Catholics, Obama, and the HHS Mandate: 16 Political Cartoons of 2012

Despite the enormous amount of protests and the arduous work of many Catholics and Catholic media companies to spread awareness about the HHS Mandate, President Obama still stands strong in the polls less than 40 days out from the election.

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Listers despite the enormous amount of protests and the arduous work of many Catholics and Catholic media companies to spread awareness about the HHS Mandate, President Obama still stands strong in the polls less than 40 days out from the election. The following collection is taken from various sources and composes only a fraction of the material available. Additionally, SPL has provided our introductory paragraph to our gallery of graphics addressing Holy Mother Church and the HHS Mandate.

Listers, the HHS mandate has jolted the soporific Catholic Church in America into action. We are at war. We are in a multi-front conflict that cannot be reduced to violations of religious liberty. The Church is calling the faithful to stand against the scourge of abortion, the unnatural and artificial recreation of marriage and family, and the inalienable right for Catholics to worship God in the mass and serve him in the poor according to the truth of the Gospels. As our world abandons God and natural law for the dictatorship of relativism, Holy Mother Church is calling us to defend the faith and to promote that which is natural and rational in man.

The following political cartoons are from the last year and pertain to the HHS Mandate and their contingent subjects. Please feel free to share these images and submit any that we missed.

 

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For an extensive treatment of Catholic politics please review SPL’s lists on the common good, the philosophy of law, and politics.

  • The Empire did all it could do to eliminate Christianity. The result was that the Empire became Christian. The Truth continues from generation to generation..

    • Tim

      The empire became Christian DESPITE persecution. Not as a result of it. The Empire became Christian as a result of war; assertion of will encapsulated by the grace of God’s desire. If we’re going to rely on the will of a modern populous to reverse the degeneration of civilization, I’m not very optimistic.

      • Maureen

        Persecution should have scared off the masses from Christianity, Tim. However, it drew people to the Faith. People listened to the tenets of the religion to find out what about Christianity was so important and moving that people were willing to be persecuted and martyred for their faith.

        • Tim

          Maureen: The idea that persecution made the faith valuable to the curiosities of the populous is a little silly. I agree that it was the message itself that sold the faith but persecution had nothing whatsoever to do with it. If that were the case, we’d see a repeat of that trend throughout history. Yet we don’t see that at all. The renaissance saw severe ridicule and persecution of Catholicism. England’s conversion, same thing. Reformation, same thing. How persecuted is the faith now, for instance? I’d argue it’s worse now than ever it was, with the culture, societal opinions, and now legislation all banding together to marginalize and delegitimize Catholicism. And are people becoming Catholic in droves now? No. And why? Because we no longer “sell” a message people want to buy. The message we’re selling now is a watered down Gospel, erroneous teachings or flawed representations of the truth faith because the faith isn’t taught effectively or fully, priests (by and large) won’t give strong homilies, and too many Catholics equate Catholicism with every other brand of Christianity, forgetting, or ignoring that Catholicism is EXCEPTIONAL. They therefor devalue their own faith, which leads them to practice it loosely, or to fall away entirely. I mean why buy a weak message when you can get the same nonsense as a secularist? People are indeed willing to be persecuted for their faith but they have to hold the faith in their hearts FIRST, before they cross such a threshold of devotion. That requires the teaching and propagation of the full integrity of the faith, not a watered down message that protects people’s feelings at the expense of their salvation.

          • Sue

            The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church. Tertullian

    • Arnie

      The Christians of the Roman Empire had a different, deeper spirituality, a unity of mind and a theology the espoused sacrifice and suffering. Your confidence is based on a premise
      comparing apples and oranges.

  • Kevin

    to Bill,,, AMEN!

  • Juan

    Tim there will always be war regardless of religion. Now and today many civilian companies profit from the business of war. Before Rome became christian, 1.6 million christians were executed in the arena. One of our earlier popes was sent to the arena to be eaten by lions.

  • Ruth

    We were willing to die for the Gospel (the Good News) of Christ against all the paganism and heresies of the time, during the persecutions from about 65-320 AD. From that willingness, we grew strong. Today, WE need to be willing to lay down our lives in both small and big ways. When we stand with God, no one can defeat us. They can only kill our bodies!

  • Allen Rutledge

    I believe that “Fr. Bill’s” comments are indicative of the decline in the Catholic clergy that we are witnessing world wide. How can a priest look at the blatant attacks on the Church and summarily dismiss them as business as usual a la decline of the Roman Empire? Yes Truth continues from generation, but where are our priests speaking out to defend it? Or, for that matter, where are Catholic lay people to defend it? It doesn’t look like the ascent of laypeople to distributing the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ has emboldened them enough to condemn the attacks on our Lord. Shame on us all!

    • Tim

      Allen: Agreed. It was the message that spread the faith, not persecution. Which is why in an age where the message is watered down, we’re seeing….. A) Not the massive influx of new Catholics we used to experience in the era of the Christening of the Empire B) Many new Catholics are—unfortunately—half-hearted Catholics, evangelized by a weak message. That’s not to say that all new/converted Catholics are half-hearted. Many are very, VERY devoted/orthodox. In any event, it’s about the evangelization, not about the persecution. As such, we need to step up our game and sell the TRUE faith, not the cushy faith.

  • CHANDLER ROREK

    these are a discrase to the catholic faith

  • John

    I am glad my church agrees that everyone must have affordable health care.

  • Baki

    These political comics are slightly disturbing. I know Catholics might not like birth control, but without the option of contraceptives it violates Civil Rights. The fact men are available to go around doing as they please and not women discriminates against gender. The freedom of religion is still allowed. Catholics don’t have to take contraceptives, but someone outside of the religion can if they please. //sigh// My opinion doesn’t matter though. :I