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Archbishop Chaput on ‘bad bill’ March 24, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Society.

The great Archbishop Chaput of Denver has weighed in on the health insurance wealth transfer legislation, and finds it wanting.  Regarding the bill itself:

First, the bill passed by the House on March 21 is a failure of decent lawmaking.  It has not been “fixed.”  It remains unethical and defective on all of the issues pressed by the U.S. bishops and prolife groups for the past seven months.

The bishop gives some reasons why the bill was passed, but then he comes to the cover given by ‘Catholic’ organizations to formerly pro-life politicians who voted in favor of this bill, which will expand abortion to heretofore unseen levels in this nation.  While the Archbishop dismisses the efforts of groups like ‘Catholics United’ and ‘Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good,’ which in reality consist of a handful (literally from 2 to 10 members) of people who are paid DNC apparichiks and who have no interest in being faithful to the Church, he is disgusted by the actions of the Catholic Health Association, CHA:

….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.

Thus Sister Keehans’s pen.   I don’t know if this is the start of a general backlash against CHA from the bishops.  Archbishop Chaput is unusually clear and forthright in his proclamation of Catholic teaching and the expectations he has for Catholic organizations to adhere to that teaching.  Cardinal George, head of the USCCB, was already politicking in comments today, and certainly did not give the impression of any impending moves from the bishops to insist on better obedience from nominally Catholic groups.  If there are any efforts, that will take time. 

I do think the bishops would be advised to develop a plan for how they plan to deal with nominally Catholic institutions that trade, and make a great deal of money, from the Catholic name, but who have agendas that run counter to the doctrine of the Church.  We have truly turned a corner here.  If this legislation stands in its present form, the threats to innocent life in this country will grow more and more grave with every day that passes.  And, politicians will be looking for ‘catholic’ groups to give them cover when their votes in the halls of power directly contradict the teachings of the Church they profess to love.  94% of ‘Catholics’ in Congress voted for this health insurance wealth transfer bill, and those ‘Catholics’ will continue to ‘vote their consciences’ against the clear doctrine of the Church for as long as they think they can get away with it utterly scot free.  Will the bishops recognize the threat this poses not only to innocent life, but to the life of the Church in this nation?  Can they see where this is all headed?  I pray that they will discover the awesome threat that has been unleashed, and work quickly to insist that all Catholic institutions adopt a unified front in promoting the true message of Christ and His Church.

Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture has more.

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