American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil: Paul Rahe

EXPOSING CATHOLIC SUPPORT FOR OBAMACARE  – No. 3 in Series

American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil – Ricochet.com

By Paul A. Rahe, Hillsdale College

Feb. 10, 2012

EXCERPT:

You have to hand it to Barack Obama. He has unmasked in the most thoroughgoing way the despotic propensities of the administrative entitlements state and of the Democratic Party.

And now he has done something similar to the hierarchy of the American Catholic Church.

At the prospect that institutions associated with the Catholic Church would be required to offer to their employees health insurance covering contraception and abortifacients, the bishops, priests, and nuns scream bloody murder.

But they raise no objection at all to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman Catholics will be required to do the same. The freedom of the church as an institution to distance itself from that which its doctrines decry as morally wrong is considered sacrosanct. The liberty of its members – not to mention the liberty belonging to the adherents of other Christian sects, to Jews, Muslims, and non-believers – to do the same they are perfectly willing to sacrifice.

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In my lifetime, to my increasing regret, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has lost much of its moral authority. It has done so largely because it has subordinated its teaching of Catholic moral doctrine to its ambitions regarding an expansion of the administrative entitlements state. In 1973, when the Supreme Court made its decision in Roe v. Wade, had the bishops, priests, and nuns screamed bloody murder and declared war, as they have recently done, the decision would have been reversed. Instead, under the leadership of Joseph Bernadin, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago, they asserted that the social teaching of the Church was a “seamless garment,” and they treated abortion as one concern among many. Here is what Cardinal Bernadin said in the Gannon Lecture at Fordham University that he delivered in 1983:

Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us: the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker.

Consistency means that we cannot have it both ways. We cannot urge a compassionate society and vigorous public policy to protect the rights of the unborn and then argue that compassion and significant public programs on behalf of the needy undermine the moral fiber of the society or are beyond the proper scope of governmental responsibility.

This statement, which came to be taken as authoritative throughout the American Church, proved, as Joseph Sobran observed seven years ago, “to be nothing but a loophole for hypocritical Catholic politicians. If anything,” he added, “it has actually made it easier for them than for non-Catholics to give their effective support to legalized abortion – that is, it has allowed them to be inconsistent and unprincipled about the very issues that Cardinal Bernardin said demand consistency and principle.” In practice, this meant that, insofar as anyone pressed the case against Roe v. Wade, it was the laity.

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Liberal Nuns, Planned Parenthood, and Health Care Reform Bill

EXPOSING CATHOLIC SUPPORT FOR OBAMACARE

FIRST IN A SERIES

Note:  these nuns are dissenters, members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Religious sisters’ support for US health care bill discussed at Vatican meetings :: Catholic News Agency CNA

July 8, 2010

EXCERPT:

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said NETWORK’s letter was a “critical demonstration of support.” She praised how the nuns “most importantly broke with the bishops and the Vatican to announce their support for health care reform.”

 

Red Nun Stalking Hollywood Scandalizes Catholics

Pro-Life Action of Oregon News – 11/16/11

Red nun stalking Hollywood scandalizes Catholics . . .

The celebrity “nun” Helen Prejean just can’t say ‘no’ to her Hollywood “family.”

  Susan Sarandon as a witch.

 

 

 

 

Actress Susan Sarandon, raised a Catholic and who shacked up with actor Tim Robbins for 21 years, invited Helen Prejean to “officiate” at Sarandon’s daughter’s wedding.

Will Hollywood ever get over ‘Dead Man Walking’?  Will the idolization of a Catholic nun ever end?

  • ‘The ceremony included a twist on classic vows – “We re-worked them to create something more personal,” says [bride] Amurri – and was officiated by Sister Helen Prejean, about whom the movie Dead Man Walking was made, starring Sarandon.’  
  • “She’s an old family friend,” says a guest. “It just made sense for them to have her do it.”

See what I mean?

Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri has posed in Playboy and Maxim.  She stars as a stripper in Californication.

Story in ‘People’ and Here.  Los Angeles Times blog. 

Sarandon is a well-known supporter of Planned Parenthood, sworn enemy of the Catholic Church and the Body of Christ.  In 2008, Sarandon was an honorary chair at Planned Parenthood affiliates (p. 15).

Robbins directed Sarandon in ‘Dead Man Walking,‘ a controversial account of two death row inmates befriended by Prejean, both guilty of heinous crimes and sentenced to death.  Prejean was the first female spiritual adviser of male death row inmates.  Critics like myself who have done the research, conclude the book on which the film is based is a work of fiction.

The true account can be found in these books:

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Our Recap:  Catholic nun is a “family friend” with
a Playboy model

whose famous mother is
radically pro-abortion.


We look forward to the day when her bishop reins her in for her fame and finances.  Did you know she receives royalties from her book and the film and the opera?  Did you know she doesn’t have a Mother Superior?  Catholics must be wondering why she is allowed so much freedom!

Fr. Frank Pavone is still in isolation for his fame and finances.  At the Bishop’s conference, Rachel’s Vineyard packets were distributed to all the bishops.  No mention of Fr. Frank’s great work.

Madonna of the Streets.jpg Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us.

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