Skip to comments.Bishop Nails Pelosi and ‘Catholic’ Groups for Spreading ‘Fog of Confusion’ on ObamaCare
Posted on 03/26/2010 4:08:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
MADISON, Wisconsin, March 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) Neither Catholic nuns nor Nancy Pelosi speaks for the Catholic Church, says the Catholic Bishop of Madison, who had choice words in his latest column for the Catholic Health Association for spreading confusion about the Churchs position on health care reform and right to life issues.
I cannot pass over the actions of the Catholic Health Association and an organization called Network, a lobby of American religious Sisters, who said, quite publicly, that what the bishops have taught is false, said Bishop Robert Morlino in a Thursday column for the Madison Dioceses Catholic Herald.
They said that the legislation does provide an adequate framework for a Catholic to follow his or her conscience about abortion. So, we had a trade organization the Catholic Health Association which calls itself Catholic and we had religious Sisters who call themselves Catholic, saying, Sorry, bishops, you got it wrong, here is the teaching of the Church.
But the bishops, Morlino said, were clear that the Senate healthcare bill passed by the House even with the Executive Order failed both Catholics and those who adhere to the natural law. He explained that God only tasked bishops not female religious or even priests with the responsibility to teach, sanctify, and govern the Church.
He mentioned that in addition to the right-to-life violations in the Senate bill, the bishops had a serious problem with its lack of stringent conscience protections, and its restrictions on immigrants seeking to buy health insurance. The law mandates that legal immigrants wait five years before they can purchase insurance, and also forbids illegal immigrants from purchasing insurance even with their own money a situation the bishops said was profoundly unjust.
In so many cases, in this legislation, individual freedom goes right down the tubes, said the Wisconsin prelate. The legislation is very inadequate with regard to abortion, it is very inadequate with regard to conscience protection, and its very inadequate with regard to care for immigrants. That is why Catholic legislators and others of good will, who understood this bill, were bound to oppose it.
The bishops were very clear on this and it seemed that there were some Catholics, including some Catholic Democrats who were going to stand up even in the face of almost unbearable pressure for the Truth, for the protection of every human being. Clearly, that did not turn out to be the case, wrote Morlino.
He added that at this critical juncture an attempt was made to confuse by some Catholics and some people who seemed to be of good will, but whom he said were confused in thinking that the Executive Order from President Obama would actually protect the right to life. He also added ominously, however, that these same groups may have been hoping that the fog of confusion would conceal their real intent.
And, of course, people like Speaker Pelosi could not do enough to wave the letter from the Catholic Health Association and the letter from Network to provide cover for Democratic legislators who wanted to waffle in protecting innocent human life, said Morlino.
Speaker Pelosi is not called by Jesus Christ to lead the Catholic faithful, any more than the religious Sisters in Network are, any more than the leadership of the Catholic Health Association is, Morlino declared.
The open defiance of Catholic groups against the teaching authority of the US bishops, Morlino added, did very serious harm to the Church, because such groups made people wonder who actually has the authority to speak for Christs Church, and made the bishops teaching role seem like just like another opinion.
If we go down this road, the teaching authority of the bishops will be further eroded and with it, the authority of Christs Church.
Read Bishop Robert C. Morlinos column in full here.
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It seems that the task of being “soldiers of Christ” has finally become more of an issue to many of us.
This is very good news.
The first time Nancy Pelosi is refused the Eucharist at a Roman Catholic Church will be a newsworthy event.
Thanks, Bishop Morlino.
Should have said “Just another dufus who thinks it is OK to rob from the productive and give to those who do not deserve it via legalized thievery. “
Are you talking about Pelosi or Bishop Morlino?
How is is socialist to say that people should be allowed to buy insurance with their own money?
There probably will be, but that's not what the Bishop said.
Furthermore, why should an Illegal Alien be allowed to purchase health care in the US?
I would rather have them purchase insurance than be treated for free. Hospitals are barred from turning ANYONE away in an emergency.
Shouldn't they be deported?
Yes. However, the dirty little secret is that we have killed over 50 million Americans in the last 37 years and that created a NEED for immigrant workers. This need has diminished in the past two years and so has the invasion of illegal aliens, but they will return as the economy recovers. End the abortion holocaust and the market for illegal aliens will end in a generation.
We serve our fellow man best by serving God first. We honor our nation best by living our Catholic faith honestly and vigorously, and bringing it without apology into the public square and its debates. We're citizens of heaven first, Americans second and Democrats and Republicans a distant third. But just as God so loved the world that he sent his only son, so the glory and irony of the Christian life is this: The more faithfully we love God, the more truly we serve the world, our country and our party.
Those groups are misguided in their disregard or trivialization of the murder of millions of innocents for political expediency or a quid pro quo from an elected leader. All political leaders draw their authority from God. We owe no leader any submission or cooperation in the pursuit of grave evil.
In fact, we have the duty to oppose and change bad laws and resist grave evil in our public life, both by our words and our non-violent actions. The truest respect we can show to civil authority is the witness of our Catholic faith and our moral convictions, without excuses or apologies.
Sadly we didn’t get that from the Methodists.