By COLE AVERY
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Parishioners of the Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church led a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Port Isabel Thursday as a sign of public religious freedom.
Rev. James Erving, who led the procession, said his church was demonstrating its right to practice religion, something he said was being threatened by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
“In the Affordable Care Act, there’s a failure to protect religious conscious,” Erving said. “It’s the federal government telling us if we’re going to provide medical services, we have to do it their way.”
Erving said provisions in Obamacare go against Catholic teaching. The act says medical institutions have to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs, which Erving said violates Catholic beliefs.
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