Bishop Richard J. Malone discussed the current status and future of several religious liberty issues on “EWTN Live” Wednesday night. Host Father Mitch Pacwa interviewed the bishop about gay marriage, human trafficking and the HHS mandate forcing religious institutions to provide health care coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, with Bishop Malone explaining that government intrusion is starting to prevent the Catholic Church from performing its ministries.
The bishop also took questions from audience members and callers.
Here are some highlights of the program:
On the Obama administration’s enforcement of the HHS mandate and current Supreme Court case in favor of gay marriage:
“Clearly, there is a gradual and very grave erosion of the right to freedom – freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech too. If you look at some of the thoughts of our founding fathers, even George Washington said in one place that it was really his commitment to civil and religious liberty that drove him to the battlefield.”
On how the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the legalization of gay marriage could impact Catholic institutions like colleges and universities:
“A change in the (marriage) law would not just be one law, it would be a change in employment law, estate law, all these things that have to do with marriage. One thing would be what we call ‘compelled association,’ whereby if the law were changed to redefine marriage, religious institutions like schools, colleges, hospitals, could be coerced into hiring or retaining people who have entered into so-called same sex marriages. There’s the possibility of institutions losing their accreditation or license if they stood up for what our understanding of marriage is, as it came from the creating hands of God.” read more...