Skip to comments.Top nun who supported Obama mandate thanks pro-choice group in private e-mail
Posted on 02/14/2012 12:54:00 PM PST by Morgana
February 14, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After a person posing as a pro-choice leader thanked her for defending reproductive rights against the U.S. Catholic bishops, Sr. Carol Keehan of the Catholic Health Association thanked the individual and encouraged her group to take a proposed donation to CHA and instead use it to benefit a poor woman in CHAs honor.
The pro-life activist behind the e-mail says Keehan didnt respond to e-mails with an overt pro-life point of view sent from several e-mail addresses, but got a very different response when posing as a pro-choice leader praising her for defending birth control.
The individual sent a message from the fake pro-choice group Riverside for Choice on Sunday thanking Sr. Keehan for protecting access to birth control and for her willingness to not be intimidated by people like the catholic [sic.] bishops who oppose choice in womens health.
On behalf of all the women and men of Riverside for Choice I would like to thank you for protecting the rights of all women to have free access to essential health services including the contraceptives that allow us to control our own health and bodies, the individual, posing as Jenna Wagner of Riverside for Choice, said in an e-mail exchange with Sr. Keehan forwarded to LifeSiteNews.com (LSN). Wagner also requested information on how to send a donation to CHA.
Thanks so much, it would please me if you would use the money for a poor woman in California, was Sr. Keehans response the next day, signed Keep praying, Sr Carol.
Wagner said that the funds in honor of CHA would go to our fund for women who cant afford reproductive services, and added, Keep up your good work. Sr. Keehan didnt respond.
In response to an LSN inquiry about the exchange, Sr. Keehan confirmed the validity of the exchange and said that she is pro-life, not pro-choice.
That they happen to like something I did is something I have no control over, Sr. Keehan wrote. I said clearly in many interviews and press releases that our ministries could not be compelled to buy contraceptives. The administration found a way that we would not be involved and I was pleased about that.
LSN asked why Riverside for Choice, which appears to specifically promote artificial birth control, was encouraged to spend funds in CHAs honor. Sr. Keehan responded, I asked them to use it for a woman who was poor, I did not ask them to use it for reproductive health.
Sr. Keehan and CHA have become the fulcrum of the intensifying controversy regarding the Obama administrations plan to require Catholic employers to pay for sterilizations, contraception, and abortifacient birth control drugs such as the week-after pill, Ella. The White House flaunted support from CHA on Friday when it announced an accommodation to the mandate that has since been soundly denounced by the U.S. bishops as inadequate. Media outlets then juxtaposed CHAs name beside Planned Parenthoods to give the impression that the two sides of the debate agreed to the arrangement. The CHA also infamously broke with bishops last year to lend critical support to the health reform bill behind the mandate.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Sr. Keehan was one of three people the president called before delivering his Friday morning adjustment to the mandate, which rephrased the rule while leaving it essentially unchanged. The other two were the heads of the U.S. Bishops Conference and Planned Parenthood.
The sender of the e-mail, who wished to remain anonymous, told LifeSiteNews.com that the faux pro-choice e-mail address was used after other e-mails were ignored.
I sent her numerous e-mails from a pro-life point of view and she did not respond, so I wondered if she would respond in a positive way to an e-mail from an abortion supporter and she sure did, said the sender.
I was most disturbed by her asking a clearly pro-abortion group to use their money for a poor woman knowing a pro-abortion group would use it for abortion, the sender said, and when I wrote back and basically said it would go in a fund for reproductive services meaning abortion, she did not object.
Contact Information: Catholic Health Association.
Sister is a lost soul. We need to pray for her, that she would allow heavenly concerns to trump worldly ones.
Canon 915. Excommunication. BUT it has got to be public, proclaimed, and with the requirement that the individuals publicly renounce their heresy. Personally, I’d be in favor of having it reserved to Rome, since these are public figures and our equivalent of royalty.
There are a lot of “Catholic” nuns out there who are not really Catholic. They don’t leave the church because they have comfortable lifestyles living in thier religious communities. Some orders are not dependent on the local bishop. The communities that they belong to own thier own property. Also many of them collect salaries from non profit corporations that get gubmint fundin. Not all nuns are like Mother Theresa.
With things like this it’s no wonder that they can’t fly anymore.
Did anybody actually read the article? From what the nun actually said, I don’t see any scandal there at all. She replied to someone that wrote to her, but never claimed to support them in any way. She didn’t do anything wrong.
Dolan, needs to have the whole team on the same page. Removing Keehan is an important step in that goal.
Nope the response to the pro choice group was a window to her heart.
She gave a highly positive resopnse to this and you think she wasn't supporting them or thanking them for support of her identical position...and there's no scandal?
It is hard for the Catholic Church to maintain their credibility on ethical issues when they allow those who so radically depart from the basic tenets of the church to remain as active members and congregants. May be time for the separation of sheep and goats.
time for a Sister Keenan to receive a liturgical smackdown
Well, you can burn her as a witch if you wish, but what she actually said was nothing of the kind. She was polite. That’s how kindly little old ladies talk.
In fact, I have to wonder at the motives of the person that misreprented themselves in a false e-mail and apparently thought they could trap some nun into saying something scandalous. What’s up with that? All because a nun didn’t respond to some previous message? Sorry... but there’s a nastiness about this. She was baiting the nun, and I think it’s pretty clear the nun didn’t bite.
The sad reality is that more than a few modernist nuns are supporters of abortion. Some even volunteer as “escorts” at abortion clinics and march in pro-choice rallies. Sister Keenan’s enthusiastic support of Obama and Obamacare speaks for itself.
The point is they could speak their concience against Sam William's, Reagan and keeping the Ruskie's in line which they didn't agree with. right now under Obamacare they can't speak out, but this group don't see it yet, many of their brethern do, but soon it will be too late..
Not all sisters are nuns. In addition, there's no "h" in Teresa. Two different women.
Discernment appears to be your achilles' heel.
"Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves." Matthew 10:16
Maybe she’s just really, really stupid.
Oh, Please. The e-mail thanked her for standing up for women’s rights to control their bodies. A “pro-choice” organization writing that is like a Nazi writing “Thank you for your support for a final solution to our Jewish situation.”
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