Catholic Action Report – Feb 2012

The U.S. Bishops issued a firm response this evening to the White House’s proposed “accommodation” to the HHS contraception mandate:
“Rescission as the only complete solution.” The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops remains unchanged: The president “has decided to retain HHS’s nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of sterilization and contraception, including some abortifacients,” the conference statement notes. “We cannot fail to reiterate this,” We note that today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services,” said the statement issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  “We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government. For example, we renew our call on Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. And we renew our call to the Catholic faithful, and to all our fellow Americans, to join together in this effort to protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all.”

The AOH is exploring a official Statement with the assistance of our Chaplin.  Be cognizant and of future emails on this subject (petitions and responses) If you do not receive my emails please let me know. Brothers it is time for Catholic Action. We have begun gather a good network of Priests that will assist us in growth both spiritually and membership

Saturday march 24 2012 will be the LAOH Heritage Mass at St Ann’s Keansburg NJ  Celebrated by Fr Dan Cahill- Please remember our connection to LAOH and our pledged support and commitment to work with the ladies.

Saturday Feb 25, 2012 Catholic Men For Jesus Christ conference ( The New Jersey State Board is a sponsor of this great event. Please consider joining the State Board and Catholic Men from around NJ for this enlightening day. Register online ASAP

This year’s Div 2 Monmouth Polar Bear Plunge raised over $103,000 for Catholic Schools. I ask that all divisions consider participating in the great Hibernian event.

Lent  begins on February 22, 2012 –  Ash Wednesday- Please remember our commitment to our faith

I want to thank all those who took a stance against the NJ Hall of Fame and the Thomas Nast issue.  Thank you especially to Sean Pender
and Sean Hughes for their outstanding persistence and speaking out on an issue that is extremely important to all Catholics. We cannot wait for the issues of our faith to blindside us, we need to be steadfast and educate ourselves on the issues at hand. We can not  be naïve and let issues like Nast not be brought up to the order and damage the order. Brothers we need to communicate and educate ourselves and each other, share news whether good or bad, easy or difficult. Communication is important, more important than ever, in these times of uncertainty, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act. “If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In our Motto,
Go mbeannaí Dia duit

John M. Keane Jr
Catholic Action Chairman