CONSCIENCE PROTECTION ACT

The following is a message from Bishops Vann, Freyer and Nguyen regarding the Conscience Protection Act…

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In this Sunday’s reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we are reminded that “we are [God’s] handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” The other two readings remind us that there are forces in this world that work against the life and dignity of human persons. Living in a pluralistic society, we have the gift and the challenge to work for the common good, faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing witness to his Gospel of life.

One of the blessings of living in the United States is the strong commitment to religious freedom and the protection of the rights of conscience. Whereas in some areas of our culture there is an expansive understanding of conscience and the freedom of the individual, elsewhere consciences are increasingly placed under duress and room for disagreement seems to be disappearing.

Increasingly, health care providers and trainees, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortions or provide coverage for it in their health care plans. Although federal conscience laws prohibit such coercion, these laws continue to be violated—mostly because they don’t provide victims with the ability to defend their rights in court.

The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301) would address loopholes in current laws and pro-vide victims with the right to sue in court. Congress will decide soon (most likely during the week of March 12) whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation. We join the call to the faithful to pray and to act by emailing and calling Congress in the coming week, especially on Monday, March 12 which the message that enacting the Conscience Protection Act is urgently needed to protect Americans from being forced to violate their deeply help convictions about respect for human life. Below you will find instructions to act.

We are indeed God’s handiwork, each one of us. Every life is precious and respect for each person’s conscience to be free to find the will and the ways to pursue justice must be safeguarded.

In Christ,

The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange

The Most Rev.Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange

The Most Rev. Thanh Thai Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange

Action Needed

1. Pray that Congress enacts the CPA, and activate prayer warriors, chains, and groups.

Intention: We pray that Congress will include the Conscience Protection Act in the Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill.

2. Call and email your U.S. senators and representatives through www.bit.ly/support-cpa, and forward the action alert to others. Members of Congress can be reached by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

3. Use enclosed resources to light up social media and participate in the Tweet storm.

4. Urge action at Masses the weekend of March 10/11.