Skip to comments.Pelosi: Catholic Bishops are “Lobbyists”
Posted on 12/06/2011 7:10:32 AM PST by IbJensen
Confronting elements of President Obamas healthcare legislation that are so fundamentally restrictive of religious freedom that Jesus would not qualify as religious, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been engaged in a protracted struggle to defend the integrity of Roman Catholic doctors in the face of a federal government seemingly bent on requiring them to act against their consciences. As a reward for their labors, House Minority Leader and self-proclaimed devout Catholic Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has belittled the bishops as nothing more than lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
As reported in late September for The New American, the USCCB objected to the law passed in March 2010 intended to socialize healthcare (legislation that is popularly known as ObamaCare) because it would require healthcare providers including Roman Catholic hospitals and doctors to provide birth control, abortifacient drugs, and abortions, even though providing birth control and performing abortions runs counter to Roman Catholic teaching. As noted in September, when the legislation was passed into law, it purportedly contained language specifically intended to serve as an exemption from requiring religious institutions to provide services that were fundamentally at odds with their principles.
However, pro-life news outlets were already raising concerns in July that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would push for a mandate for birth control and abortion being imposed on religiously oriented healthcare providers. At that time, a report from the Institute of Medicine that was commissioned by HHS touted in the words of a report from LifesiteNews.com the medical benefits of birth control drugs as the ability to plan ones family and attain optimal birth spacing, and secondarily, as treatment for conditions including menstrual abnormalities, acne or hirsutism, and pelvic pain.
However, Pelosi is dismissing the concerns of the leadership of the church of which she is ostensibly a member as nothing but lobbying.
An article by Edwin Mora for CNSNews details the reasons why any Roman Catholic including, presumably, Nancy Pelos would find such federal regulation of religious belief offensive:
The proposed regulation, scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1, 2012, would require every health-insurance plan in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives (which include abortifacients) without charging any co-pay. The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization, artificial contraception and abortion are morally wrong and that Catholics cannot be involved in them.
In a Republic governed by a Constitution that includes the free exercise of religion among the enumerated rights of its citizens, such a gross violation of conscience ought to be beyond consideration. CNSNews confronted Pelosi with a direct question to this effect: In August, HHS issued a proposed regulation under the new health care law that would require that all health care plans cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives. The U.S. Catholic bishops have called the regulation an unprecedented attack on religious freedom and have asked HHS to drop it. Do you agree with the bishops? According to CNSNews, Pelosis answer was evasive, at best:
I dont know if I agree with your characterization of what the HHS put forth, Pelosi said, but as a mother of five children in six years, as a devout Catholic, I have great respect for our bishops when they are my pastor [sic]. As lobbyists in Washington D.C., we have some areas of disagreement."
Pelosis response raises important questions regarding her candor, and her ability to comprehend the legislation that she oversaw during her time as Speaker of the House. A bulletin insert that was to be distributed at worship services in Roman Catholic parishes throughout the United States explained the grave moral difficulties posed for parishioners including Pelosi by the requirements of ObamaCare:
The new rule would force insurance plans to cover all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity. Never before has the federal government required private health plans to include such coverage....
Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase. Please remove sterilization and prescription contraceptives from the list of preventive services the federal government is mandating in private health plans. It is especially important to exclude any drug that may cause an early abortion, and to fully respect religious freedom as other federal laws do. The narrow religious exemption in HHSs new rule protects almost no one. I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions. [Emphasis in original.]
As noted previously, one need not agree with the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church to understand that the principles which are at stake in this controversy involve the free exercise of religion in this country. HHS is attempting to overturn the religious freedoms of citizens for the sake of imposing socialized medicine, and the result of their efforts has been the alienation of the leadership of the largest religious group in the United States.
Jaded politicians can try to dismiss matters of conscience as mere lobbying, but by doing so they may discover that many Americans will stand up for the freedom of conscience of their fellow citizens, and will be appalled by the efforts of Leviathan to impose its will contrary to a fundamental right of all citizens.
Nancy Pelosi’s religion is Democrat politics.
Any other claim she makes is a lie.
She and her husband rich by taking Union money and not hiring Union workers, Insider trading, God knows what else.
She is one slimy creature and she is surrounded by more of the same in her Democrat officeat the Capitol.
God means nothing to Pelosi, Biden ,Obama,except trying to attract a view votes from of the Christian faith.
Why this evil bitch hasn’t been excommunicated I’ll never know.
THANK YOU! I've been saying the same damn thing. I'm praying for the Catholic hierarchy to start stepping up and saying, "Enough is enough."
The real problem is lobbying is seen as evil but it is protected by our Constitution.
Dear Lord, please remove Nancy Pelosi from office! Seriously!
When are they finally going to ex communicate her?
Too bad the Catholic Church no longer has the bell, book and candle rite of excommunication...Pelosi deserves it. However, Pelosi is a hypocrite as she has no problem with other tax exempt 501(c)3 groups like those funded by George Sorros actively lobbying her and making under the table campaign contributions.
Re: Why this evil bitch hasnt been excommunicated Ill never know.
She has excommunicated herself, like suicide is self murder.
Long question, but you get my drift.
It’s easy to understand why ALL Democrat women are leftist, communist loons and are mostly ugly. I daresay most belong in strait jackets and padded rooms.
There are even some who have earned a few minutes sitting in Old Sparky.
I know she has excommunicated herself, but by not going through the full rite of excommunication she continues to be perceived as a member of the Church and this damages Her reputation. Pelosi is evil, stupid, and an embarrassment to Catholicism and Christianity.
I don’t know why the Church doesn’t have the guts to do it. Oh yeah that’s right tax exemptions, the power that comes from numerous Catholic politicians being in power, bottom line it’s an embarrassment and a disgrace. I love the Church and I am not leaving Her, but it’s evil souls like Pelosi that drive people away from the Faith.
We need to re-clarify the religious separation clause in the first amendment. The Founders clearly did not wish to have the Federal government declare a State religion, much the way the King did over in Britain when we first came to the New World.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t recall anywhere in the Federalist Papers or the writings of the Founders where they disclaimed the utility of religion in politics. As such, I think it’s a travesty to push aside religion in the name of political correctness and expediency.
The First Amendment protects our right to worship the deity of our choice and keeps government out of the business of religion.
You are right. The Founders continually pointed to the value of religion in everyday life and in ensuring that our representatives were properly grounded. All relgious societies have a right to deal with their members for violations of that group’s rules, according to the rules and regulations of such societies. Otherwise, how could the 1st Amendment be valid? “The right of the people peaceably to assemble” includes the right to exclude someone you do not want in your assembly.