hail the bipartisan bishops
The US bishops lobbied long and hard on the health-care reform issue, to no avail. Now it's time for a post-mortem.
Conservative Republicans were never with the USCCB, since the bishops were enthusiastically in favor of the overall goals of Obamacare, which conservatives could not countenance.
Liberal Democrats were never with the USCCB, since the liberal ideology requires unfettered access to abortion with public subsidies.
So who was with the USCCB? Good question. After reiterating the bishops' reasons for opposing the final legislation, a USCCB statement issued by Cardinal Francis George addressed those allies:
As bishops, we wish to recognize the principled actions of the pro-life Members of Congress from both parties, in the House and the Senate, who have worked courageously to create legislation that respects the principles outlined above. They have often been vilified and have worked against great odds.
When they bishops say that they want to "recognize" those legislators, in this case they must be saying that they'd like to see them. Because, you see, they're invisible.
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Posted by: robert.bennett1514 -
Mar. 31, 2010 1:02 PM ET USA
Our shepherds? Well, they are like the guardian of the flock, the boy who DIDN'T cry wolf, until the wolves had devoured most of the flock. Suddenly awake, they scream out now in panic - WOLF, WOLF! But there is only a remnant left to hear..... much less to obey.
Posted by: FredC -
Mar. 31, 2010 10:23 AM ET USA
Let's call for a survey: How many bishops voted for Obama and what percent of the bishops' staffs voted for Obama. They seem to be Democrats first, Catholics second.
Posted by: Louise01 -
Mar. 30, 2010 11:08 PM ET USA
The USCCB BETRAYED Catholics and all Americans. They are the experts on theology but they are NOT medical doctors! The Catholic Medical Assn opposed Obamacare because of interference between relationship of doctor and patient. USCCB NEVER mentioned subsidiarity
Posted by: voxfem -
Mar. 30, 2010 9:03 PM ET USA
The bishops did point out other problems with the bill. The letter written by Cardinal DiNardo, Bishop Murphy, and Bishop Wester to the Washington Post is linked on the USCCB site. http://usccb.org/healthcare/official_documents.shtml#letters It doesn't deal with subsidiarity but that's an idea which will be increasingly important as we continue into this presidency. We need to pray for all the bishops and "cry out to the Lord" to save us.
Posted by: Frodo1945 -
Mar. 30, 2010 7:11 PM ET USA
Lucius49 is right. What about the huge debt this country is now laying on the back of my kids and grandkids? There is something greviously wrong with that picture too. Not to mention the mandate on all Americans to buy insurance. There goes more of our liberty.
Posted by: Savonarola -
Mar. 30, 2010 7:10 PM ET USA
Sorry, Lucius. Most of these episcopal mediocrities have never heard the word SUBSIDIARITY even though it's explained in some book called the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Posted by: Hal -
Mar. 30, 2010 2:53 PM ET USA
He's probably referring to the courageous, pro life Catholic Democrats who provided such effective witness to their faith and its universal truths by voting against the massive expansion of the abortion franchise. Oh, wait a minute........
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Mar. 30, 2010 2:21 PM ET USA
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George is an amazing tight rope walker and fence straddler almost without a peer. My only concern for those who try and match his deft handling of two contradictory positions is that their eternity might be spent with one half of their person in bliss and the other in the infernal tanning parlor. Bummer!
Posted by: Lucius49 -
Mar. 30, 2010 1:41 PM ET USA
Abortion wasn't the only issue the bishops should have been concerned about with the current health care bill. They should have been concerned about other points of Catholic doctrine like that of subsidiarity and the teachings against encroachments on personal property. The statement is out of touch with political reality especially since there is an unwillingness to deal with Catholic pro-abortion pols almost always Democrats.