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Retired Texas bishop endorses Senate health bill

March 18, 2010

Breaking with his brother bishops, Bishop John McCarthy has endorsed Senate health care reform legislation.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and two other bishops wrote recently that the legislation would “expand federal participation in abortion, require people to pay for other people's abortions, and refuse to incorporate essential conscience protections.” Bishop McCarthy, however, told the Associated Press that taxpayers would not pay for abortions under the Senate bill. “Let's not kill [the legislation] at this crucial moment,” said Bishop McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1986 until his retirement at age 70 in 2001.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 18, 2010 8:17 PM ET USA

    This was surely the second-most liberal bishop in Texas during his tenure. Thank God he's not leading Austin any more. Vocations are recovering there.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 18, 2010 5:58 PM ET USA

    Thank God this bishop is retired!

  • Posted by: singer - Mar. 18, 2010 10:34 AM ET USA

    This demonstrates why forced retirements of bishops are a good thing. A very good thing....

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Mar. 18, 2010 8:55 AM ET USA

    A little ironic that he used the word "kill," isn't it?