Thu, Jun 18th 2015 02:00 pm
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
On how the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the legalization of
gay marriage could impact Catholic institutions like colleges and
"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."
On the Church's fight against sex trafficking:
"It's slavery. We're no longer able to apply for those contracts
for government funding (to fight the crime) because they changed the
regulations that would require us to cover contraception and abortion,
which we're not going to do. That also is what has caused some Catholic
Charities agencies - my home, Boston, is one - to stop doing adoptions
and foster care because of the requirement to let same-sex couples adopt
children, which we don't believe is a good thing for their upbringing.
It's just on so many levels of our lives.
This is why it's such a grave, grave threat for the work of the
Church, to the mission that Christ has given us to carry out in the
world and in this country, because we are not going to give in to this
requirement. It's really a coercion from the government to get involved
in things that are gravely immoral, and so that weakens our ability to
reach out and do the beautiful work that Christ has called us to do."
On how Roe v. Wade and the gay marriage issue are related:
"Anybody who's gone to the March for Life can't help be moved -
and I go every year - by the increasing number of youths and young
adults who are there. It's nice to see a whole new cohort of people who
are convinced of this. And I'm convinced, too, and I hate to say this,
if the Supreme Court does in a couple of weeks does what we think they
probably will do, and we should pray they won't, and gives in to this
redefinition of marriage into something other than what God created it
to be, I want to hope, pray and work that the effort to question and
turn around Roe v. Wade, I'm sure, will develop around marriage. There
will continue to be a reaction to it."
On what Catholics should do to advocate for its mission:
"Catholics need to get ourselves more informed about these
issues. We have to understand what is at stake. Get informed about what
will be the probable consequences that you can predict right now and
decide you are not going to be silent. Write to your Congress people.
Write to the newspaper. Call the talk shows. It's calling us to pay
closer attention to what's going on in the culture, and bring to it the
light of the Gospel."
On answering a question about getting clergy speaking more publically about these issues:
"She's right. I don't want to indict all my brother clergy
either, but sometimes we who preach can avoid what we call the difficult
issues. That is not responsible for a preacher. The people need to hear
more from us the Catholic teaching as it applies to these issues. A
good preacher, I believe, always connects the dots between God's
revelation in scripture and the teachings of the time."
For more information, visit http://religiousliberties.org