I emailed the following letter to Bishop Soto's office (Diocese of Sacramento) this evening. We'll see what happens.
To: "Gloria Gentil, Executive Assistant to Bishop Soto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
cc: "Fidelina Duran-Spagnola, Executive Administrative Assistant" <email@example.com>,
"Mary Shoenberger, Executive Administrative Assistant" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: HHS Mandate - Raising money to help finance the resulting lawsuits
Most Rev. Jaime Soto and Ms. Gloria Gentil,
Concerning the HHS Mandate with the newly implemented health care system....
Thank you for your continuing efforts and leadership concerning the impending implementation of the troubling HHS mandate as it pertains to Catholic organizations and Catholic-owned for-profit businesses.
I was discussing this matter with some friends, and I received some positive feedback concerning a fundraising idea that could be used to raise a large amount of money to help finance this effort. My suggestion is that perhaps all of the Catholic bishops should consider a 2nd Sunday collection in every parish across the U.S. to help finance just these sorts of lawsuits.
Many businesses and religious organizations could be put out of business fighting such a legal battle on their own. If they knew that they could tap into some sort of general legal fund, it could make a huge difference in this ongoing battle with the current administration.
I think that a 2nd Sunday collection would really get the attention of the people in the pews. Who knows, maybe non-Catholic denominations would join in too. It seems to me that many millions of dollars could be raised rather instantly over a single weekend and it would be simple for a parishioner to contribute even a single dollar to the effort. I don't believe that this would run afoul of the tax-exempt status of religious organizations because the money would be used to support an issue (not a person). The 2nd Sunday collection is used to fund many worthy causes. What more worthy and urgent cause than the impending legal battles concerning the HHS mandate?
I just wanted to pass this idea along to you. Perhaps there is something productive that may come of it.
Thank you for your time an attention to this matter.
Parishioner - St. Theresa of Avila Parish, Auburn, CA
& small business owner