Feb. 7, 2012: Our readers write

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Obama’s complications with Catholicism
President Barack Obama has declared war on the Catholic church with Obamacare’s provision that violates church teachings. Obama is badly mistaken if he thinks Catholics are going to take dictatorship sitting down. He is trying to force Catholic schools, hospitals and social-service agencies to provide mandatory insurance coverage for sterilization, contraceptive procedures and medicines including the morning after pill by August 2013. These services will be provided without co-pay, so American taxpayers will foot the bill. And it won’t stop there – abortion and euthanasia are next.
As a lifelong Catholic, I have to ask: Where were the priests and Bishops during the 2008 election when Obama made it clear he was one of the most radical pro-choice presidential candidates in our history? When asked at a 2008 rally about his daughters and the abortion issue, Obama said if his daughters became pregnant as teenagers he would not want to punish them with a baby. This man was willing to abort his own grandchild.
We did not hear pro-life messages from the pulpit before the election. We were not adequately warned of Obama’s support for the Freedom of Choice Act, which would allow a baby to be aborted up to the last minute it is in the womb. It prohibits a federal, state, or local government from denying or interfering with a woman’s right to exercise such choices. The bill never made it to Obama’s desk for signature.
Pope Benedict XVI made it very clear when he said, “There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not, however, with regard to abortion and euthanasia.” There is no wiggle room when it comes to supporting abortion or euthanasia for practicing Catholics.
Obama had the audacity to quote from the Bible that we have “the responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” while supporting abortion. This man does not attend church on a regular basis, but he claims to be a Christian.
Did Catholics vote for Obama as revenge against President George W. Bush?
It is a shameful statistic that 60 percent of Catholics voted for Obama. All I can say is, “What you see is what you got.”
Rose Gravell