Pelosi, Saint Joseph and the Catholic Medical Association

Friday, March 19, 2010 \PM\.\Fri\.

Yeah, the Lying Worthless Political Hack, aka Nancy Pelosi, actually does invoke Saint Joseph in her effort to pass the pro-abort Senate version of ObamaCare, and she also throws in the sisters and nuns who have lent their support to passing this bill.  Invoking Saint Joseph, who initially wanted to release the pregnant Mary from her betrothal to him quietly so as to protect her and the unborn child she carried from stoning, on behalf of a pro-abort bill plums new depths for the Lying Worthless Political Hack.  Of course, she can’t even keep feast days straight.  As Ed Morrissey of Hot Air points out, and a hattip to him, this is of course not the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, which is May 1, but this is not the first time that the Lying Worthless Political Hack has things Catholic all fouled up. Catholicism for the Lying Worthless Political Hack is merely something to use on occasion as a political prop and not something to live by.

As Ed Morrissey mentions, the Catholic Medical Association has issued a statement today in strong opposition to the Senate version of ObamaCare.  Here is the statement:

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A Solemnity on a Lenten Friday

Friday, March 19, 2010 \AM\.\Fri\.

Today, March 19, 2010, is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary; it is also a Friday during the season of Lent. According to Canon Law 1251, the obligation to abstain from meat is lifted, therefore it is permissible to eat meat today or voluntarily observe Lenten abstinence on Fridays.

Have a blessed Feast of Saint Joseph!


Should Catholic Hospitals Remain Tax Exempt?

Friday, March 19, 2010 \AM\.\Fri\.

On the heels of the Catholic Health Association’s endorsement of Obamacare comes another precedent-setting decision affecting Catholic hospitals and other institutions.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Catholic hospital in downstate Urbana is not entitled to exemption from local property taxes because, among other things, it failed to devote enough of its resources to charity care of patients:

Provena Covenant Medical Center, one of six hospitals in the Provena Health system, had fought for six years to regain the tax exemption stripped from it in 2003 by a local tax board. Since then the hospital has been paying more than $1 million per year in local property taxes. The case was being watched by Catholic hospitals around the nation because of its precedent setting potential, and the Catholic Health Association intervened in the case.

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Representative Anh “Joseph” Quang Cao-Hero

Friday, March 19, 2010 \AM\.\Fri\.

Expecting heroism from politicians is rather like expecting chastity from prostitutes:  you are almost certain to be disappointed.  Therefore when a politician signs his own political death warrant on a matter of principle, attention should be paid.

Representative Anh “Joseph” Quang Cao is the Congressman representing the second congressional district of Louisiana.  His district is in New Orleans and is overwhelmingly Democrat in voter composition.  He is there by virtue of defeating the unbelievably corrupt  former Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson.

When ObamaCare came up in the House he was the lone Republican to vote for it.  Now he is  a no vote.  Lifesite News explains why:

He said he could only vote for the bill if the abortion funding were removed, which Democrats have refused to do.

He said he has been flooded with calls and emails but will vote his conscience.

“We have people knocking at our doors, we have groups coming in, lobbying,” he said. “It comes down to me and my own conscience and that’s what I have to deal with.”

“We do need some kind of health care reform to assist many people in the district,” he said. “But again, my decision to support the health care bill cannot contradict my conscience.”

Obama on Wednesday met with Cao and asked him to take a new look at the abortion language in the bill — something Cao promised he would do.

“He’s asked if I would restudy the Senate language and that I would approach it with an open mind. And I promised that I would go back and study the Senate language again,” Cao said, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune.

“He fully understands where I stand on abortion, and he doesn’t want me to vote against my conscience because he, like me, believes that if we were to vote against our conscience, our moral values, there is really nothing left for us to defend,” Cao said. “I’m glad that the president is very understanding. He really shows his own moral character.”

“He did not whip me on the vote,” he said.

Where Cao stands is firmly against abortion funding — which is clearly a part of the Senate health care bill.

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