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Catholic Bishops wage political battle

Original post made by Pearly Pearl, Professorville, on Feb 10, 2012

From the Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the Catholic Bishops, Web Link , on human life and dignity, and justice.

To the Chairmen of the (GOP) House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee:

"On behalf of the Catholic bishops, I urge you to extend emergency unemployment insurance in order that jobless workers and their families, who have suffered greatly in this economic downturn, can have a basic level of financial security as they seek stable, full-time employment. Furthermore, I wish to express deep concern with and strong opposition to proposals to alter the Child Tax Credit to now exclude children of hard working immigrant families. [...]

As Pope John Paul II said in his encyclical On Human Work:

The obligation to provide unemployment benefits, that is to say, the duty to make suitable grants indispensable for the subsistence of unemployed workers and their families, is a duty springing from the fundamental principle of the moral order in this sphere, namely the principle of the common use of goods or, to put it in another and still simpler way, the right to life and subsistence (No. 18)."

I'm sure the GOP House will get right to work supporting the Catholic Bishops' request for compassion.

ohhhhhhhmygosh!!! Sorry, you thought it was about that other REALLY IMPORTANT issue that the Pope supports?

Okay, okay, okay-dokey, here you go: Web Link

"While the vast majority of U.S. Catholics support capital punishment, Pope John Paul II has declared the Church's near total opposition to the death penalty."

Anything else? You mean the phony women's health issue about birth control?

Solved. Even before the so called compromise today.

The largest Catholic Universities (DePaul, Georgetown, etc..) have been for years offering insurance plans with contraception.

It's was the law in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor, as well as 30 other states.

99% of women have used birth control, 98% of Catholic women.

Even Fox News has a poll showing BROAD SUPPORT of the President's plan, even before it was modified today: Web Link

"The new Obama health care law requires that employer health plans provide birth control coverage as part of preventive services for women. Catholic and other religious-affiliated hospitals and universities typically have not provided any birth control coverage for their employees, and oppose the new requirement because it violates their religious rights. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of requiring employer health plans to cover birth control for women?

Approve 61%
Disapprove 34%
(Don't know) 5%"

Scandal? Rather, a phony inside-the-beltway media driven joke.




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Posted by John Hand
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Feb 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

One would think after the right's disaster with Komen that the GOP would have known better than to side against women on this trumped up issue.

Fox poll said 2-1. Wow.


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Posted by morally bankrupt
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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The morally bankrupt catholic church is lecturing us on what is ' right'. They are acting outraged over this issue. Maybe they should clean their own house before they tell us what to do.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

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Yes, truly terrible that the Catholics are siding with the liberty to choose the insurance you want, instead of with forcing us to buy insurance we don't want.

Those darn,evil Catholics, wanting us to be free to choose the lives we want to live, pay for what we want to have! How dare they!!

If we accept DCs power to overturn our own beliefs and force us inot submission into the church of DC, what next? In the name of women, forcing Muslim centers to allow women into their prayers? I mean, really, the govt knows best what is good for us, right? Forcing those who support abortion to pay for anti-abortion counseling for women?

Try to remember, folks, the powerhunger of govt is insatiable. We have shredded respect for our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but individual liberty is the name of the game that we are tossing out.


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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

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"Yes, truly terrible that the Catholics are siding with the liberty to choose the insurance you want, instead of with forcing us to buy insurance we don't want."
This has nothing to do with insurance, Perspective. Perhaps you should become familiar with the issue.

"Those darn,evil Catholics, wanting us to be free to choose the lives we want to live, pay for what we want to have! How dare they!!"
Once again, become familiar with the issue before you get all worked up.

"If we accept DCs power to overturn our own beliefs and force us inot submission into the church of DC, what next? "
No one is forcing any woman to use contraceptives. No one is forcing anyone to abandon their religious beliefs.

"We have shredded respect for our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but individual liberty is the name of the game that we are tossing out."
No one is tossing out individual liberties--you are just parroting the bogus claims of the Republicans and the "moral authorities" in the Catholic Church.


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