Breaking news: some of the American Catholic Bishops are in disagreement with President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress, over their proposals for healthcare legislation. Not surprisingly, the Bishops are concerned because the proposals allow for taxpayer funded abortions.
But is this the only thing that the Catholic Bishops – and other intelligent, rational people of faith – should find appalling with “Obamacare” as it is currently being formulated? In other words, if abortion funding were to be eliminated from the Obamacare plans, would the American Catholic Bishops then decide that Obamacare is great?
Last Thursday, Bishop William Murphy, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Bishop John Wester published yet another letter urging the Congress to “improve” the current healthcare legislation. They also expressed their “disappointment that progress has not been made on the three priority criteria for healthcare reform” that they had cited in their previous letters.
Among the Bishop’s “priority criteria” for American healthcare are the following points: that no one should be forced to pay for or participate in an abortion, that healthcare should be affordable and available to the poor and vulnerable, and that “the needs of legal immigrants are met.” Taken individually, each of these “criteria” is fine, so far as it goes. But attempting to attach these agenda items to President Obama’s plans for a government take-over of the healthcare industry and the medical profession is, at best, a huge mistake, and at worst, irrational.
As for ensuring that nobody be forced to fund or participate in an abortion, the Bishops should certainly stand their ground on this. And while the Catholic Church (as well as most other Christian churches) officially states its believe in the “sanctity of the unborn” and opposes the slaughter of children, the American Catholic clergy are, nonetheless, quite inconsistent when it comes to upholding their stated “pro life” worldview.
Recall, for example, the flap that erupted last May when President Obama delivered Notre Dame University’s commencement address. Given that Obama is arguably the most ardent abortion-supporting President of record, the University fell under harsh criticism for inviting him to speak.
Yet in defending himself against the criticism, Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, claimed that President Obama had been invited to the university not because of his stance on abortion rights, but because he is an inspiring leader who has “overcome a racial barrier.”
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