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On the Mandate, a Dangerous Crack in the Bishops' United Front
Catholic Culture ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Lawler

Posted on 05/27/2012 6:11:28 AM PDT by marshmallow

The counter-attack has begun. You knew it was coming, didn’t you?

For weeks now the American bishops have been marching in lockstep unity, completely unanimous in their opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Catholic hierarchy has been headed into a showdown with President Obama, and not a single bishop had shown any inclination to back away from the fight. But you knew it couldn’t last. And it didn’t.

This week Bishop Stephen Blaire became the first prelate to break stride, voicing his misgivings about the confrontation. Oh, Bishop Blaire wasn’t suggesting that the Catholic hierarchy should accede to the HHS mandate. After all he had already condemned the mandate as unjust, as had the leaders of every other Catholic diocese in the United States. But Bishop Blaire raised a few questions about the strategy being followed by the leaders of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), about the lack of consultation, about the possible public perceptions. That was enough. Immediately liberal Catholics seized the opportunity to launch their own campaign, suggesting that only a minority of “conservative” bishops favor the all-out battle against the HHS mandate.

Now Bishop Blair says that his words were misinterpreted. “I stand solidly with my brother bishops in our common resolve to overturn the unacceptable intrusion of government into the life of the Church by the HHS mandate,” he insists in a follow-up statement. But no one ever doubted his opposition to the mandate. Every reasonable Catholic—excluding the extreme ideologues like Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi and “Catholics” for Free Choice—opposes the HHS mandate.

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TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: bishops; hhsmandate
One of Obama's fan-bois.
1 posted on 05/27/2012 6:11:33 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
Dear President Obama,

Please remove the one(1) paragraph in your 2000 page socialist health care bill which requires us to offer contraception in our insurance plans.

Then we can go back to cheerleading for you again.

Sincerely,
the Catholic Church

2 posted on 05/27/2012 6:16:29 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Ut veniant omnes)
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To: Notary Sojac
You are correct.

Prior to the contraception mandate, many in my wife's parish were cheering the law. Saying it brought more “fairness” to health care and that is the “most important thing”.

3 posted on 05/27/2012 6:24:49 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Notary Sojac

Don’t forget to mention (often) the “need” for affordable healthcare for undocumented citizens, in this letter to BO ;)


4 posted on 05/27/2012 6:32:30 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Cute. But wrong. Chuck him in the dustbin of history, before he does the same to the country. That good enough for you?

One prelate disagreeing with the otherwise united front is just that. At the risk of sounding just as arbitrary as you just were, you can’t do that. And while I definitely am behind this current effort, I’d much rather see the stronger defense: a defense based on Catholic teachings with regard to the inherent evil of contraceptives, abortion, et al. The bishops went with a somewhat weaker item in religious freedom, because they felt that it would garner more support from the non-Catholic Christians in the country. And they’re right, there. But this isn’t a numbers thing, so much as it is a right versus wrong thing.

Obama’s position on these things is inherently Evil, with a capital “E.” It is disordered, and should never be supported. Perhaps a defense based solely on Catholic doctrine on the subject of birth control and abortion would not have as much support from our separated brethren, but it’d still be a more appropriate way to go. As to any of the bishops leaning leftward, yeah, I suppose some still do, and yes, that’s a pity. We still have some of those outgrowths of the damage done in the sixties through the eighties, n additions a lot of really good and holy men. Cardinal Burke comes to mind, or Archbishop Chaput. Awesome men. More should be in the world, but not of it, if you catch my drift, but that’a the case will all of us, I’d say.

You wanna make things better? Fine. Here’s what you, personally do: PRAY. Catholic or not. Pray for good and holy men to lead, and pray for those who follow them. Then, you’ve done something about it, as opposed to what you’ve done here. That, by the way, is a serious suggestion on my part, not sarcastic.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 6:34:14 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Notary Sojac
That's true for some of them, but I think they're turning the corner on that. It's been a (cough, cough) "learning experience."

Nancy Pelosi told the literal truth when she said they'd have to pass this bill to see what was in it. The Obamacare bill had about --- what was it, 1500? --- places where it said "the Secretary shall determine," "the Secretary shall choose," "the Secretary shall appoint," "the Secretary shall design," etc. etc. They've given a blank canvas to the divine miss Sebelus, and pots of glorious pigments to paint in whatever she likes.

Yes, the USCCB was wrong from the git-go. It was wrong from BEFORE the git-go, wrong from about 1919. But now I really think that light-bulb thingie over their heads is flickering on.

6 posted on 05/27/2012 7:24:15 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Notary Sojac

I’m a Catholic and I have never heard anyone cheerlead about the healthcare HHS mandate.

Are you sure you didn’t want to mark that <sarc off

If it is sarcasm, what about all the other denominations that voted for Obama?


7 posted on 05/27/2012 7:49:47 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

In all fairness, it should be pointed out to the USCCB that all over the western world, the welfare state is moribund.

The welfare state was an ideal that cannot be sustained in the real world. Its biggest flaws were first, in trying to create a blanket solution to individual, human problems.

Second, to redistribute wealth, on the belief that the mediocrity or middle class is superior to both prosperity and poverty, and can be created and exist without prosperity and poverty.

Third, that its costs were stable or would decline, instead of continuing to grow until it they not be afforded by anyone.

And fourth, the hidden purpose of the welfare state, to recreate a situation of a noble elite and a noble clergy ruling over a peasantry of everyone else. (Nothing quite like oaths of poverty and chastity to make someone an informed expert of both money and sexuality.)

Be that as it may, it is time for the USCCB to “move on”, and figure out ways to convince the wealthy that their wealth is unimportant if they are impoverished in spirit; and to convince the poor that God helps those who help themselves (maybe with the help of a “jump start”); yet not to forget to increase their spirit as well as their wallet.

None of which involves government, at all.


8 posted on 05/27/2012 7:56:44 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: marshmallow; FatherofFive

Time for someone to step down from his lofty office, oh yeah and this idiot bishop as well


9 posted on 05/27/2012 8:45:55 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: sayuncledave

They should also point out about how socialized medicine is increasingly relying on de facto euthanasia for cost control - you’re too old, too sickly, not good enough, go home and die. It also makes medicine a political weapon, from the pro-life protestor told he can no longer get non-critical care because of his protests of abortion to sex change surgery getting higher priority than life saving procedures.


10 posted on 05/27/2012 10:16:52 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: marshmallow
For those who don't realize what is happening here:


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11 posted on 05/27/2012 3:52:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: tbw2
They should also point out about how socialized medicine is increasingly relying on de facto euthanasia for cost control - you’re too old, too sickly, not good enough, go home and die. It also makes medicine a political weapon, from the pro-life protestor told he can no longer get non-critical care because of his protests of abortion to sex change surgery getting higher priority than life saving procedures.

Social justice is another name for the sin of statolatry--the worship of the state as the ultimate moral agent. These things you list are merely a sample of the fruits of that sin.

12 posted on 05/28/2012 1:20:08 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Inner city violence has gotten out of hand. Our only hope is to pray to Saint Skittles.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
It's been a (cough, cough) "learning experience."

At some point they may realize that's the thing about scorpions: they sting.

13 posted on 05/28/2012 1:28:58 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Inner city violence has gotten out of hand. Our only hope is to pray to Saint Skittles.)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Since Catholic Culture does not need to be excerpted, here is the full text of the article.


The counter-attack has begun. You knew it was coming, didn’t you?

For weeks now the American bishops have been marching in lockstep unity, completely unanimous in their opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Catholic hierarchy has been headed into a showdown with President Obama, and not a single bishop had shown any inclination to back away from the fight. But you knew it couldn’t last. And it didn’t.

This week Bishop Stephen Blaire became the first prelate to break stride, voicing his misgivings about the confrontation. Oh, Bishop Blaire wasn’t suggesting that the Catholic hierarchy should accede to the HHS mandate. After all he had already condemned the mandate as unjust, as had the leaders of every other Catholic diocese in the United States. But Bishop Blaire raised a few questions about the strategy being followed by the leaders of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), about the lack of consultation, about the possible public perceptions. That was enough. Immediately liberal Catholics seized the opportunity to launch their own campaign, suggesting that only a minority of “conservative” bishops favor the all-out battle against the HHS mandate.

Now Bishop Blair says that his words were misinterpreted. “I stand solidly with my brother bishops in our common resolve to overturn the unacceptable intrusion of government into the life of the Church by the HHS mandate,” he insists in a follow-up statement. But no one ever doubted his opposition to the mandate. Every reasonable Catholic—excluding the extreme ideologues like Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi and “Catholics” for Free Choice—opposes the HHS mandate. What divides liberal Catholics from the mainstream is the question of how to respond to that mandate. Should Catholic voters see this as a crucial battle that we absolutely cannot afford to lose? Or should they look at the mandate as one of many issues to take into consideration during this year’s election campaign? In his remarks to America magazine, Bishop Blaire leaned heavily toward the latter option. “The question is what is our focus as bishops,” he said.

Bishop Blaire evidently has his own ideas about “our focus as bishops.” As chairman of the USCCB committee on justice and peace, he has released a raft of statements on other political issues, taking public stands that usually coincide with the positions of the Obama administration. Now he expressed his concern that “some groups ‘very far to the right’ are trying to use the conflict [over the HHS mandate] ‘as an anti-Obama campaign.” He had never voices any misgivings that people ‘very far to the left’ might exploit his own statements in a pro-Obama campaign.

The problem with the battle against the HHS mandate, Bishop Blaire told America, is that some people “are trying to co-opt this and make it into a political issue.” Well, there’s an old saying: “You can’t take the politics out of politics.” The HHS mandate is a political issue. It is a political proposal, backed by some politicians and opposed by others. If you hope to defeat the mandate, you must take sides.

And again, the issues on which Bishop Blaire has issued statements—such as welfare and food stamps and budget cuts and immigration and the Cuban embargo—are political issues, too. So the question is not whether the bishops should take political stands (they already do), but whether they should make the HHS mandate THE issue, or just one among many.

You know the drill, don’t you? For years bishops have been issuing statements informing Catholic voters that they cannot, in good conscience, vote for a political candidate who supports legal abortion. But year after year, USCCB statements have softened that stand, instructing voters that the sanctity of human life is one issue—admittedly a very important one—among several that should be taken into consideration on Election Day. It always has been easy for liberal Catholics to turn those statements to their advantage. And this year will be no different.

Sure enough, as soon as Bishop Blaire spoke to America, columnist E.J. Dionne pounced on the opportunity in Commonweal. Bishop Blaire’s statement had come at a time when the USCCB campaign against the HHS mandate was in the headlines, after 41 Catholic institutions joined in a lawsuit to block the policy. Dionne’s column raised the first questions about those suits. “It turns out that many bishops, notably the church leadership in California, saw the litigation as premature,” he said.

Dionne went on to paint a picture of a divided episcopal conference\, with a few powerful “conservative” prelates bullying the more moderate majority. “For too long,” he complained, “the Catholic Church's stance on public issues has been defined by the outspokenness of its most conservative bishops and the reticence of moderate and progressive prelates.” That description of USCCB affairs might astonish people who have been following the bishops’ highly public campaigns against budget cuts and immigration restrictions and nuclear weaponry and the war in Iraq: subjects on which the “moderate and progressive prelates” have been anything but reticent. But for readers who do not follow the USCCB closely, and especially for those who think that only “conservative” Catholic bishops oppose abortion, the argument may sound plausible enough.

Dionne’s colleague at the Washington Post, Lisa Miller, soon stepped in with her own column pressing the offensive, arguing that only a handful of American bishops support the all-out battle against the mandate. “A much larger group of more moderate bishops has stayed mostly silent, fearful that to take a stand against their bishop brethren would be to lay bare intramural fissures,” she claimed. Again that argument is impossible to sustain in the face of the factual evidence: the statements issued from every diocese in the country, condemning the mandate. But Miller’s narrative may be enough to give liberals an excuse for supporting the Obama administration despite the USCCB’s campaign against his health-care mandate.

Bishop Blaire was the first American prelate to raise questions about that USCCB campaign. There will be others. Dionne and Miller wrote the first columns spinning out the implications of the bishop’s statement. There will be more. In order to defeat the mandate, the American bishops will need united support among Catholic voters. They cannot expect such unity from the laity if they do not maintain unity among themselves.

14 posted on 07/27/2012 1:24:56 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer
Bishop Blaire told America,

He told this to America (should that be Amerika?), and didn't expect any blowback?

15 posted on 07/27/2012 1:32:21 PM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
I believe the reporter is referring to America Magazine, the national Catholic Weekly magazine published by the Jesuits.
16 posted on 07/27/2012 1:48:00 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

I know.


17 posted on 07/27/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT by maryz
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To: marshmallow
Does that guy always look like a possum or is it just that one picture?

I bet he even has a nice possum tail, too.

I've been wondering when there would be a group of bishops who break away and want to keep on being Protestant in all but name.

Some of these folks have to be shaking in their boots over the thought of the Catholic Church being Catholic rather than letting the Church in the US keep playing "go along to get along" like the majority of Protestants do.

18 posted on 07/27/2012 3:05:40 PM PDT by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: marshmallow

Or one of Bernardin’s Boys?


19 posted on 07/27/2012 5:46:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Well, the bishops COULD do a better job explaining this.

How often, for example, do they make clear that is it not only the issue of the Catholic Church’s freedom to run its schools and hospitals, but rather the individual freedom of every American to practice his religion in everyday life?

How many obamoids would mandate that Jews eat pork?

It is a stark, somber, liberty or death issue.


20 posted on 07/27/2012 7:45:52 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: NYer
In order to defeat the mandate, the American bishops will need united support among Catholic voters. They cannot expect such unity from the laity if they do not maintain unity among themselves.

Amen! Too many Catholics believe what they hear on the nightly news or read in the newspapers. If they hear a continual drumbeat of 'the fight against the Mandate is falling apart', they will be ripe for the picking for the 'useful idiots', those liberal Catholics who still support Obama, even after this debacle of a Presidency.

21 posted on 07/27/2012 8:23:04 PM PDT by SuziQ
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