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A Reality Check from the Discipleship Front, (Anti-Catholics meet the Bishops -- Healthcare Bill)
CatholicExchange.com ^ | 11-18-09 | Archbishop Charles Chaput

Posted on 11/18/2009 10:28:22 PM PST by Salvation

A Reality Check from the Discipleship Front

November 19th, 2009 by Archbishop Charles Chaput

What the hell don’t you understand about the term separation of Church and State. Keep your evil hands off of our Health Care Bill. Mind your own business. We don’t care about your beliefs, and if you want to meddle in our affairs, we will be coming for you. If that’s how you want to play, we will come for your pedophile priests, your ill-gotten money you stole for decades. The Catholic church is just another organized crime syndicate that should be put out of business. Get the f–k away from Congress, or you will regret it … .

That’s a real e-mail from a real person.  The man who sent it last week was either very candid or very foolish about his anger: he added his real name and e-mail address.  I’ve withheld them here because I like to hope that most people, or at least many of them, are better than the poisonous things they sometimes write. But this e-mail does teach a useful lesson, because it’s not just a case of a random bigot getting in touch with his inner bully.  Instead, it’s a snapshot of the anti-Catholic bitterness that drives some of the loudest voices in the current health-care debate.

Let’s remember that the Founders encouraged an active role for religion in the nation’s public life.  Let’s recall that freedom of speech for Catholics, their leaders and their Church is constitutionally protected, just as it is for all citizens.  Let’s also finally remember that Catholic-baiting is one of America’s oldest and most favored forms of hatred.  The irony is that some of today’s ugliest bigots posture themselves as socially “progressive” and work in politics or the mass media, or both.

Catholics entered this year’s national health-care discussion with good will and a long track record of public service.  Catholic medical care is a national network.  Most Catholics, as part of their Christian faith, see decent health care for all persons as a social obligation.  They’re eager for some form of good health-industry reform.  But “reform” isn’t a magic word.  It isn’t an end in itself.  The content of the reform matters vitally.

For months Catholic leaders have worked vigorously with congressional and White House staff to craft sound health-care reform legislation.  Service to the poor, the sick and the suffering is part of the Church’s Gospel vocation.  The bill passed by the House on Nov. 7 was a step toward a goal that is shared, in principle, by most Catholics.  Like most bills, it was a mixed success.  Critics argue that it lacks adequate conscience protections; that its penalties are extreme and largely unknown to the public; that it’s too complex; that it violates the Catholic principle of subsidiarity; and that it’s financially damaging and unsustainable.

These concerns are serious; they demand our reflection.  There is nothing “mandatory” for faithful Catholics about supporting or opposing this legislation in its current form.  That’s a matter for personal decision.  But the House bill does seek to address the health-care crisis in a comprehensive manner; and it does —at least, so far—meet a minimum moral standard that makes Catholic support possible.

Those two words, “so far,” bring us back to the point of this column.  The House health-care bill—the Senate will now develop its own version—meets the minimum threshold for Catholic support for one simple reason:  Catholic pressure forced abortion and abortion funding out of the legislation.  Abortion has nothing to do with advancing human health.  Abortion and public funding for abortion, no matter how discreetly it’s hidden, have no place in any genuine health-care reform.  This has been a key moral principle for Catholics every step of the way in the health-care discussion.  With Roe v. Wade likely to be secure under this president, excluding abortion and its funding from reform legislation would be a modest, sensible compromise for “pro-choicers.”  It might prove that something like common ground on abortion policy really is achievable in a Washington that describes itself as post-partisan.

Instead, the opposite has happened.  The abortion-driven anger dumped on Catholic beliefs, leaders and the Church at large since Nov. 7 would make the Know-Nothing bigots of the last century proud.  We’ve seen it from members of Congress, the news media, the abortion industry, and sad, deluded people stuck in their rage like the man quoted at the beginning of these remarks.

Here’s the moral of the story:  Catholic witness has a cost.  When we’re willing to pay it, we prove who we are as disciples—and the nation benefits.  When we’re not, life’s a lot more comfortable.  But that was never the point of the Gospel.

This article is courtesy of the Denver Catholic Register.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; healthcare; moralabsolutes; obamacare; prolife
**These concerns are serious; they demand our reflection.**

Abortion IS the main concern here!

1 posted on 11/18/2009 10:28:23 PM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...

**Here’s the moral of the story: Catholic witness has a cost. When we’re willing to pay it, we prove who we are as disciples—and the nation benefits. When we’re not, life’s a lot more comfortable. But that was never the point of the Gospel.**

Well said, Archbishop Chaput!


2 posted on 11/18/2009 10:30:23 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

:-)


3 posted on 11/18/2009 10:33:34 PM PST by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: Salvation

I am changing my church because of my leftist priest who has politicized Mass.


4 posted on 11/18/2009 10:50:21 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: Salvation

Thats’ the TROUBLE. “The bishops” (by which I mean the USCCB and their bureaucrats) have approached this national socialist murder legislation, proposed by our first genuinely Marxist President, as though it were a well-intentioned effort to “reform” healthcare, health insurance, etc.

Chaput is a perfect example of how an orthodox, pro-life, thoughtful bishop can still totally fail to “get it.” He’s walking around Auschwitz, offering his suggestions on the colors for the barracks, the height of the nozzles in the gas chambers, etc. This is what “the bishops” have been doing for decades—giving their support to pro-abortion politicians and money for ACORN and other pestilential organizations, raising little plaintive peeps when the support for abortion was too blatant to ignore.

The latest total waste of time, the latest kerfuffle about the color of the curtains at Auschwitz, is the Stupak Amendment.


5 posted on 11/19/2009 12:07:37 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Salvation
Abortion IS the main concern here!

I actually don't agree with that sentiment.

Government control of life and death at all stages from fertilization to the crematorium is the main concern expressed in this bill. It reflects the early 20th century "progressive" ideology to a tee.

My only wish is that good bishops like Chaput could recognize that. But I think they are sniffing around the edges, even when they recognize the violation of subsidiarity existing in this bill.

6 posted on 11/19/2009 2:15:35 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: sageb1

Change your parish not your church! :)


7 posted on 11/19/2009 4:14:59 AM PST by vladimir998 (BIGETOUS is apparently not the only Protestant invention)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Great post. I have often thought that the bishops have a hard time doing more than “curtain critiquing” because they would have to answer the question: What the hell were you guys doing for the last 40 years?!! It’s a humbling and horrific question that, as far as I can see, nobody in a mitre really wants to think about, at least publicly.

Freegards


8 posted on 11/19/2009 6:26:33 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: Salvation
Pinged from Terri Dailies


9 posted on 11/19/2009 6:30:07 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Salvation

The archbishop fails to see, I think, the totalitarian content on the House bill, which makes it a danger to the Catholic health system. This lies in the huge expansion of the authority of the federal government. It begs the question: do we need a NATIONAL system which will determine the health care individuals will support, or do we need one that maximizes individual choice? Both the senate and the house bills empower government officials to make decisions that not rest in individuals and in private parties hands. It has the potential to reduce us all to clients of the government and doctors to government employees. Certainly it will turn the present system topsy-turvey and create a situation that leaves everyone in doubt as to the future. Literally it is a bomb that will blow everything apart.


10 posted on 11/19/2009 7:18:11 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: markomalley

Well put.


11 posted on 11/19/2009 7:20:40 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: markomalley

You’re right on the life and death (mostly death) outlook of the current government. Praying that they stay out of our lives.


12 posted on 11/19/2009 7:51:00 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Ransomed; Arthur McGowan
"What the hell were you guys doing for the last 40 years?!!"

How many of the current bishops have been around for the last 40 years. You should be seeing this in the postive light in which it should be seen.

13 posted on 11/19/2009 8:49:52 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

It’s good to praise what has been done. It’s good to point out there has not been enough done too. I reckon there’s room for both ways of looking at it.

Freegards


14 posted on 11/19/2009 9:04:56 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: Salvation

Pithy.

I think I need a new tagline!


15 posted on 11/19/2009 4:50:50 PM PST by Melian ("Here’s the moral of the story: Catholic witness has a cost." ~Archbishop Charles Chaput)
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To: Melian

And now trying to fix it!


16 posted on 11/19/2009 4:52:03 PM PST by Melian ("Here's the moral of the story: Catholic witness has a cost." ~Archbishop Charles Chaput)
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To: Salvation
With Roe v. Wade likely to be secure under this president, excluding abortion and its funding from reform legislation would be a modest, sensible compromise for “pro-choicers.” It might prove that something like common ground on abortion policy really is achievable in a Washington that describes itself as post-partisan.

An elegant way to throw down the gauntlet before the President. I still am against the whole health care bill, though, because the Fed. Government shouldn't be in the business of determining who gets what health care.

17 posted on 11/20/2009 9:01:34 AM PST by SuziQ
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Bump!


18 posted on 11/20/2009 9:04:02 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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