On eve of health care vote, bishops weigh in

On Saturday evening the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following news release:

Bishops to House of Representatives: Fix Flaws or Vote No on Health Reform Bill

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops urged the House of Representatives to fix flaws in health care legislation or vote against its passage in a March 20 letter to House members. The letter was signed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chair on the Committee on Migration. The letter follows.

Dear Representative:

(Click here for full release)

6 Responses

  1. I will add that if the Senate bill is passed that is what will become law and the fact that a package of amendments may also be passed it is extremely doubtful whether they will ever, in fact, be adopted. To trust that they will is wishful thinking. The correct strategy is to start over. I will add that had the leadership not insisted on the deadlines they demanded and had treated this bill like any other and gone into conference for the resolution of differences the present difficulties would have been avoided. But as it is, no law is better than a bad law.

  2. I pray that America will be able to survive the changes that are being made by this administration. It would be superb to have true health insurance reform; as it is, the federal government is using this issue to grab control of a greater part of our lives and freedom and all good people will rue the day if this bill is enacted into law.

  3. Now that this immoral law has been passed, what actions are the U.S. bishops taking against those responsible? When is “Sister” Carol Keehan going to be removed from her position as the head of the “Catholic Health Association” and expelled from her religious order? When is excommunication going to be declared for the “nuns” on Leadership Conference of Women Religious? When are Pelosi, Stupak, and all the “Catholic” politicians who promoted and voted for this legislation going to publicly and individually excommunicated?

  4. Expulsion for Pelosi, Stupak and other such “Catholic” politicians can only be done by their individual local Bishop and I doubt that any of them have the will to do so.

  5. I don’t think anyone is going to be excummunicated or fired. I doubt if anything approaching that will be done. I just wish the Bishops would speak up against organizations like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. According to a Catholic News Agency these “Catholic” organizations opposed restriction of abortion funding on government subsidized plans including the language of the Stupek amendment. I’m afraid that unless those organizations are brought to task there will be an increasing schism in the Church. The Church would be wise to look for the influence of dissident Priests and Religious in these organizations and bring it to a halt. These influences are felt at the level of the local faith community.

  6. Yes, there certainly do need to be firings and excommunications. Heretical groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good are evil but, in comparison with CHA, they are cyphers. Here is what Archbishop Chaput had to say only yesterday —

    Archbishop Chaput lamented the harm done by “self-described ‘Catholic’ groups,” that “ have done a serious disservice to justice, to the Church, and to the ethical needs of the American people by undercutting the leadership and witness of their own bishops.” He noted that for “groups like Catholics United, this is unsurprising. In their effect, if not in formal intent, such groups exist to advance the interests of a particular political spectrum. Nor is it newsworthy from an organization like Network, which – whatever the nature of its good work — has rarely shown much enthusiasm for a definition of ‘social justice’ that includes the rights of the unborn child.”

    However, he continued, “the actions of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in providing a deliberate public counter-message to the bishops were both surprising and profoundly disappointing; and also genuinely damaging.

    “In the crucial final days of debate on health-care legislation, CHA lobbyists worked directly against the efforts of the American bishops in their approach to members of Congress. The bad law we now likely face, we owe in part to the efforts of the Catholic Health Association and similar ‘Catholic’ organizations.”

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