Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Individual bishops speak up against Obamacare

During her interview with Jeff Gardner on Catholic Radio International, American Life League Director Judie Brown, surprised me by saying "we've never had better bishops". Hearing the dim view she had of Senator Kennedy's funeral, I expected her to me more pessimistic about our bishops. She said that she feels we have turned a corner, and that the American Catholic cares more about life issues than ever, before, and that our bishops reflect this trend.
Now I can see where she gets her enthusiasm. These shepherds are eloquent, bold and inspiring. Let's follow them to victory over this insidious evil plan with it's hidden agenda which belongs to the Culture of Death.
Death to seniors, death to the disabled, death to the unborn.

Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa issued this message today,
"First and most important, the Church will not accept any legislation that mandates coverage, public or private, for abortion, euthanasia, or embryonic stem-cell research," Nickless writes. "We refuse to allow our own parish, school, and diocesan health insurance plans to be forced to include these evils."
I think Bishop Nickless is referring to the State of North Carolina's efforts to force faithfully Catholic Belmont Abbey College to cover abortions and birth control in their employee health plan. That would be the future of Catholic health care plans if Obamacare passes.

Bishop Robert Vasa of Oregon stated, "Without these changes (and significant changes in other medical, moral and conscience issues) the health care bill is fatally flawed and as such cannot be supported."

"Meanwhile, the Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, Samuel J. Aquila, has written a letter calling for “genuine health care reform.”
“True health care begins with the unborn child in the womb,” he explained. “When a given plan to provide care fails to protect that life, it is no longer animated by a source of truth and justice, thus it will not, and cannot, flourish.”
Abortion "has nothing to do with promoting health," he says."

Such clear, uncompromising words give encouragement to those of us who labor in the trenches.
Nickless has encouragement for pro-life advocates.
"I encourage all of you to make your voice heard to our representatives in Congress. Tell them what they need to hear from us: No health care reform is better than the wrong sort of health care reform," he says. "Insist that they not permit themselves to be railroaded into the current too-costly and pro-abortion health care proposals. Insist on their support for proposals that respect the life and dignity of every human person, especially the unborn."

Thank you Bishops Nickless, Vasa, and Aquila!

Read the entire story at Life News.