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Catholic Health Association Now Does NOT Endorse Senate Bill

12-28-09 Posted by admin in Blog, Featured Articles, Gallery, Recent Articles 4 Comments

By Deal Hudson

LifeNews.com is reporting that the Catholic Health Association does NOT endorse the Senate health care bill and the abortion language crafted by Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA).  In an interview with Catholic News Service, CHA president, Sr. Carol Keehan, explained, ‘The Catholic Health Association has not endorsed the health legislation that was passed by the Senate . . . . nor did it endorse the Casey compromise language that was later opposed by the bishops’ conference.”

Keehan is backtracking from a previous position at odds with the expressed position of the USCCB, which received a great deal of attention over the past few days as the result of a New York Times article by David Kirkpatrick, “Catholic Group Supports Senate on Abortion Aid.”

Here is more of Keehan’s backtracking — she was obviously upset with the NYT’s story:

“There is not a shred of disagreement between CHA and the bishops,” Sister Carol said. “We believe there is a great possibility and probability that in conference committee we can work toward a solution that will prevent federal funding of abortion.”

She told CNS that CHA, representing over 600 Catholic hospitals, ‘brings a lot of expertise with funding structures in the marketplace’ to the debate and hopes to ‘bring that to bear’ during the conference committee process.

“I felt they [the Senate] were making progress and were getting where we needed to be,” she said. “I understand that it doesn’t make a good story to say (CHA and the USCCB) are working together. But it would have been an honest story.”

Who’s being honest here?  Sister Keehan’s statement on December 17 contained the following:

“[N]ow that a public health insurance option is no longer on the table, we are increasingly confident that Senator Casey’s language can achieve the objective of no federal funding for abortion. . . . It is our understanding that the language now being written would prohibit federal funding of abortion,” Keehan said.

The problem for Keehan is that the only groups who agreed with her view of the Senate bill were Catholics United, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and Catholic Democrats.  They are all organizations who have repeatedly demonstrated their allegiance to the Democratic Party and the Obama White House by subordinating the non-negotiable life issues to political success.

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4 Responses to Catholic Health Association Now Does NOT Endorse Senate Bill

  1. Frederick Scheffler says:

    There was a time when Catholicism had some basic tenets. It was One,Holy,Catholic and Apostolic. That is no longer the case.
    The name “Catholic” Health Association would imply concurrence with core Catholic tenets. Regrettably we have an “American” Catholic Church that has little direction and even less responsibility. The Catholicism in which I was raised had absolutes. Abortion is the taking of a human life. There can be no compromise.
    The time is overdue for Catholic leaders, and by that I mean our Cardinals and Bishops ,to speak with one voice and condemn these actions and those that would endorse them. Far too many “Catholic” politicians continue to go unchallenged by our Church hierarchy and in many cases are given “cover” by this silence.

  2. Janet S says:

    I don’t trust the CHA to uphold Church teaching. They have gone against Church teaching in the past regarding end of life issues (feeding tubes) and emergency contraception. For example they endorse the use of the morning after pill (Plan B) in Catholic hospitals and deny its abortifacient/interceptive actions in spite of contradictory information from the FDA and the drug companies. They also enthusiastically supported President Obama and both of his pro-abortion nominees (Daschle and Sebelius) for the secretary of HHS. From their past history, we can be sure they will be more loyal to the Democratic Party than they will be to the Church.

  3. I’m concerned that the CHA might want to have their cake & eat it!!! Sorry, they cannot have it both ways!!! To be a true Catholic means one sticks with the church teaching on the Right to Life which goes way back in history!!! ["50" years ago, our Catholic HS religion teacher stressed the church's stand against abortion.]

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