Skip to comments.Architect of Betrayal?: WH Exposes Obama as Provocateur of Catholic Dissention
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
Oldest strategy in history: divide and conquer.
Has PBO got NO SHAME!
These must be the most evil administration we have ever had in this country. By a long shot.
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.
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.
I should have said “THIS must be the most evil administration we have ever had in this country. By a long shot.”
I believe Our Lord is dividing the sheep from the goats. And this division will get sharper and sharper as time moves on.
Yeah, it’s Obama’s fault.
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.
How dare he do this to my church. How dare my church allow it!!! Damn him to hell.
I’m sure that the powers-that-be at Notre Dame are pleased with what they have wrought.
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.
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.
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.
The demonRATS ARE BABY KILLERS!!!!!
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.