Back then, “human rights” were rights of humans, of individuals — and restraints upon the king: They’re the rights that matter: limitations upon kingly power. Eight centuries later, we have entirely inverted the principle: “Rights” are now gifts that a benign king graciously showers upon his subjects — the right to “free” health care, to affordable housing, the “right of access to a free placement service” (to quote the European Constitution’s “rights” for workers). The Democratic National Committee understands the new school of rights very well: In its recent video, Obama’s bureaucratic edict is upgraded into the “right to contraception coverage at no additional cost.” And, up against a “human right” as basic as that, how can such peripheral rights as freedom of conscience possibly compete?
The latest from Mark Steyn. And I blogged about this before, how a personal right is evolving from permission to provision. The all-powerful "right" of a human being within a collective will eventually trump an individual's right to practice their faith.
I do not think any Catholic has the liberty to ignore what is happening now and not educate themselves, both as to the current news but also to study of history as the prediction to where we are going. It pains me to think there will be Catholics - like Danica Patrick, who is mentioned in the article as saying, "I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans," which is contrary to the Church's teaching on free will and the choice we have to make between bad and good (would she have said the same thing in 1939 as the Nazis invaded Poland?) - who will become stooges of the state, and naive Bishops who will lead them, and ready to sacrifice their fellow Catholics out of their own fear that we mustn't "upset" people. We see it already in persons like Nancy Pelosi and "Sister" Joan Chittister (and support of abortion does indeed, literally and graphically, sacrifice fellow humans).
Woe be to them when they have to answer for that before God.