Faith should trump government mandates

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At the height of the Irish Potato Famine in the mid-19th century, it was rumored in Ireland that you could get a bowl of soup, but only if you were willing to abandon your Catholic faith. Thus the term “Soupers” stuck for generations to former Irish Catholics who converted to the Church of England at that time.

The contemporary “Souper” mentality would sell out religious freedom rights — and the rights of the faithful to live out their beliefs openly and impact our culture for the better — to bow to government mandates on moral issues, particularly issues centering on the sacredness of human life.

Soupers such as G. Robert Blakey and Paul Titus (“Fighting Contraception: Catholic Church Leaders Should Rely on Moral Persuasion, Not Coercion,” June 29 Forum) consider quiet acceptance of bureaucratic mandates more important than the moral imperative of conscience, conventional wisdom as superseding the teachings of the faith and the religious freedom guaranteed in the Constitution.

These modern Soupers set up a false contradiction between the truths of faith and the social imperative to make the world a better place to live. The contrary is true: The faithful find the social imperative for good works precisely because of their belief in the sacredness of human life.

Catholics do not happen to do good works; Catholics do good works because they are Catholic.


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