Religious freedom celebrated

On the morning of June 30, social media outlets were buzzing with reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby — a 5-4 decision that said the craft-store chain did not have to abide by the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. Here is a sample of tweets from notables in the Church reacting to the victory for religious freedom:

“In Hobby Lobby, U.S. Supreme Court shows respect for religious belief. That bodes well overall for everyone.” Mary Ann Walsh, @sisterwalsh

“If a woman’s chosen form of contraception is to keep her clothes on does her employer have to pay for her wardrobe?”  Father Dwight Longenecker, @dlongenecker1

“Iraq is tearing apart; ppl are being crucified by ISIS but oh, no! Who’s gonna pay for my morning after pill?”  Elizabeth Scalia, @theanchoress

“One victory, but many battles remain”  Human Life International, @HumanLifeIntnl

Mrs. Green: We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey. #HobbyLobby #ReligiousLiberty”  Kathryn Jean Lopez, @kathrynlopez

“5 of the 9 Supreme Court justices understood that government shouldn’t suppress religious freedom. #hobbylobby”  Father Jonathan Morris, @fatherjonathan

“Supreme Court Decision On Hobby Lobby: A Great Day For The Religious Freedom Of Family Businesses”  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, @USCCB

“Thanks be to God! Deo gratias! US Supreme Court rules in favor of “Freedom of Religion,” “Freedom of Conscience”...  Father Francis J. Hoffman, @FatherRocky

“Why does contraception have to be free, anyway?”  Patrick Madrid, @patrickmadrid

Anti-Catholic bias

Re: “Media buries the truth” (Spectator, July 6).

This was terrible reporting. No one knew where the remains had been placed. Someone theorized that they could have been put in a septic tank. The press, sensationally, translated that theory into a fact. People tend to love a good horror story, and while I don’t keep score, it does seem likely that Catholic institutions have been getting more than their share.

Hank Vogler, via online comments

Evangelization key

Re: “A blueprint for the New Evangelization” (In Focus, June 22).

First of all, evangelization must be understood to be separate from catechesis, yet a part of it.

Evangelization properly includes all the warnings God has given us since Adam and Eve: Do right according to God’s way or suffer the due consequences: God’s destruction of nonbelievers.

God’s command to fear him and seek him in humility and prayer is real.

The rarity of God’s divine revelation is common cause for our need to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).

Since “the fear of the Lord (is) her treasure” (Is 33:6) and “his delight” (Is 11:3), we all should realize that God is serious about our obedience (cf., Jn 6:60-66).

Therefore, the New Evangelization is necessary to getting people’s attention and for having us all seriously seek catechesis (2 Chr 7:13-14).

Daniel Najvar, Quitman, Texas
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