Our bishops are continuing forward in their march against the HHS mandate stating that all insurance plans – including those provided by faith-based groups – must cover contraceptives, including abortifacients and sterilization. But the tone is changing, and it sends shivers down my spine. This past weekend parishes country-wide heard letters from their bishops delineating the severity of the situation and calling them to action. The bishops are suggesting that we’re in for a real battle:

Here, Lincoln, Nebraska Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz’s words:


And here, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmstead’s words:


I wrote about this issue some days ago, suggesting that we not only need to take political action, but also spiritual action through sacrificing, fasting, works of mercy, and ardent prayer. Now I’m hearing the same from the bishops. Looks like this will be a strenuous Lent for US Catholics!

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