Matt C. Abbott
Priest experiences gay activists' 'tolerance'; Triune Health Group
By Matt C. Abbott
August 26, 2012

Father Gerald O'Reilly, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and devoted defender of the unborn, recently prayed the rosary among several homosexual activists who were picketing a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

As you can see in this video, the activists' behavior toward Father O'Reilly was nothing short of demonic. Not surprising, really. And it's interesting to note that those who preach tolerance are often some of the most intolerant people themselves. But this is nothing new.

I asked another staunchly pro-life and pro-family priest, Father Richard Perozich of the Diocese of San Diego, to comment on what transpired with Father O'Reilly.

Father Perozich's response:
    Tolerance for a Christian is an expression of love that holds a person to one's heart when that person is doing evil, praying that love will conquer and free the doer from the evil that dominates him.

    Tolerance according to current practice is a stepping stone begged by a minority of the majority that the latter accept the people where they are in their behavior, and not to call it evil. The second step is acceptance of the evil behavior. Step three is celebration of the evil behavior as good and normal, and even superior to what a Christian knows to be good. Step four is domination and oppression of all who disagree with the behavior.

    For us Christians, prayer to the Trinity is necessary to expel any evil from a person. After that, evil must be explicitly called what it in fact is: evil. The Christian who prophecies in the name of Jesus can expect then to suffer hate and loss of freedom, power, possessions, and prestige for the opposition to evil, sometimes even to the loss of the Christian's life in order to save himself and those who are overcome by evil.

Bravo, Triune Health Group!

From Thomas Ciesielka of TC Public Relations:
    Triune Health Group, recently named by Crain's Chicago Business as the Best Place to Work for Women in the Chicago metro area, filed suit yesterday in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Illinois Department of Insurance for a 'declaratory judgment' and injunction to prevent and stop an infringement of their civil rights. Christopher Yep, founder, president and CEO of the family-run business, along with Mary Anne Yep, co-founder, vice president and chief personnel officer, and the company as a whole, are suing the federal and state governments for violating their fundamental rights to religious liberty and free speech by requiring them to provide group insurance coverage of abortions, sterilization, and birth control for their employees.

    The Yeps, devoted Catholics, embrace a belief which is embedded in Triune's mission statement that each individual be 'treated with the human dignity and respect that God intended.' The Obamacare mandate, administered by HHS and the other federal agencies named in the lawsuit, as well as the Illinois insurance mandate, administered by Illinois' Department of Insurance, require the company to provide abortion-related and contraceptive coverage for its employees and their families, which imposes a gravely oppressive burden on the Yeps' deeply held religious beliefs.

    'The federal and state governments are coercing our clients to violate their conscientious convictions, which is completely at odds with the resounding declarations of our Founding Fathers and our modern Supreme Court jurisprudence,' said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, the national public interest law firm representing Triune and the Yeps, together with the Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project.

    'As a federal court ruled just last month in Colorado, no government official may impose such an insupportable burden on American citizens' deeply held religious beliefs without a compelling reason. But there is no compelling reason here, when so many other options are available for providing these services, which are fully compatible with Triune's corporate mission statement and the Yeps' religious beliefs,' said Brejcha.

    Sam Casey, managing director and general counsel for the Jubilee Campaign's Law of Life Project, also had high praise for the Yeps' courage in standing up for their fundamental rights, applauding the Yeps for 'taking a stand to defend their right to run their business in a way that does not conflict with their faith and religious conscience.'

    The Obama administration has defended forcing private employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception, with an argument that people of faith forfeit their religious liberties once they opt to engage in business. But last month, Colorado-based Hercules Industries and the Catholic family that owns and runs it won a federal injunction to suspend the Obama administration's mandate against that company. The newly filed Triune case also asserts the primacy of religious liberties and free speech on behalf of a private company and its owners, who view business as a form of religious stewardship and an integral part of their lives as faithful Roman Catholics.

    Triune Health Group has won public plaudits, not only as 'the best' employer for women, but also as an outstanding employer for everybody, having also placed very high on Crain's 2012 'Best Place to Work' list.

    The new lawsuit by Triune and the Yeps also names as defendants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron.

    A copy of the court filing is available here.

Food for thought, courtesy of Catholic author Steve Kellmeyer:
    Men in power, whether Democrat or Republican, want legal abortion.

    So do women in power. For as long as blood banks have been in business, we have known that nearly 30 percent of women have lied to their husbands about the paternity of 'their' children.

    Powerful men want to keep screwing women. Powerful women want to be screwed by powerful men. Neither group wants anyone else to know. Pregnancy and children are hard to keep secret. Well, they're hard to keep secret if they are alive. If the pregnancy is aborted and the children are dead, there's no problem.

    Have you ever noticed that one-in-three children are the result of cuckolding and one-in-three children are aborted? Funny how those statistics mesh so well....
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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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