…self-described Catholic groups…

Hattip to my friend Jay Anderson at Pro Ecclesia.  Archbishop Charles Chaput minces no words in condemning the role certain “Catholic” groups played in the passage of ObamaCare.  My emphasis added to portions of his column:

As current federal health-care legislation moves forward toward law, we need to draw several lessons from events of the last weeks and months:

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.

Second, the Executive Order promised by the White House to ban the use of federal funds for abortion does not solve the many problems with the bill, which is why the bishops did not — and still do not – see it as a real solution.  Executive Orders can be rescinded or reinterpreted at any time.  Some current congressional leaders have already shown a pattern of evasion, ill will and obstinacy on the moral issues involved in this legislation, and the track record of the White House in keeping its promises regarding abortion-related issues does not inspire confidence. The fact that congressional leaders granted this one modest and inadequate concession only at the last moment, and only to force the passage of this deeply flawed bill, should give no one comfort.

Third, the combination of pressure and disinformation used to break the prolife witness on this bill among Democratic members of Congress – despite the strong resistance to this legislation that continues among American voters – should put an end to any talk by Washington leaders about serving the common good or seeking common ground. Words need actions to give them flesh.  At many points over the past seven months, congressional leaders could have resolved the serious moral issues inherent in this legislation.  They did not.  No shower of reassuring words now can wash away that fact.

Fourth, self-described “Catholic” groups have done a serious disservice to justice, to the Church, and to the ethical needs of the American people by undercutting the leadership and witness of their own bishops.  For groups like Catholics United, this is unsurprising.  In their effect, if not in formal intent, such groups exist to advance the interests of a particular political spectrum.  Nor is it newsworthy from an organization like Network, which – whatever the nature of its good work — has rarely shown much enthusiasm for a definition of “social justice” that includes the rights of the unborn child.

But 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.

Here in Colorado, many thousands of ordinary, faithful Catholics, from both political parties, have worked hard over the past seven months to advance sensible, legitimate health-care reform; the kind that serves the poor and protects the rights of the unborn child, and immigrants, and the freedom of conscience rights of health-care professionals and institutions.  If that effort seems to have failed, faithful Catholics don’t bear the blame.  That responsibility lies elsewhere. I’m grateful to everyone in the archdiocese who has worked so hard on this issue out of love for God’s people and fidelity to their Catholic faith.  Come good or bad, that kind of effort is never wasted.

Bravo to the Archbishop.  He stated a fact that too many Catholics have danced around for too long.  When it comes to abortion there are plenty of “Catholic” groups that are fully enlisted on the side of the culture of death.  The first step to fixing a problem is to recognize that there is a problem.  Archbishop Chaput, in blunt language, has taken the first step to fixing this problem.

11 Responses to …self-described Catholic groups…

  1. Brian English says:

    In his discussion in Jesus of Nazareth of the temptation to turn stones into bread, B16 explains why Western aid to developing countries has failed to end the suffering there. The reasoning presented in that discussion also explains why the efforts of Catholic groups that supported the healthcare bill are doomed to failure:

    “The German Jesuit Alfred Delp, who was executed by the Nazis, once wrote: ‘Bread is important, freedom is more important, but most important of all is unbroken fidelity and faithful adoration.’

    When the ordering of goods is no longer respected, but turned on its head, the result is not justice or concern for human suffering. The result is rather ruin and destruction even of material goods themselves. When God is regarded as a secondary matter that can be set aside temporarily or permanently on account of more important things, it is precisely these supposedly more important things that come to nothing.


    The issue is the primacy of God. The issue is acknowledging that he is a reality, that he is the reality without which nothing else can be good. History cannot be detached from God and then run smoothly on purely material lines. If man’s heart is not good, then nothing else can turn out good, either. And the goodness of the human heart can ultimately come only from the One who is goodness, who is the Good itself.”

    [Jesus of Nazareth, pages 33-34].

  2. RL says:

    I’m sure she’ll cherish that holy relic. Probably already commissioned a golden reliquary to be crafted.

  3. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Why Sister Kehaan it profits not a woman to gain the entire world and lose her soul. But for a pen?

  4. Jim says:

    I’d sell the pen on EBay (after sanitizing it) and give the money to a crisis pregnancy center.

  5. Don the Kiwi says:

    What a hard faced old cow. That face would break nails. Definitely 70’s radical feminism.

  6. Phillip says:

    I don’t think there’s any chance of fixing the problem as long as the USCCB itself continues to make the “seamless garment’ argument. If all moral issues are equally important then abortion and not having health care are equal issues. (This doesn’t even take into account that abortion is an intrinsic evil while the specific solutions to health care are prudential judgments.) Then giving up on one to solve another is appropriate. The USCCB needs to clarify its thinking.

  7. Donna V. says:

    And of course, secular leftists who normally will spew hatred of the Church at the drop of a hat have adopted Sr. Kehaan and Co. as mascots. I’ve seen “a group of Catholic nuns support the healthcare plan” bandied about in any number of blog threads when someone expresses opposition to federally funded abortions. Not that they really care what a “group of Catholic nuns” think, but hey, it’s always nice for the left when a bunch of useful idiots jump on their bandwagon. They can always be thrown off later.

  8. Donald R. McClarey says:

    “They can always be thrown off later.”

    Useful idiots always have a short shelf life when their usefulness comes to an end.

  9. lisamom says:

    The problem is that preventing abortion was not at the top of the list. There were favors, deals and appointments to be given out to Congress members. Maybe Catholic health care was more interested in federal money to help with the costs of illegals. Maybe some Bishops and liberal Catholic organizations were more interested in care and amenesty for illegals. Unions wanted deals for union members. The voice of the unborn which was represented in the emails, phone calls, protesters and prayers were ignored. The cost was ignored. The struggling Catholic family was ignored and the cost of government is going to get very expensive for them. Seniors were ignored and their services will be greatly curtailed. Doctors, businesses, city, county and some states warned about the cost and inefficiency. The agendas of those who are suppose to be representing us are not acting in our best interests.

  10. afl says:

    It is truly a sad day, when a group of Nuns could not say no and manimulated the system for their own personal agenda to sponsor a bill that will add to the kiiling of the unborn, and like Eve said yes to Satan, and could not emulate Mary, as on this day we celebrate he Solemnity of the Annnunciation of the Lord, and recognize the Yes that Our Blessed Mother, Mary, gave to our Lord.

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