Robert and his trusty sidekick Smitty have a link to Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput's article at First Things. I seem to recall that some of the readers at A Tangled Web had attempted to portray the Catholic Church as advocating for Obamacare - even if it included language in support of federal tax dollars being used for abortions, and also no provision for doctors who would conscientiously object to performing abortions. Well - worse than no provision. I'm sure that somewhere along the way I had read language that would require them to perform abortions - - - or else! (We won't know for certain what version we're going to end up with until after Pelosi/Reid slam it through, will we?)
Here is an interesting tidbit from Archbishop Chaput's essay entitled 'The Captivity of 'Catholic' Witness'
On March 18, the advocacy group Catholics United, which worried so earnestly about Republican faith partisans controlling Catholic thought in the last election, rolled out an attack-ad campaign against Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in his home state. Why? Because Stupak insists—along with the U.S. bishops and every major national prolife group—that the Senate version of the reform bill now being forced ahead by congressional leaders and the White House fails to exclude abortion and its public funding from the legislation.
On the same day, writer E.J. Dionne lamented the nation’s “viciously politicized battle over health care” in his syndicated column. Then he showed how it got that ugly by savaging the bishops for their alleged defection “from a cause they have championed for decades” and discarding “the flag of social justice . . . under increasing right-wing influence.” He claimed that the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Cardinal Francis George, had distorted the views of the Catholic Health Association, which voiced support of the legislation last week.
Dionne’s column came just days after Network, a Catholic “social justice” lobby founded by women religious, also broke ranks with the bishops and endorsed the fatally flawed Senate version of health-care reform.
...the captivity of some Catholics to the agenda of current congressional leaders and the White House proves that faith partisans are not a monopoly of the political right, and that some Catholics have an almost frantic unwillingness to see the abortion issue for what it is—a foundational matter of social justice and human rights. It can’t be avoided in developing our public policies without debasing the whole nature of Christian social teaching. No rights are safe when the right to life is not.
Oh - there's more in that article of Archbishop Chaput's. Lots more. And if you've been one of the ones yelping about how Catholics are for this legislation - even with the abortion provisions - then you really must read it all. The Archbishop will show you exactly where you can stuff that crap.
Enjoy watching the sparks fly - RS McCain won't disappoint.
Cross posted at A Tangled Web.