of ecumenism” at work…

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When he was a seventh grader, The Motley Monk recalls his homeroom teacher, Sr. Gerald Francis, OP, making a matter-of-fact statement that caught The Motley Monk’s attention.

“God will not be mocked,” Sr. Gerald Francis said.

That may very well be what’s playing out in an ironic way in the United States today.


It seems to The Motley Monk that President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have done more than many on the Catholic left be might be capable of imagining: They’re fostering the Second Vatican Council’s much-touted “spirit of ecumenism”—and, in particular, a spirit of moral outrage—to refocus the nation upon traditional Christian moral values.

Advancing the Second Vatican Council’s
“spirit of ecumenism”?


Imagine the nation’s Catholic, Baptist, Orthodox Jew, Orthodox Christian, Mormon and other religious leaders gathering in the early 20th century to discuss the state of religious freedom in the United States and to develop a plan to confront this moral malignancy.  They wouldn’t gather to pray!

Yet, according to an article in the Church Report, that’s exactly what happened at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program which sponsored a daylong summit on Thursday, May 24th.

The Chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land, perhaps expressed best the participants’ sentiments when he said:

We must all be willing to stand up and tell the government “No.”  Secularists don’t like people of faith because the ultimate authority for us is not the state.  The ultimate authority is God.

Of course, detractors will continue to portray the nation’s Catholic bishops as being controlled by a “minority” of conservatives whose primary backers are Curia officials in Rome and whose less-than-thinly-veiled intention is to compel women to submit to Rome’s moral dictates.  Thank you, for more of the “same old, same old” insightful analysis, Mo’.

But, The Motley Monk would note, that’s evidence of a very different agenda—whose specific action items include agitating for abortion, artificial contraception, and women’s ordination—rather than the specific agenda the nation’s Catholic bishops have focused upon: the Obama administration’s unprecedented attack on religious freedom.

Archbishops Lori and Dolan


This broader issue is tangential to that other agenda with its action items.  The focus is the attack upon the freedom of religious groups to hire employees of their choice as well as the rights of orthodox believers to abstain from activities forbidden by their religious beliefs.

The threat is real.  Not just for Catholics but also for those who believe in and uphold traditional Judaeo-Christian morality.

“God won’t be mocked.”

That President Obama and his Catholic HHS Secretary have pushed an anti-traditional Judaeo-Christian moral agenda that advances the Church’s ecumenical agenda would be a “delicious” irony.



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  1. It is true that the two main things secularists flock to as guidance is either their own Narcissism and the government.

  2. In denying God, the secularist denies his own soul, the rational, immortal soul, endowed with sovereign personhood and free will. The secularist makes of himself a piece of meat to be consumed by dogs. No self-respecting cannibal would eat a secularist because the cannibal eats the other human being to gain his valiant courage, his virtues and his strength to become the person whom he, (the cannibal) eats. The secularist assumes himself to be greater than the people who constitute his office, because the people have believed his lies and have elected him. The people needed a leader, but got an usurper, an imposter. Through the power vested in the individual in office by the people, the individual is able to defrock his constituency of their human dignity by denying their soul, their charity, their decency, their generosity, and their common sense and reduce his people to the status of cattle being led to the slaughter. I promise you, If Obama is reelected in 2012, the vote will be removed from the people. I promise you if Obama is reelected in 2012, the people do not deserve the vote. When the government turns on its people and crushes the spirit of its people, that it is no longer government but absolute tyranny, subserviance, enslavement. God does not make slaves but Obama does. Return to us the acknowledgement of our free will. Respect our civil rights. Make citizens of us again.

  3. ““God will not be mocked,” Sr. Gerald Francis said.”

    As History amply illustrates. When “sophisticated” elites in any society begin to mock God, some disaster has usually been in the offing. As CS Lewis noted, ultimately we say “Thy will be done” to God, or He says “Thy will be done” to us. That happens in this world, as well as in the next.

  4. Well said, Donald. And Obama and his pseudo Catholics in his Administration have mocked God and His Will will be done. Sincerely, Donald, looking at Obama’s face, I see an evil person…..there is no trace of humanity in him in my eyes

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