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Archbishop Naumann on CHA and Sr. Keehan March 17, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, General Catholic, Society.

The very good Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas has released a statement blasting, and I think that’s a fair word, CHA’s endorsement of Obamacare and its massive funding for abortion.   The good Archbishop’s thoughts on the matter are quite similar to mine…..I wonder if Sr. Keehan will fire off an emotional comment to him?

 I was deeply troubled to learn that Sister Carol Keehan, the Chief Executive for the Catholic Health Association has urged members of the House of Representatives to vote for the Senate Health Care Reform Bill. This action by the Catholic Health Association could not come at a more critical time….

The Catholic Health Association’s position, in effect, provides cover for any member of the House who chooses to buckle under the pressure of the President and the Democratic leadership to accept government funding of abortion. They can now defend themselves by pointing out that Catholic Health Care leaders recommended they vote for the bill.

The Catholic Health Association’s leadership took this action knowing that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to urge members of the House of Representatives to vote against the Senate Bill, unless a way is found to amend the bill to prohibit federal funding of abortion and provide conscience protection for health care professionals as well as health care institutions. The National Right to Life Committee, as well as every other creditable pro-life organization, recognizes that the Senate Bill allows for unprecedented government funding for abortion.

Sister Carol Keehan claims: “On the moral issue of abortion, there is no disagreement. On the technical issue of whether this bill prevents federal funding of abortions, we differ from Right to Life.” I find this statement by Sister Keehan either incredibly naïve or disingenuous. Either the bill permits previously prohibited government funding of abortion or not. This is not a technicality.

Go read the full statement.  I think the good Archbishop has been reading my blog, because his comments so closely mirror my own.  Sr. Keehan and CHA are being disingenuous, or dangerously naive, as are the publications that have rallied to her defense (America Magazine, Vox Nova, National Catholic Distorter, etc.).  The USCCB and most bishops agree.  I know there is a terrible temptation to subborn one’s faith to one’s political preferences, or at the least to unintentionally make the former align with the latter.  I have personally fought, and continue to fight, that temptation.  I pray that the leadership at CHA, and those who have come to their defense, will very prayerfully reconsider their support for this monstrosity.  Everyone wants great health care for every single person in this country, but we disagree on how to get there.  But allowing a massive increase in abortion, even if it is only a substantial risk of a huge increase in abortion funding, should be enough to make any faithful Catholic seriously question this pending legislation.  I pray that Sr. Keehan and her allies will realize how they are undermining the truly pro-life members of Congress, and how they are spreading error through their support of this very bad legislation.

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