Some may criticize the U.S. Bishops as saying too little too late or not being vociferous enough, but I don't think we can lay the blame for this bill's passage on the Bishops. The CHA was openly defiant of the Bishop's stance regarding the passage of Obamacare. I don't know if they ever spoke directly to Sister Keehan of the Catholic Health Association -- who will be forever remembered as the key figure in passing this horrific pro-abortion bill, but I continue to wonder why she has not been removed from her position?
And, yes, the actions of the Catholic Health Association have definitely wounded Catholic unity here in the U.S. Prayer and reparation are needed for their harmful actions.
Criticizing the Catholic Health Association for supporting “profoundly flawed” health care legislation, and responding to criticisms-- such as those lodged by Rep. Bart Stupak-- over the US bishops’ opposition to the March law, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement on May 21 defending the bishops’ actions in the weeks leading to the final vote on the issue. The statement was written by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice, Peace and Human Development, and Bishop John Wester, chairman of the Committee on Migration.
“Reflecting decades of advocacy on behalf of universal access to health care, the bishops were clear in calling for health care reform as a moral imperative and urgent national priority,” the three bishops wrote. “We called for reform that would make health coverage affordable for the poor and needy, moving our society substantially toward the goal of universal coverage. We were equally clear in stating that this must be done in accord with the dignity of each and every human person, showing full respect for the life, health and conscience of all.”
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