I have a say because my parents chose to have seven children. It would have been more but for miscarriages. They sacrificed much but one of the most appreciated by all of us siblings is their choice to pay tuition (at a group rate, thank God) at a Catholic school in Houston for all 7 children for all 12 years, grades 1-12. The School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Carmelites had significant influence on our lives.
We have a say in many ways but one of the most important is political activism, voting if nothing else. (It goes unspoken that living our lives per our convictions is the most important). As I grew up, my parents seemed to be in the minority as they supported conservative philosophies and candidates, while many around us supported candidates and parties that saw it as the government's job to minister to the poor and disenfranchised. Certainly they have a role there but we have now seen the light at the end of the tunnel and unfortunately it is a freight train of government confiscation of our religious liberties coming straight at us. I pray that the bishops and the lay Catholics have awakened because the biggest mistake would be to think that all we have to do is convince this HHS secretary that this ruling is a violation of religious liberty. The complete law that many Catholic leaders supported is full of "as the HHS secretary shall determine". And do not be deluded into thinking that end of life decisions will not be an issue if the new health care law is allowed to stand.
If the game is on and the Catholic Church is going to really fight this intrusion of government in our religious lives, I stand by you as I walk to the ballot box to vote out every politician that voted for the health care reform law.
Hope to see you there.Thanks and God Bless You for fighting this fight.