US bishops call for civil disobedience over health care law
Michael Reagan reacts
- Duration 6:32
- Date May 29, 2012
Michael Reagan reacts
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-- campaign trail now on a new call to arms from the Catholic Church you don't hear that very often.
US bishops asking for Civil Disobedience from the faithful you also do not hear very often.
In protest of the president's health care law.
With more than 68 million registered members the Catholic Church here in the United -- can have considerable political -- in this country.
And his call for disobedience.
Sounds like what we -- -- some priests and nuns protested the Vietnam War.
And some civil rights issues back in the 1960s.
Michael Reagan is a political consultant and chairman of the Reagan group and a devout Catholic himself Michael thank you for being back in the program this is.
Very unusual they -- I want this and just to highlight it for our viewers because they are calling for what they're what they're describing as -- fort night for freedom.
June -- when he first through July.
Fourth asking Catholics to not only support these lawsuits that have been filed.
Challenging the president's mandate that requires certain Catholic institutions to cover the cost of contraception.
And other abortion related drugs and so on but they want people -- actually spring into action.
I think -- nothing but trouble for the Democrats have the press United States because the president United States.
Other Democrats who love you should be something other than the Catholic Church going after them.
-- contraception -- this whole thing started against Mitt Romney in the Republicans.
It now believe joined by the Catholic Church which allows Mitt Romney -- talk about the economy if nothing else.
Then you haven't noticed but what if -- not talked about over the last month or two immigration.
The Catholic Church is at the forefront of immigration.
That is not being discussed in the public for over what two months maybe three months.
And the Republicans love the fact that immigration is -- becoming the major issue.
Of this political year this political campaign in fact it's going to be about contraception.
And that's going to be argued by the Catholic Church to remember.
Hispanic population which Republicans -- Are most of -- eight Catholic group of people.
-- earth will happen if you've got you've got the bishops calling for American Catholics doing gauge in Civil Disobedience.
If this law.
Stands as written our you know waiting for a Supreme Court decision on that president's health care law that could have.
It could could strike the -- doubt if it doesn't if the lost their hands.
You really did have Catholic priests and nuns out there.
To comply with this lot and what position does that put the -- -- -- -- and.
Remember having Thomas -- saint John Fisher I -- look at the history of Catholic Church.
About asking Catholic bishops Catholic -- to in fact go against their conscience.
And the -- United States -- -- Riviera.
After the fact these people would go against their courage it's yeah.
We're gonna -- -- it at the stake.
No it's not going to be -- anybody got a written every trying to beat the Catholic Church I don't know but -- picked the wrong fight.
For himself but the right fight for the Republican Party -- conservatives what.
You know that that the administration has to worry to some extent about you know the optics of this is wanting to go out there any enemies you know protesters whatever they get out of line people back in -- -- He got Catholic priests out there you got -- is out there.
And then you've got you know that folks who run Catholic hospitals -- institutions who are refusing who flat out refuse.
The rule of law.
Which is the one thing that binds us all together in this country Michael the rule of law lots a lots of -- of people don't like that they have to follow them.
Yeah we don't discuss recent signs on -- It's there's -- that freedom religion clause and the fact that.
You know the Catholic -- is living beyond that -- religion we have the right to do this within our organization we have the absolute right.
And and the fact is the people were were the American choose other places did.
Happened to work and I'll tell you something else my daughter in fact works for the Catholic school in Los Angeles and so -- many other young girls working Catholic schools.
There are ways around this if you want ways around it.
You can go to your doctor you can get a letter from your doctor he could take it to the insurance company and in fact the insurance company with a letter from the doctor will allow you.
If you wish to in fact get your birth control which you have to get a letter from your back.
Find -- I have to ask somebody about that government from from I had a from a Catholic institution saying.
Because that that -- some on the left have raised the issue that a lot of women take birth control for medical reasons noted regulate their cycles and so on.
And I asked whether that is objectionable to the Catholic Church to pay part and those circumstances the answer I was given was no that's okay.
It's you know when used as -- to prevent conception that's the issue for the Catholic Church.
Is there it is there are risk to the Catholic Church in doing this Michael because they struggled you know to keep.
Active membership to you know some people think the Catholic churches.
-- too rigid -- they've got issues with how they are with respect to women and their role in the power hierarchy is their risk that that that this will aggravate that.
Don't know I mean the real the reality is the Catholic Church.
Of all the religions is steadfast in their -- you know they are yesterday today and tomorrow.
And with other churches you don't always know that -- you do -- with the Catholic Church ignored the leadership is you know the stand that they take if you don't like it.
There's thousands and thousands of Protestant church adaptor that you could belong to but if you're Catholic and a practicing Catholic do you understand exactly.
Where the Catholic Church stands.
On this issue.
-- -- -- -- but they did change the words this year which is very confusing for all of us.
Already absolute -- I understand it's still -- -- -- -- -- -- by the way.
And with you spear and it is right and Johnson I'm glad I would think they can just.
The only the front you back up.
I think you're not a target to look at that new Latin -- really upset they would they would then push it until it flat but you don't know English did it -- I think she did on yet it's like they know they have mingle and every week Michael thank you.
I don't know I don't know you know this but my mother Jane Wyman was actually buried.
As a third degree not.
I don't know what that means I'm gonna go look right now pop up back at the Internet you know very -- And any super hot are right got to go Michael.