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.
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.”
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.
Our Recap: Catholic nun is a “family friend” with
a Playboy model whose famous mother is
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.
This Dossier Exposes her OBSESSION with GUILTY MURDERERS; DEFIANCE against traditional Catholic teaching; BLINDNESS to the ABORTION holocaust; her connections with the NEW AGE FEMINISTS NUN MOVEMENTS and DISSENTING ORGANIZATIONS; and the ACLU.
“Sister Prejean is a Community Organizer” — profile from her book “Dead Man Walking.”
Sister Prejean is coming to spend a week in Oregon, speaking and selling her books.
Network’s public letter of support for the Catholic Health Association provided additional political cover for the bill’s defenders, who argued that it preserved the status quo on federal funding of abortion.
A month later, the U.S. bishops and conference officials are still angry.
“In the past, we have worked with Network on immigration reform, and they attend some meetings of our coalition,” said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs at the bishops’ conference. “But working in a coalition requires trust. Network can’t have it both ways: It can’t benefit from the bishops’ advocacy and then undercut them at a strategic moment.”
Appleby’s sense of betrayal was echoed by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., who recently wrote Sister Carol Keehan, the Catholic Health Association president, to request that the CHA drop a Catholic hospital in his diocese from membership. Any “association with CHA is now embarrassing,” he said.
Correction to earlier version of this post. Due to the title of this cable program, your editor mistakenly assumed that the interviewer, Pam Carsten, was associated with Sisters of the Road. She is not. Therefore, there is no association with Planned Parenthood and Sisters of the Road.
Two Interviews are on this video.
Episode 35 ‘Face To Face’:
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette’s Marketing Director, Liz Delapoer, is interviewed by Portland Community Media producer and community organizer Pam Carsten.
By Douglas Johnson, Legislative Director, National Right To Life Committee
The Barack Obama “messaging machine” is now in full overdrive mode, seeking to mislead religiously committed Americans into thinking that Obama has a middle-of-the-road position on abortion policy and will promote “abortion reduction.”
One important part of the “faith outreach” sales pitch has been to insist that Obama would promote “abortion reduction” policies — that is to say, policies that would have the practical effect of reducing the number of abortions performed, without actually restricting abortion directly. This spiel was really a public relations strategy cooked up at a liberal think tank called third way, where veteran pro-abortion activists develop “messaging” strategies to help pro-abortion politicians camouflage their positions. The third way “Culture Program” (responsible for the “abortion reduction” strategy, among other projects) is directed by Rachel Laser, whose previous job was with the Health and Reproductive Rights group at the National Women’s Law Center, and who before that worked for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, a major abortion provider.
But despite such efforts, more and more Americans are learning that the real Barack Obama is firmly committed to an agenda of sweeping pro-abortion policy changes that, if implemented, could be expected to drastically increase the numbers of abortions performed.
One component of the Obama abortion agenda, the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCAS. 1173), is coming under increased scrutiny from many quarters. The FOCA is the most sweeping piece of pro-abortion legislation ever proposed in Congress. It is a bill that would establish a federal “abortion right” broader than Roe v. Wade and, in the words of the National Organization for Women, “sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws [and] policies.”