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The debt-deal’s biggest loser? Bishops. August 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Specifically, Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany and Bishop Stephen Blair of Stockton, two of the most……..hmmmm……amenable bishops to the growth of government you will find in this country.  Ripping off CMR again, Pat Archbold blogs that the biggest losers in the ‘debt deal’ are the bishops:

It seems that just about nobody is happy about the debt deal.  Tea-partiers feel they lost.  Liberals feel they lost. The American people certainly lost and whether he feels that way or not, President Obama surely lost.  But there are others that also lost in this deal.  Others that many people would be surprised to see in a list of losers because of the debt deal, Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York.  And by extension, all the Bishops of the USCCB lost in this deal.

Americans may have lost a great opportunity to get our fiscal house in order, politicians may have lost their base or some political capital, but the bishops lost something even more precious—their credibility.

It is often appropriate and even necessary for bishops, either individually or collectively, to weigh in on important moral matters of the day and I am usually a cheerleader when they do. Matters of grave importance could and should prompt bishops to weigh in on politics to make sure that inviolable principles are not violated.  The basic rights to life and liberty come to mind.

So in this vein, when many bishops weighed in on Obamacare and the plan to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars, some bishops rightfully spoke up to defend life.  That is a principle worth defending.  But when bishops speak up to defend federal programs from having the future rate of growth cut in extremely modest ways as a way to just begin to address the serious issue of runaway debt (which is also a moral problem,) the bishops do themselves and their confreres a disservice.

This is exactly what the Bishops of Stockton and Albany did when they issued a “pastoral” letter on this topic using Democrat talking points.

A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons. It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.

Chuckie Schumer couldn’t have said it better.  What does that tell you?

When Bishops use their God-given office to defend baseline budgeting for programs of dubious value paid for by money we do not have, they destroy their credibility.  Further, when the whole house of cards comes crashing down, and it certainly will if we continue to follow the advice of these bishops, I can assure you that the poor will be hurt worst of all. And all the talking points in the world won’t do anything to help them then.

I totally agree.  That is my great fear regarding this nation’s unsustainable debt – by continuing the path of unconstrained growth and ridiculous debt, we face the rapidly growing risk of complete economic implosion that will cause the poor to suffer by far the most, but drag down many more people into poverty.  Bishops Hubbard and Blair call for higher taxes, but no matter how high taxes are set, government almost never takes in more than 19% of GDP in revenue – see graphic below. If taxes are raised, businesses and individuals change behavior to shield monies from taxation.  And you can gut military and all other ‘discretionary’ spending and we still face a massive, growing, unsustainable debt.  The only way to reduce the debt is to cut entitlement (wealth transfer) spending, and that is what Hubbard, Blair, and the apparatchiks at the USCCB find so “un-Catholic.”  That much of the revenue for most Catholic charities comes from the programs Hubbard and the USCCB are trying to protect is of course natural, but as Dr. Jeff Mirus and I said yesterday, is really part of the core problem in the Church.  The Church, especially in this and other western countries, has made a devil’s bargain with government – give us lots of money, and we’ll surrender more and more of our God-given rights and areas of influence to the state.  That is harsh, but that is the core of it, and the prime reason why the Church has all but evaporated in Europe.  I pray that does not come to pass here.

Our first muslim president? August 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, scandals, sickness, Society.
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…….Barack Hussein Obama, saw fit to issue a statement marking the beginning of ramadan (as well as inaugurating a gay and lesbian month), but made no statement regarding Easter this year, or ever.  This guy went to a supposedly ‘christian’ church for twenty years (albeit one with a rather bizarre take on catechesis) – I don’t think it took:

President Barack Obama on Monday issued a statement marking the start of Ramadan, the month devoted to prayer and fasting in the Muslim religion.

“As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world,” the statement reads. “Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere.”

Obama did not issue a statement marking Easter this year, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about it during a press conference on April 25.

“You guys traditionally put out statements or proclamations on various religious holidays and I don’t think I saw one from the president on Easter yesterday and was just wondering if there’s any reason one didn’t go out?” a reporter asked.

This may or may not matter much, but I don’t think it a stretch to say that this president has taken many actions which are in stark contrast to previous self-identified Christian presidents, and has certainly embraced islam in a way no other president ever has.  Is it just his multi-culti left outlook, or does he harbor great love for islam, or is he muslim?  We’ll likely find out a great deal more about this man in 2013 or 2017, once he leaves office and the press takes the great big filter off his past. 

As for me……I think he is in essence a muslim.  His “church” in Chicago was heavily influenced by radical marxism and ‘nation of islam’ types – I think his views are a mishmash of the two, at core.

They beat me to it! August 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, sickness, Society.
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I planned on posting this yesterday, but I had so many other good things I never got a chance, and now those twins of minority reporting, Matt and Pat Archbold, beat me to it!

What every pro-choice ‘christian’ must believe:

Catholic Health Association offers double talk on contraception mandate August 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society.
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As was predicted by many, Obamacare is rapidly turning into a vehicle to advance various shibolleths of the left, two of the most important which are “free” contraception and abortions for all.  The contraception shoe was the first to drop, with the dour pro-abort Kathleen Sebelius of the Obama Administration claiming that ALL insurance plans must cover contraception, including abortifacient contraception, including insurance plans offered by religious entities like Catholic hospitals. 

During the run-up to the passage of Obamacare, Obama and congressional dems had no better friend than the Catholic Health Association (CHA) and their appointed leader, Sr. Carol Keehan.  In point of fact, Obamacare would not have passed except for the critical cover given by CHA and apostate religious sisters, which allowed ostensibly pro-life democrat members of Congress to vote for Obamacare by claiming it was endorsed by the Church, when it was in fact opposed by most bishops and every pro-life group.  Repeatedly during the Obamacare debate, CHA maintained that Obamacare would have ‘robust conscience clause’ protections to insure that the Church and others committed to the sanctity of life would not have to pay for contraception, abortifacients, or outright abortion, in spite of the fact that every single reputable pro-life group claimed that the conscience clauses were worthless.  Well, now that Obamacare is being implemented, ALL insurance carriers must fund contraception, including abortifacients, and CHA is whining rather duplicitously “but, but but…….you promised there would be exemptions for US!:”

The Catholic Health Association (CHA)–which broke with the nation’s bishops by supporting health-care legislation passed in March 2010–has expressed its concern about a new mandate that requires private insurers to provide women with coverage for FDA-approved contraception.

A “religious employer” is exempt from the requirement only if it “primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets”– effectively preventing Catholic hospitals from making use of the exemption.

“CHA is very concerned about the inadequacy of the conscience protections with respect to the coverage of contraception,” the organization stated. “As it stands, the language is not broad enough to protect our Catholic health providers. Catholic hospitals are a significant part of this nation’s health care, especially in the care of the most vulnerable. It is critical that we be allowed to serve our nation without compromising our conscience.”

Hey CHA, guess what?  Obama doesn’t care about your little “conscience clause” concerns now – he has what he wanted, a vehicle for socializing a huge sector of the US economy, and he doesn’t need you anymore.  He’s going to try to appeal to his base, which is alot more than just little CHA, by insuring that those elements of their faith system most sacrosanct are implemented, and nothing is more sacrosanct to today’s secular left than “free” contraception and abortion.  The abortion shoe hasn’t dropped, yet, but it will – the Obama administration will demand that abortion be covered as another ‘preventative’ health service for women, like contraception.  And, soon, unless Obamacare is somehow stopped (increasingly unlikely), the Church will have the choice of either funding contraception or paying fines and no longer providing insurance for its employees.  What a splendid position you put the Church in!  Thanks! 

CHA and Sister Keehan, don’t say you weren’t warned – the bishops tried to tell you that Obamacare would lead to mandates for contraception, pro-life groups tried to tell you, bloggers tried to tell you, but you held myopically to your vision of that other shibolleth of the left – “free” health care for all!  You chose that over the guidance of the Church and the clear evidence in the bill that became Obamacare. 

It’s rather late to whine now.

D’OH!  Much more here.  Keehan actually came out saying that this mandate does NOT include abortifacients, which, in the words of CMR, is a “shocking and disgusting untruth.”  Every other outlet has reported that the most offensive aspect of the mandate is that it DOES force coverage of the abortifacient drug, “Ella,” that causes the death and loss of an implanted embryo – also known as an early abortion.  This isn’t even in the realm of possible confusion.  This is nothing but pathetic partisan pandering (alliteration!). 

She just can’t stop shilling for this guy.  It must be the pant crease.

This picture…… August 3, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Interior Life, Latin Mass.
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…….is what it is all about.  For all the hassles and effort and disappointment and failures – all that fades away in the light of this moment of sublime perfection:

From a TLM conference in Poland, via Rorate Caeli.  Glorious!