Catholic Leaders Discuss Health Care
“Last week a British Catholic journal, in an editorial titled “U.S. bishops must back Obama,” claimed that America’s bishops “have so far concentrated on a specifically Catholic issue – making sure state-funded health care does not include abortion – rather than the more general principle of the common good.”
It went on to say that if U.S. Catholic leaders would get over their parochial preoccupations, “they could play a central role in salvaging Mr. Obama’s health-care programme.”
Read Archbishop Chaput’s response and more of this essential piece at Catholic.org.
Justin Cardinal Rigali weighed in specifically on the issue of abortion and health care reform. Specifically, that any plan for reform that openly encourages or funds abortion is not health care at all. Also from Catholic.org:
There is a basic principle of morality which states: “The end does not justify the means.” Just what is the meaning of this statement? Each of us can be faced with an array of problems. Our goal may be to solve those problems. That, in itself, is a good thing. However, simply because we wish to bring about a good solution, or end, as it is more technically called, does not mean that we can use any and every way, or means, to bring that about.
Read more from Cardinal Rigali, who discusses current events in the light of some of the greatest minds in the history of Catholicism: Saints Paul and Augustine and Pope Pius XII. Be sure to read the full article at the link.
Lastly, but most recently, Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Orlando discusses how the Bishops have worked to shaped the public debate on health care reform, and why involvement in this debate is essential, as this simple bill has the power to impact the future.
Because health care reform is too important and legitimate a goal to allow it to be hijacked by destructive agendas such as government mandated abortion coverage, we lobbied strongly that any health care legislation be “abortion neutral”. While our opposition to abortion is well known, we recognize the sad reality that abortion is legal, available and offered by insurers as optional coverage which people can purchase if they choose to do so. However, we insist that health care reform legislation under consideration does not become a vehicle for government required payments for abortion or abortion mandates.
Find the rest of Bishop Wenski’s piece, and his weekly column, at the homepage of the Archdiocese of Orlando.