I’ve been following an important set of comments, and adding quite a few of my own, on WDTPRS, about Obamacare and the HHS mandate, here. There are important links with great material, such as this one here.
At a certain point, I wrote an email requesting for my “insurance” to be cancelled if it were not exempt from the Obamacare and HHS provisions for abortion, abortifacients, etc., by the end of July 2012, that is, before enforcement begins.
Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s! Praised be the name of the Lord!
When I began this series on the spirituality one might enjoy even though living under the yoke of dhimmitude, I imagined I would be writing for readers who are anywhere but in the United States, that is, until the Supreme Court decision making Catholics pay a penalty for the practice of their religion in not paying into the abortion superfund of Obamacare.
Of course, no one is forced to do anything. I won’t be paying any “penalties” or “taxes” either. That just goes back into the abortion fund, right? So, no.
I just can’t see paying for the deaths for the deaths of the least among us, those who are just conceived, those who are not yet born. I won’t do it.
Those who live under oppression can always do the right thing. We are called to be faithful. If we want to get to heaven, and heaven is forever by the way, then it’s all about…
Fidelity! Fidelity! Fidelity!
Look to Jesus. He’s conquered the world. He bears the scars to prove it. Do we?
UPDATE: Someone said that the enforcement dates are different according to the renewal date on the policy. Thus, if the renewal is comes up only after 1 August, it is only then that the enforcement would kick in. So, I’m checking into that.
UPDATE: There is a plea to map out for everyone in all their circumstances that which is formal or material cooperation, proximate or remote, distanced or not, etc. My response is to ask the USCCB, which has been pushing for civil disobedience based on the fact that paying into an abortion insurance fund, however you make it look, is what it is, formal cooperation in the death of children in the womb or just born, etc. Formal cooperation is a grave evil. And… and… there is a latae sententiae excommunication for formal cooperation in such a case, is there not? The bishops have called for massive civil disobedience. I won’t pay into such insurance, and won’t pay any penalties or taxes. Nope.
UPDATE: In response to a comment on that comments post on WDTPRS linked to above, I answered this:
As for the precedent of dioceses doing untoward things, well… that’s not how moral theology works. There’s no morality by democracy. You can always but always find a super conservative priest, a super conservative canon lawyer, a super conservative moral theologian, a super conservative ethics board, a super conservative moral theology journal, a super conservative ethics think tank, etc., all of whom will back one’s opinion about doing whatever one wants just because it’s the politically correct thing to do, not because it is consonant with Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterial interventions of the Church, which they will only haphazardly cite so as to look nice.
We also have to be discerning. I’ve also done quite a bit of moral theology in my day, that is, with some advanced, as it were, doubly post-graduate studies. I have plenty to say about formal and material cooperation which is proximate or remote or even “distanced[!]“. I have plenty to say about how the USCCB in decades past have misapplied these terms to get what they wanted in health care regarding the combinations of Catholic and non-Catholic hospitals in regard to abortion, etc.
The most conservative Archdiocese at the time, for instance, said that abortions were fine in Catholic hospitals for the reason that it was an out-patient procedure. The Catholic hospital was therefore “distanced” in cooperation.
The most conservative diocese at the time said that handing out date-rape pills was fine because, the super-conservative icon of orthodoxy moral theologian said: “It’s so small [the possibly just conceived baby], who will know the difference? So who cares?” Get it?
However, times have changed, perhaps. The USCCB has said that they are pushing so hard for the reason that paying into an abortion insurance fund would be formal cooperation. If they come up with some other sort of rubbish to say that one is only remotely, materially cooperating, you know, from a “distance”, changing their tune just because they are now under pressure from the laity instead of the government… well… I’d have some choice words to say about all that.
For myself, I can’t see cooperating in the death of little kids, whether by paying into the abortion super fund or subsidizing abortifacients (whenever all that kicks in). The super fund will gain about, what, 3 1/2 billion dollars a year if everyone kicks in? It’s a dollar a month for everyone, but I would guess that even the entire amount of a tax or penalty would go to these ends.
For my own insignificant life, we will see what happens. I suppose I’ll survive to see Obamacare tossed. Maybe not. Whatever… I just want to do the right thing. No compromise. Jesus has loved us too much, right unto death, with no compromise, for us, for me to start compromising by helping to murder the littlest among us. I don’t want Jesus to say to me at the judgment: “Get away from me you evildoer, I never knew you!” So, instead of that: Fidelity! Fidelity! Fidelity!