Monday, September 28, 2009


From Catholic News Service:

"Though Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., concedes there's no political will in Washington to include illegal immigrants in health care reform, he believes it's the country's moral obligation to ensure that everyone in the nation receives proper medical care."

It is the moral obligation of the individual citizen to provide for the poor through charitable donations and activities. It is not the moral obligation of the state. The state has no resources with which to provide these services. All money that the state has access to belongs to its citizens and is only available to the state through taxation. So it looks as though the Bishop is saying the state should forcefully confiscate personal wealth to redistribute as it sees fit. This sounds like Communism to me; or maybe we should just call it "social justice".

"That includes those who enter the country illegally, he told Catholic News Service in mid-September.

"I agree that there is a special problem with those who have entered here without the permission of the United States, and that has to be looked at," said Bishop Murphy, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "But that's a problem unto itself."

So, the Bishop would sanction the theft of personal property (tax dollars) by those that have lied and cheated to sneak into the country illegally. Seems to be awfully anxious to toss more than a few of those pesky commandments in the trash. But really, what are Gods laws when you are looking at the greater good, "social justice".

"Most U.S. Catholic bishops who have spoken publicly about health care reform have expressed the opinion that one of the richest countries in the world should find a way to guarantee that everyone within its borders has access to medical care, from conception to natural death."

THE COUNTRY IS BROKE!!!! Yet the U.S. bishops would like to see a new civil right created, the right to healthcare. God didn't see fit to create this right but then I guess the Bishops will explain to Him the error of His ways.

Several Hispanic bishops met with members of the House and Senate Sept. 17 to convey their concern that immigrants -- legal and illegal -- might be left out of health reform.

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., said that in addition to President Barack Obama's pledge not to provide government-funded care to people in the country illegally, concerns have been expressed that even legal immigrants might be left out of the system.

Bishop Soto said the exclusion of government-supported insurance for undocumented immigrants is an issue with which the bishops might disagree, but could concede as a political necessity. But the legislation "has to include at a minimum some kind of safety net for the undocumented," particularly if the goal of a nationwide health care reform plan is to improve the overall health of society, he said.

"We realize it's a very contentious issue," Bishop Soto said. "But there has to be some kind of a safety net."

If undocumented immigrants cannot participate in health insurance, he added, "they will end up in emergency rooms."

Which is where they will end up anyway. Why would someone that is in the country illegally pay premiums to a health program when the very act of paying those premiums would expose him to legal scrutiny that he needs to avoid? The only solution to this will be that the government will not require any sort of proof of insurance from illegals but will treat them gratis, using taxpayer money to cover the cost. Ain't "social justice" grand?

"Bishop Murphy said Catholic hospitals will not turn illegal immigrants away if they don't have medical insurance, but he believes it will be more cost-effective if the undocumented are given an opportunity to buy into an affordable health insurance plan.

On "the issue of health care, if it leaves out immigrants, it is doing what some people want it to do in terms of the unborn," he said.

"How can we say that we're a country of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who come to our shores if we say, 'except the unborn.' Or, if we say, 'except the handicapped.' Or, if we say, 'except the new person,'" Bishop Murphy said. "Then we have not lived up to the high ideal of our country. And we have introduced a sense of injustice into a plan that should be just for all."

WE ARE NOT SAYING EXCEPT THE NEW PERSON!!!! WE ARE SAYING EXCEPT THE ILLEGAL PERSON!!!! The Declaration of Independence says that all men have certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It does not say we are a country of these things. These are God given rights, not part of some half baked "social justice" program. The Bishop doesn't seem to understand our real rights while all the while trying his best to create a new one out of thin air and Marxist fantasies.

The Progressives normally scream anytime a cleric gets anywhere near a political issue, especially abortion. I guess they are willing to make an exception for health control.

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