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Architect of Betrayal?: WH Exposes Obama as Provocateur of Catholic Dissention
Life Site ^ | March 18, 2010 | Peter J. Smith and Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 03/19/2010 1:43:10 PM PDT by NYer

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters today that President Barack Obama actively promoted the Catholic Health Association's public break with the American Catholic bishops to support his health care legislation.

Gibbs also suggested that the CHA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' (LCWR) break with the U.S. Bishops has provided legitimate political cover for pro-life Democrats to switch their votes from "no" to "yes."

"I think over the past twenty four hours we have seen strong indications from those in the Catholic Church that support our belief that the legislation is about health care reform, and that it shouldn't and doesn't change the existing federal law [on abortion]. The Catholic Health Association and the order of nun's support is very important," Gibbs told reporters on the White House lawn for Thursday's press conference.

CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan and LCWR sparked an uproar this week after they came out definitively in favor of the Senate health care bill, which top pro-life organizations such as the National Right to Life Committee and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in addition to countless others, have strongly condemned as unacceptable for its abortion funding provisions. Since then, in their quest to woo the final pro-life Democrat holdouts among House lawmakers, party leaders have attempted to paint CHA's support for the bill as a bona fide endorsement from the Catholic community.

So far, the president's strategy appears to have paid off: some lawmakers have evidently already taken the two groups' endorsements as an excuse to switch their vote. 

Gibbs cited Congressman Dale Kildee's (D-MI) Wednesday press conference - in which he explained how CHA's endorsement had "affected his thinking" to get him to support the bill - as a sign that Democrats may be able to get more lawmakers on board in the same way.

Gibbs said that the president had been engaged on the issue, and a reporter asked if he had reached out personally to the groups.

"The President met earlier this week with Sr. Keehan of the CHA," said Gibbs, saying the meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room, but that he "did not get a detailed run-down of the pitch that [Obama] made."

"I do know that he was effusive about her support and her as a person for making the courageous statements that she has," he said.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), one of the pro-life Democrat holdouts against the bill, pointed out this week that, as a trade association, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has more at stake with the bill's passage than it may openly admit.

"I think the hospitals have a different perspective because they're running large institutions," Kaptur said. "They have a lot of issues at stake. They have to balance their budgets and so forth. I think that the Bishops are probably in a different position. I don't think that they're really managerially responsible for these institutions."

Unlike the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CHA is a for-profit entity, and analysts have pointed out that it would greatly benefit financially from the passage of the bill. CHA had already promised large sums of money to the Obama administration in July to help pass the legislation - before it was ever crafted.

 

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Catholic Organizations' Support for Health Care Reform Follows the Money Trail
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/aug/09080705.html


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; dissension; obama

1 posted on 03/19/2010 1:43:10 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 03/19/2010 1:43:32 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Oldest strategy in history: divide and conquer.


3 posted on 03/19/2010 1:44:08 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Has PBO got NO SHAME!


4 posted on 03/19/2010 1:46:17 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: NYer

These must be the most evil administration we have ever had in this country. By a long shot.


5 posted on 03/19/2010 1:49:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
WH Exposes Obama as Provocateur of Catholic Dissention

Dissension.

No offense to my Catholic friends here, but LCWR and many other organizations and sub-organizations of RC clergy are in open rebellion against the teachings of the Church in many areas.

This is not news - and it isn't Obama's doing.

6 posted on 03/19/2010 1:49:50 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Let tyrants shake their iron rod, and slavery clank her galling chains)
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To: NYer

If they like abortion so much, why didn`t Gibbs want his mother and Obummer`s mother to have one? Beggars can`t be choosers. What`s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Can`t have your cake and eat it too. What of bunch of yadayadayadayadayada
bullcrap fom the Bummer-Gibbs duet.


7 posted on 03/19/2010 1:50:59 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: NYer

I should have said “THIS must be the most evil administration we have ever had in this country. By a long shot.”

Sorry.


8 posted on 03/19/2010 1:51:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

I believe Our Lord is dividing the sheep from the goats. And this division will get sharper and sharper as time moves on.


9 posted on 03/19/2010 1:54:21 PM PDT by Siobhan7
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To: NYer
Until the Church itself condemns and precludes pro-choice politicians from the sacraments, we can only expect more of the same.
10 posted on 03/19/2010 1:56:32 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: Jim Noble

Yeah, it’s Obama’s fault.


11 posted on 03/19/2010 1:58:22 PM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Jim Noble

What you say is very true. This is the fruition of the dissent movement within the household of the Faith which has long roots. Very long.


12 posted on 03/19/2010 2:01:30 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("An enemy hath done this." Matthew 13:28)
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To: NYer

How dare he do this to my church. How dare my church allow it!!! Damn him to hell.


13 posted on 03/19/2010 2:07:36 PM PDT by hstacey (An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure...)
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To: NYer

I’m sure that the powers-that-be at Notre Dame are pleased with what they have wrought.


14 posted on 03/19/2010 2:13:27 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NYer

I’ve said to friends and have written it on this forum: Obama is an agent of evil. I stand by that.

I have found nothing of record in his life to suggest he ever did anything genuinely or humbly for either his fellow man or in support of God, truth or virtue.

He corrupts everything he touches.


15 posted on 03/19/2010 2:21:51 PM PDT by Crolis ("Nemo me impune lacessit!" - "No one provokes me with impunity!")
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To: Roccus

I for one will not vote for a democrat simply because their platform is to uphold and condone killing of unborn children.
Also several other things such as support for same sex marriages.


16 posted on 03/19/2010 2:24:59 PM PDT by usslsm51
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To: Jim Noble

Can you say Vatican II? That’s when our break began. We still have our faith, our God and our Ten Commandments. The church? Slowly becoming smaller and smaller in our rear view mirror.


17 posted on 03/19/2010 2:37:52 PM PDT by cubreporter (Scott Brown turned it all around. The people CAN and DID make a difference!!!)
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To: NYer

The demonRATS ARE BABY KILLERS!!!!!


18 posted on 03/19/2010 2:40:04 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: NYer

Bookmark


19 posted on 03/19/2010 2:59:53 PM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: Roccus

The Vatican has to cut off money to any group that professes to be Catholic while openly defying the church’s teachings. This is very much like all of the leftists groups that feast at the taxpayers’ table. They use the taxpayers’ money to promote there leftist agenda. It doesn’t matter that they were baptised in the Catholic church, these people are leftists who are trying to move the church in that direction.


20 posted on 03/19/2010 3:01:39 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: trisham

And they’ll have the bill done in time for the Vernal Equinox.

The evil one would be proud.

Which reminds me of the Senate bill on Christmas Eve.

Re-gifting abortions from Christmas and adding culling and Medicare cuts a week before Holy Week.


21 posted on 03/19/2010 3:31:47 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray.)
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To: AliVeritas

I underestimated the will of this administration to promote the culture of death and corruption.


22 posted on 03/19/2010 3:46:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

He was doing this before the election, and since he’s still in campaign mode, it continues, unabated. This is how he’s claiming to find ‘common ground’ with Catholics.


23 posted on 03/19/2010 7:36:40 PM PDT by SuziQ
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