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DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church


MATT HADRO

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CNA
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
5/27/2015

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ABSTRACTDC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)   Latest News Most Read Archive Mandate Resources Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds Columns Documents Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Italian Spanish Portuguese Editors Service About us Donate Italian Spanish Portuguese News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Live Greater Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Mama Needs Coffee CNA Blog Home » News » US DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church Credit: Sarah Buckley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Follow By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., May 27, 2015 / 02:08 am ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.” “It has become increasingly acceptable,” he stated, “to disparage as bigoted and mean-spirited anyone who seeks to uphold fundamental truths about the human person that have been recognized throughout history.” Church teaching is rooted in an “authentic humanism,” he added, and “it is neither discrimination nor an undue imposition on the freedom of others to promote that belief and live by it.” The letter, published May 24, outlined various challenges facing Catholics in the U.S. who want to practice their faith publicly. The faith must be lived in action because the “missionary activity of the Church is essential to her identity,” he said. This is practiced through Catholic ministries to the poor, immigrants, and children. These ministries must never be severed from the teachings of Christ, he added. “The Church is not a business, a club, or a special-interest group. Her origins are found in the will and actions of Christ.” Yet threats loom to the practice of the faith because some wish to impose a secular morality on everyone, including Catholics, he explained. This would include a forced “tolerance” for acts such as abortion or sexual activity that contradicts Church teaching. As a primary example of this threat, the cardinal cited two Washington, D.C. laws. One, the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, mandates that employers, including religious and pro-life organizations, are not free to hire and retain only those employees who do not publicly contradict their mission. The other law, the Human Rights Amendment Act, forces religious schools to “endorse, fund, or provide other assistance for the promotion of sexual conduct contrary to their faith and moral beliefs,” he stated. In both cases, Catholic institutions that live their faith by serving the poor are being forced to violate Church teaching. The Washington archdiocese led an effort to oppose the laws, which were passed the city council and signed by the mayor in January........