In 1918, a pitifully frightened and mentally challenged Irish immigrant named Mary McLoughlin died at age 68, in the Little Sisters of the Poor Home For The Aged in Brooklyn. Mary came to America with her family in 1870, but had to live with them all her life because she needed almost constant attention.
She never married and was always just a sweet loving aunt who spoke English heavily laced with a County Mayo accent. In 1918, during the height of the Great Flu Epidemic, the family she lived with had to make a painful decision. Since the breadwinner, who was my grandfather, was a stevedore who had thus far escaped becoming sick (by living in a warehouse with other dockworkers doing the same thing), my pregnant grandmother was unable to care for her three children and her Aunt Mary by herself. With nowhere else to turn, the family brought Mary to the Little Sisters Of The Poor and asked them to care for her. These selfless Catholic Nuns took Mary in as if she were their own aunt. No one who has had any contact with these wonderful women of God would be surprised to hear of this.
Now here we are almost 100 years later; and because of changing demographics, the Little Sister’s home in Brooklyn has closed. The Sisters have adapted and moved on. They have continued their work with no direct help from the government, which is as they want it. Nevertheless, those wonderful women who took Mary in a century ago would be shocked to hear their Order is now under attack from an anti-religion (and more to the point, anti-Catholic) Department of Justice.
The Little Sister’s focus is on the value and dignity of each person’s life. Yet the American government, under the guise of a law that we had to “pass to find out what was in it,” seeks to compel the Sisters to provide contraception and abortion services in their employee health insurance plans. More than this, despicable creatures of the Left have started referring to the Sisters as “weasels.” They cavalierly dismiss their defense against having to violate Catholic doctrine to satisfy a secular government as “absurd.” These creatures hate the Sisters for having the courage to fight back where so many others have just smiled and given in to the threats. The Department of Justice is claiming that the Little Sisters of The Poor are not entitled to an exemption because they are not religious enough.
The Sisters have won a stay of this edict granted on Dec. 31 by Justice Sotomayor. This fight is sure to go to the full Supreme Court. How it will be decided is uncertain, but what is clear is that this attack on Christian religious freedoms is unquestionably a glimpse of what Democrats will do once amnesty gives them total control of our government.
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