Health care debate reaches full steam in the Catholic press

Thanks to the immediacy of our Twitter feed, this morning we saw an incredible storm of discussion just within the Catholic press among our clients in the Catholic press on the health care measure being considered by Congress. In just a couple hours there was:

– A tweet of a blog post from Our Sunday Visitor headlined “Speaking out against the dissenters.” It called yesterday’s announcement by women religious supporting the health care bill discouraging but added that “fortunately the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious have countered that with a statement of their own, affirming their support for the U.S. bishops’ position.”

– An editorial in the National Catholic Reporter endorsing the health care bill. On the newspaper’s Twitter feed the editorial was summarized this way: “Congress, and its Catholics, should say yes to health care reform.”

Another blog post, this time by The Catholic Key in Kansas City, Mo., quoting Bishop Robert W. Finn’s criticism of the Catholic Health Association for endorsing the health care bill. Headlined “Bishop Finn Says CHA Diminishes Catholic Solidarity,” the post excerpts a speech Bishop Finn gave yesterday calling on the CHA to “loudly and publicly” reverse their “permissive stance” on the Senate bill.

One more blog post, this one from the National Catholic Register, titled “Catechism vs. Health Care Reform.” It notes that the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls health care a right but argues that “the health care bill before Congress right now falls afoul of that catechism directive in two fundamental ways.”

Also this morning, the USCCB issued a news release, “U.S. Bishops Provide Resources Explaining Flaws In Senate Health Care Bill.” The release summarizes and links to several USCCB documents outlining the bishops’ objections to the measure, such as the concerns the bishops have about the funding of abortion at community health centers.

Surely this debate will keep on rolling until the final vote, and beyond.

UPDATE: Shortly after this item was posted, John Norton at Our Sunday Visitor questioned whether 59,000 nuns were actually represented in yesterday’s statement of women religious, and then Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB issued a news release saying the figure was “far off the mark.”

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