Catholic Advocate, in what it describes as a grassroots effort, has released a video denouncing the recent mandate by the Obama administration for religiously-affiliated institutions to provide contraception coverage to patients at hospitals and their workers in contravention of the beliefs of those institutions. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Orthodox Christian bishops, Evangelical Christians, and others have denounced the mandate as an unconstitutional intromission.
In the video, the voice-over declares "When faith is tested, it can falter...or be strengthened. The Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate of January 20th, and the quote/unquote accommodation announced on Feb. 10th, will force religious institutions to do something that goes against their beliefs. Catholic Bishops, who interpret the doctrine of the Church, and leaders of other religious groups, were not consulted...
"Yet...the head of Planned Parenthood was...and the mandate was finalized without addressing our concerns. Many Catholic institutions self-insure, which means they will still be required to pay for contraception coverage, even though it is against their beliefs."
Catholic Advocate, in the video, calls on viewers to contact Congress and express support for the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act."
See the video here: www.catholicadvocate.com.
Catholic Advocate describes itself as "a non-partisan community for faithful Catholics working to have a greater influence on policy in Washington, D.C. "" ""
In January, Catholic Advocate launched www.ProtectOurConscience.org, which offers a way for Catholics to "speak out against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule affecting conscience protections in health care coverage. To date, at least one parish in each congressional district in every state has been producing letters to Congress through Catholic Advocate's program."
"Some are trying hard to make this about a different issue. Make no mistake, when those in power try to rip through the fabric of what America stands for, the voices of the people unite," said Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate. "People of faith across the country are joining together in support of our religious liberties."
"Consultation" is the second grassroots action video for Catholic Advocate on this topic. In October 2011, the web video entitled "Common Ground" was launched calling on President Obama to live up to his promises made at the University of Notre Dame. After the video and accompanying petition drive were launched, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met with President Obama.