Be Not Afraid, Fellow Catholics


Like you, I don’t like the Supreme Court’s ruling saying that Obamacare is Constitutional.  But don’t lose heart.  God works in mysterious ways.  In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Be not afraid”.

First, the question at hand was not the religious liberty issue embedded in the Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate requiring Catholics and Catholic institutions to pay for procedures incompatible with our faith such as contraception and sterilization. The 23 cases addressing that concern are moving through the lower courts now.

The key argument that was upheld on Thursday is whether the federal government has the Constitutional authority to exercise the “individual mandate,” requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.  When selling the bill to Congress and the American people, President Obama was adamant that the “individual mandate” was not a tax.  Yet, with duplicity, his lawyers in front of the Supreme Court state that it is a tax, and accordingly within the bounds of the Constitution.

While it may be hard to understand how our Chief Justice John Roberts, who is Catholic, cast the deciding vote to uphold the health care law, I don’t subscribe to the belief that his decision was based on personal preference or outside pressure.  I could be wrong, but I would guess Justice Roberts is not a personal fan of the Affordable Care Act and I would bet he does not see it as something good for the country.

However, unlike the regular display of lack of integrity by President Obama and activist judges, Justice Roberts stayed within the legal confines of his assignment: he interpreted the law in light of his best legal and judicial understanding of the U.S. Constitution. I am not a Constitutional scholar and have not read his opinion, but I trust his character and the process he used to make his decision.  I don’t like the consequences of his decision, but I have confidence in his discernment process and in our country in rectifying the bigger problems with ACA.

Building a Stronger Foundation
Being obedient to the rule of law will yield good fruit.  Justices anywhere, particularly on the Supreme Court, need to make rulings based on how the claim stacks up against the Constitution, not on emotion or human respect. If there’s a legitimate flaw in the case arguing that the law be struck down, I would want any Supreme Court judge to uphold the law.  Good minds can disagree.  Acting on conscience rather than following a herd mentality and not out of personal interest is a good sign.  We are not building our foundation on sand, but rather on justice and truth, even if we don’t like it at the moment.

It’s like the work you have to do to save a difficult marriage.  When things are tough, many just want to get out.  But the heroic spouse sticks it out, imploring every strategy to turn things around until there is absolutely no other action to take.

That’s us right now.  This battle isn’t over; it’s just begun.  So get off the couch, baby. This is your wake-up call. It is time for the sleeping giant to rouse from his nap and start tapping into his power.

The irony is that if the Affordable Care Act were struck down, the religious liberty cases would not have their day in court.  You may not have noticed, but this attack on Catholic values in our country has been going on for quite some time.  I am sick and tired of hearing about another Catholic adoption agency having to shut down for refusing gay couples wanting to adopt, as in Illinois.

Don’t be discouraged because it seems like the other side has the momentum and the power.  As Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above.”

My fellow Catholics, God has got this one under control.

We need to do the legwork and let God handle the results.  Take your next step to stand up for God and the Catholic Church without fear.  The only thing you need to be afraid of is your own laziness, apathy, and the assumption that everyone else is fighting the fight so you can sit back and rest.


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  • I like this quote from the Family Research Council’s Robert Morrison: “It’s as if the British Parliament had not only taxed our tea, but forced us to buy it, too!”

    • Yes, you know our financial situation as a country is pretty bad when the politicians have to raid the pockets of Catholics to pay for abortions and contraceptives.

  • wild rose

    Good quotation, Robert. Today Catholic clergy and many laypeople aren’t going to succumb to a King Henry VIII rule. We will choose martyrdom.

    In regard to the article, people deserve who they vote into office. Put away your rose-colored glasses, folks. We can’t expect the judiciary to bail us out of bad leadership. The voters will have to choose good leaders on Nov. 2, 2012. Meanwhile, continue to pray for our country.

  • wild rose

    Actually, the upcoming Presidential Election is Nov. 6, 2012.

  • The fact that the election is in November is the silver lining of this Supreme Court ruling.

  • goral

    I would suggest that we actually are building our foundation on sand. The reason we don’t like the decision is the same reason we don’t like the Roe vs Wade decision. There is no justice and truth in it at all. Only injustice and mayhem and death follow those kind of selfish and partisan decisions.

    Are we to think that the four most level headed and Constitution respecting justices didn’t see the very delicate Constitutional nuances that Roberts saw.
    Must all the decisions of monumental importance fall on either side of the political rift…. the great divide, the mile wide chasm that is ripping this country apart.

    How is an election going to repair a system that is imploding. We are on a fast tract to a lawless society with a lawless gov’t leading the way.
    There is no silver lining here.

    • It has been my personal experience that things often look the worst, before God turns them around. Thanks for your perspective. Take care.

      • I believe that things will turn around only after they have gotten much worse. It is possible that we will see Catholic martyrs in America before we’re done.

        In my own life, since the mid-90’s I have been anticipating … something. Something that will forever change life in the U.S.A., maybe even be the end of the U.S.A.

        Already this is not the country I grew up in during the 70’s and 80’s. The form remains but underneath it is a massive erosion of the framework that holds us together. This cannot go on without the “mile wide chasm” that Goral speaks of becoming visible to everyone.

        When people walk into the grocery stores and find empty shelves, that’s when we’re all going to know that we’ve gone down the tubes.

        • Historically, we human beings easily get lulled into tyranny when our stomachs are full. Look to the Old Testament for repeated examples of our human nature. I see this Supreme Court ruling as a blessing and a wake up call to get us motivated to make needed changes before the grocery shelves are empty.

  • goral

    Certainly an affluent society gets lazy and complacent.
    This power grab and infringement on our First Amendment has mobilized our bishops to action.
    The problem with this kind of “repentance” is that it’s just a change of mind and not the will.

    If Barak Hussein didn’t step on the Church’s cassock, he would still be the darling of secular catholics as well as many in the heirarchy.
    My feeling is that a victory for the Church is no victory at all, just a reinstatement of the status quo.

    Thank you for your response Christina Weber and your article.

    • Always a believer in the capacity for change, a change of mind is the first step to a change of will.

      Best wishes!