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Catholic Congressman: I'd Rather Save My Soul Than Vote for the Health Care Bill
Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/3/09

Posted on 08/04/2009 11:35:44 AM PDT by marshmallow

New Orleans, La., Aug 3, 2009 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, (R-New Orleans), the first Vietnamese-American congressman and a Catholic, announced this past weekend that, because of the “stealth mandate” for abortion still present in the Health Care bill, he prefers to “save his soul” rather than vote in favor of it.

Cao, the only member of the Louisiana House delegation who had not weighed in on where he stands on the health reform bill, told the Times-Picayune on Saturday that he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent on abortion.

“At the end of the day if the health care reform bill does not have strong language prohibiting the use of federal funding for abortion, then the bill is really a no-go for me,” said Cao, who spent time in formation to be a Jesuit priest.

“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice,” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives,” he explained to the Louisiana newspaper.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Cao will be one of seven Republican members of Congress targeted with radio ads that will play on radio stations with largely African-American audiences, urging him to support Obama's health reform efforts.

“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

Cao is the first native of Vietnam to serve in Congress and the first Republican to serve in his district since 1890. He won in a district that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

The poorest member of Louisiana's delegation, and a devout Roman Catholic, Cao served as a board member for Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church's Community Development Corporation which assists Vietnamese-Americans with hurricane relief, and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cao also told the Times-Picayune that he is still undecided about the merits of including a public option in any health reform redesign. He believes that it may ultimately lead to the destruction of the private insurance market and a "government takeover" of health insurance.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 111th; moralabsolutes; obamacare; prolife
Are you listening, Nancy......Teddy.........Joe??

This is how faith is supposed to animate politics.

In contrast to the above mentioned who sold their souls in order to further their political careers, this man is prepared to forsake his political career in order to be true to his faith.

Bravo!

1 posted on 08/04/2009 11:35:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Rep. Cao is so cool.


2 posted on 08/04/2009 11:38:02 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: wagglebee; Mrs. Don-o; don-o; NYer; Coleus; narses; Salvation; Pyro7480; Knitting A Conundrum; ...

God bless this bold pro-lifer in the Congress.


3 posted on 08/04/2009 11:44:21 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Media: quit making things up." --Sarah Palin)
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To: marshmallow

bump !


4 posted on 08/04/2009 11:47:05 AM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: marshmallow
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

That statement is so powerful that it needed repeating.

Dear Congressman Cao,

Thank you for your pro-life stand. If you are voted out of your district for taking this stand then you should be commended for making the right decision even though it cost you your seat. The founders of this nation risked everything they had to make a stand for us. We are proud of you and honored by your stand no matter if you lose the next one or not.

Sincerely,

Liberty
5 posted on 08/04/2009 11:47:38 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: marshmallow
“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice,” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives,” he explained to the Louisiana newspaper.

Too bad he couldn't couple his pro-life stance against the bill with a solid explanation of why the socialist underpinnings of the bill go against gospel teachings as well!

It is not moral to steal the hard-earned money of one individual at the point of a gun to give to someone who has not earned it even if it has been blessed legally by the state. It is immoral.

No where in the Gospel is there a hint of recommending Government intervention or force to promote giving, nowhere.

The Gospel Jesus brought was all about the individual and the individual's choices. Period!

If I remember, one of the Ten Commandments deals directly with this concept.

Thou Shalt Not Steal!
6 posted on 08/04/2009 11:49:21 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: marshmallow

God bless this good man...


7 posted on 08/04/2009 11:50:23 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: marshmallow


Republican Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao waves as he holds his daughter Betsy Cao, 4, with his wife Kate Hieu Hoang, right, at his victory party after defeating Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., for the 2nd Congressional District in New Orleans Saturday, Dec. 6. Photo provided by the Associated Press.
8 posted on 08/04/2009 11:59:19 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SoConPubbie

I was thinking along similar lines.

Left unsaid by Cao is how he would vote if the abortion provision in the bill was removed.

If that is the only impediment he sees in voting for socialized medicine, then he is simply a pro-life Socialist. Which means, of course, that he’s willing to save the life of an infant so that that infant can live his entire life as a federal slave.

How about we save the kid’s life AND we preserve their God-given liberties?


9 posted on 08/04/2009 12:05:18 PM PDT by ForeignDude
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To: ForeignDude
"Cao also told the Times-Picayune that he is still undecided about the merits of including a public option in any health reform redesign. He believes that it may ultimately lead to the destruction of the private insurance market and a "government takeover" of health insurance."

This doesn't sound like a man who's "willing to save the life of an infant so that that infant can live his entire life as a federal slave." In fact, it sounds like a man who values liberty as well as life.

God bless this good man.

10 posted on 08/04/2009 12:15:59 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (L'Chaim!)
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To: ForeignDude; Tennessee Nana; Liberty Valance
If that is the only impediment he sees in voting for socialized medicine, then he is simply a pro-life Socialist. Which means, of course, that he’s willing to save the life of an infant so that that infant can live his entire life as a federal slave.

This, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with the GOP and why it will remain the minority party unless it wraps it's mind and heart around the idea of limited-government.

I applaud him for his Pro-Life stance, but it is telling that he did not communicate that he was against the bill for anything else, such as the fact that it is completely a Socialist take-over of something that is of primary importantance to all Americans.

Celebration of his bravery should be muted by this fact!
11 posted on 08/04/2009 12:18:03 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; ForeignDude; Tennessee Nana; Liberty Valance

Guess I spoke too soon and should have read a little deeper.


12 posted on 08/04/2009 12:19:13 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: ForeignDude; SoConPubbie
I don't think any of us has slammed someone voting against the bill on the basis of it being socialist without his mentioning the abortion funding aspect.

There are plenty of people focusing on those other aspects. Cao took a position that can (and should) embarrass self-described Catholic politicians who are nonetheless pro-abortion.

Reciting a litany against the bill would have weakened his statement.
13 posted on 08/04/2009 12:24:35 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: marshmallow; nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...

Catholic Ping!


14 posted on 08/04/2009 12:38:42 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: marshmallow

I would hope the US Catholic bishops would comment on not only the abortion funding in the health care bill but the support the bill would give to euthanasia and asssisted suicide.


15 posted on 08/04/2009 12:49:26 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Albion Wilde
God bless this bold pro-lifer in the Congress.

Mega Dittos!

16 posted on 08/04/2009 12:56:36 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Liberty Valance

Is he a member of a non-clerical lay branch of the Jesuits? Him having a wife and child makes me ask this question.


17 posted on 08/04/2009 1:13:21 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

FWIW
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cao


18 posted on 08/04/2009 1:48:53 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

OK, I see. He did spent 6 years in a Jesuit seminary, but never took ordination. I was educated by Jesuits myself, although not to this extent.


19 posted on 08/04/2009 2:32:22 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Salvation

There are a lot of faux Catholics in the Congress who have sold their souls.


20 posted on 08/04/2009 3:54:50 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: marshmallow
Pinged from Terri Dailies


21 posted on 08/04/2009 4:39:55 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: SoConPubbie; ForeignDude

The Catholic Church has always been dedicated to helping the poor—from the earliest days of the new Church. That is Scriptural. They shared their goods where it was needed to do so. Even Jesus tells of the widow who gave of her last mite for the poor. We have had champions for the poor down through the ages, from St. Francis of Assissi and his Franciscan followers, St. Bernard, St. John Bosco, the Jesuit missionaries, Mother Teresa, the founder of Boys Town-—and this is only a handful of the dedicated men and women down the centuries who gave their lives in service of the poor.

I think you should consider the need to separate the act of giving because one wills to give, according to Scriptural teachings, and that of having our goods taken from us. The first way is a blessing for all—the latter way is by pressure and has no blessing or grace attached to it.

I think it’s unwise to label Cao a socialist by what you assume he has left out in his statement. Rather, give him credit for having an ideal that he won’t surrender for his personal gain.

Scripture tells us “Choose life”. That is the first right in our Declaration of Independence. Those who honor that are always, no doubt, ready to honor the rest.

As for snap judgments about what else Cao upholds, it’s better to find out first before labeling.


22 posted on 08/04/2009 6:00:10 PM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words:"It's too late"))
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To: timestax

bttt


23 posted on 08/04/2009 7:44:05 PM PDT by timestax (CNNLIES..BIG TIME)
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To: marshmallow
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

If he gets kicked out of office for this, then it will only prove to me that God intends to judge Washington D.C. very harshly.

24 posted on 08/04/2009 8:28:56 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.aroodawakening.tv)
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To: Running On Empty; ForeignDude
The Catholic Church has always been dedicated to helping the poor—from the earliest days of the new Church. That is Scriptural. They shared their goods where it was needed to do so. Even Jesus tells of the widow who gave of her last mite for the poor. We have had champions for the poor down through the ages, from St. Francis of Assissi and his Franciscan followers, St. Bernard, St. John Bosco, the Jesuit missionaries, Mother Teresa, the founder of Boys Town-—and this is only a handful of the dedicated men and women down the centuries who gave their lives in service of the poor.

Sorry, but you need to re-read his statement.

His statement was in reference to the bill at hand and is in the context of what he does, legislate.

He was talking about/implying using the power and force of government to make laws that meet his idea of "Social Justice". This is not the message of the Gospel.

The message of the Gospel is about the relationship of the individual and God and how that relationship is established and maintained.

There is zero reference to a government solution for "Social Justice".

Re-read your bible.
25 posted on 08/04/2009 10:06:12 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

I don’t need instructions about reading my Bible.

I’ve been taking care of that for a very long time.


26 posted on 08/04/2009 10:49:17 PM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words:"It's too late"))
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To: pnh102
Rep. Cao is so cool.

Agreed. I hope that he is one of the contenders for the Presidential nomination in 2012.

27 posted on 08/04/2009 11:08:18 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: SoConPubbie

Celebration of his bravery should be shouted from rooftops.


28 posted on 08/04/2009 11:10:49 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: TheFourthMagi
Rep. Cao is so cool.

Agreed. I hope that he is one of the contenders for the Presidential nomination in 2012.

Why do you hope he is one of the contenders for the Presidential nomination in 2012? I understand he is a naturalized American (he was born in Vietnam) and is thus ineligible for the Presidency under Article II sec. 1 of the Constitution.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

29 posted on 08/04/2009 11:13:22 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

United States Senator then.


30 posted on 08/05/2009 5:31:11 AM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: marshmallow; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...
Congressman: I Would Rather Save My Soul than Support Abortion-Promoting Health Care Bill

Congressman: Would Rather Save My Soul Than Back Pro-Abortion Health Care

31 posted on 08/07/2009 5:11:21 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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Saving His Soul vs. Voting for ObamaCare

Posted by Tim Drake

alt Louisiana Rep. Anh Joseph Cao and family.

Catholic News Agency is reporting that Louisiana Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao prefers to “save his soul” rather than vote for the health-care bill.  Cao told The Times-Picayune on Saturday that he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent on abortion.

“At the end of the day if the health-care reform bill does not have strong language prohibiting the use of federal funding for abortion, then the bill is really a no-go for me,” said Cao, who spent time in formation to be a Jesuit priest.

“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice,” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives,” he told the Louisiana newspaper.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that Cao will be one of seven Republican members of Congress targeted with radio ads that will play on radio stations with largely African-American audiences, urging him to support Obama’s health-reform efforts. “I know that voting against the health-care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man’s life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

Cao is the first native of Vietnam to serve in Congress and the first Republican to serve in his New Orleans district since 1890. Cao is a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

32 posted on 08/07/2009 5:25:13 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: marshmallow

Thank you and God bless you and your family, Congressman Cao.


33 posted on 08/07/2009 5:29:27 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: marshmallow
“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

Excellent. So Bela Pelosi is going to target him in the 2010 elections? It will be interesting to see just who they come up with to challenge him.

34 posted on 08/07/2009 6:42:58 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SoConPubbie
The message of the Gospel is about the relationship of the individual and God and how that relationship is established and maintained.

Beg Pardon? Our Lord said love your neighbor as yourself, and that entail the preaching of the Gospel. The Gospel is not just a get out of jail card for the individual.

35 posted on 08/07/2009 7:33:15 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: SuziQ

He represents a black district and the voters are enthralled by the Democratic Party.


36 posted on 08/07/2009 8:05:39 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: RobbyS
He represents a black district and the voters are enthralled by the Democratic Party.

They weren't enthralled in 2008, apparently.

37 posted on 08/07/2009 8:23:57 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

There was a now convicted thief in office. Likely the Democrats will put up a candidate who has not yet been indicted.


38 posted on 08/07/2009 8:36:50 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: marshmallow

That’s one good Republican!

Now here are the others?


39 posted on 08/07/2009 9:28:20 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: marshmallow
That’s one good Republican!

Now WHERE are the others?

I know there are some Catholic Democrats?

WHERE is their conscience?

40 posted on 08/07/2009 9:30:04 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: marshmallow

Another bump.


41 posted on 08/07/2009 10:47:06 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: marshmallow

Now THAT is a REAL man! And a real American!


42 posted on 08/07/2009 10:49:51 PM PDT by Danae (- Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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To: RobbyS

Possibly, but with the sentiment about Democrats in Congress brewing in this country, I wouldn’t bet too much against Mr. Cao.


43 posted on 08/07/2009 11:06:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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