The declaration is a statement of Christian conscience in which the leaders reaffirm Christian morality and announce their intent to refuse to obey any and all future evil anti-life laws. They say:
"Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality. . . . We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's." [emphasis added]
On November 28, an L.A. Times editorial slammed the declaration. Wouldn't it be nice if Cardinal Mahony would slam the Times and defend the declaration and its signers? And...
Cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and priests are among the prominent signers of the Manhattan Declaration. So wouldn't it be nice if Cardinal Mahony and all our California bishops would sign it, too?