Obama Catholics Finally Criticize the Obama Administration
It was long in coming: An August 26 open letter signed by many of the Catholics who have cheered on President Obama and his administration have asked that the health care policy be changed to allow conscience protection for religious institutions.
Among the signatories are Professors Fr. Thomas Reese of Georgetown, Lisa Sowie Cahill of Boston College, Margaret Steinfels of Fordham, and Nicholas Cafardi of Duquesne. All are Obama supporters, and all signed a 2009 letter circulated by Professor Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America in defense of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius when, because of her support for abortion, she was not to receive communion.
Now, ironically, these same Catholic, Obama supporters are asking Secretary Sebelius to change a policy that would force Catholic institutions to offer contraception and abortion in the name of “health care.” Their 2009 letter described Sebelius as “a woman of deep faith” but obviously not deep enough to care about using the power of the government to close down Catholic hospitals that would not abide by HHS policy.
Professor Schneck was the principal author of the May, 2011 letter to Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, on the occasion of his delivering the 2011 commencement address at the Catholic University of America. Speaker Boehner, whose record on life, marriage, and family issues is unassailable was described by Schneck, et al. in the following way:
“Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings. From the Apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress. This fundamental concern should have great urgency for Catholic policy makers. Yet, even now, you work in opposition to it.”
Secretary Sebelius who has used the immense power of the federal bureaucracy to expand the abortion mandate as far as possible was described by Schneck as a person of “deep faith.”
All this incoherence is only a foretaste of what will be on display as we get closer to the 2012 election. Catholic Advocate will continue to monitor the situation “at the front” and comment on future manifestations of “bad conscience” as they occur.
By Deal Hudson, President of Catholic Advocate
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