ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTS, THIS TIME IN THE North Dakota LEGISLATURE, ATTEMPT AGAIN TO BREAK THE SEAL OF THE CATHOLIC SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (CONFESSION)

  • NO. DAKOTA BILL TO BUST CONFESSIONAL WITHDRAWN
  • Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a victory for the Catholic League:
  • Once again state lawmakers attempted to bust the seal of the Confessional, and once again they withdrew their bill under pressure from the Catholic League. Two years ago it was California lawmakers who tried to violate our sacramental right. Last year it was Utah. This year it was North Dakota.Bill co-sponsor Sen. Judy Lee asked that the North Dakota bill be withdrawn. Inforum, a media outlet that covers the Fargo-Moorhead area, took note of the role of the Catholic League. “In a Jan. 20 letter, William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said that legislation to break the seal of the confessional was a ‘direct assault on our faith.’” To read my letter, click here.Grand Forks Herald also cited our campaign. We enlisted the support of our email base of supporters and they contacted Sen. Lee asking her to pull her bill. We also contacted all North Dakota lawmakers; we heard positive feedback from some of them.There is no evidence that victims of sexual abuse are being ignored by lawmakers because of the Catholic sacrament of Reconciliation. Ergo, bills that target the confessional are not only unconstitutional—a clear violation of the free exercise of religion encoded in the First Amendment—they do nothing to bring justice to minors who have been abused.

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1 Response to ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTS, THIS TIME IN THE North Dakota LEGISLATURE, ATTEMPT AGAIN TO BREAK THE SEAL OF THE CATHOLIC SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (CONFESSION)

  1. Matt Noah says:

    Our parish priest in Fargo spoke about the evil of Senate Bill 2180, from the pulpit. He made it clear that no priest in the Diocese would break the seal of the Confessional, even if 2180 were to become law. I contacted my 3 State legislators; 1 senator and 2 representatives. The senator, a Republican said he opposed the bill and that it would never pass. One of my 2 reps, a Republican, said she would never vote for it. The other rep, a Democrat, never responded to me.

    Our Bishop, John Folda, was outspoken against this Bill.

    The Bill was sponsored by 1-2 Republicans and about 6 Democrats. The ND legislature has Republican supermajorities, i.e, greater than 2/3 in each house are Republicans. All elected statewide office holders are Republican, i.e. 2 US Senators, 1 Congressman, Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, etc.

    Whether this Bill was a trial balloon or a real attempt, it was going NOWHERE. It died in less than a week after it was offered for consideration.

    North Dakota is as red as it gets in America.

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