Wednesday, June 23, 2010


"Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in an interview last week agreed that the rift over the federal health care bill between the bishops and the Catholic Health Association (CHA) exposed a major question concerning who speaks for the Church.

The cardinal’s recorded comments echo other reports. Last week, episcopal sources, who requested anonymity, told CNA that the cardinal lamented the rise of a “parallel magisterium” in the health care debate and blamed CHA and other groups for the passage of the bill.

...Later in the interview, Allen asked: “From your point of view, is this ultimately an ecclesiological question – who speaks for the Church?”

“Yes, exactly,” Cardinal George replied. “Our disagreement may be narrow, but it’s a narrow difference that has exposed a very large principle. It affects the nature of the church, and therefore it has to concern the bishops.

....According to these episcopal sources, the cardinal clearly remarked that Sr. Carol and her colleagues are to blame for the passage of the bill. The prelate also criticized as meaningless the president’s executive order allegedly barring abortion funding, saying that Sr. Carol was mistaken to think that the legislation is pro-life."
Catholic News Agency

This is interesting. The good Cardinal seems to be accusing Sister Keehan of exactly the actions many of us have accused the USCCB of participating in. While I can't disagree with the assessment of Keehan's actions and their results, I feel compelled to point out that, by distorting the Church teachings on social justice the bishops are guilty of the same crime.

During the health care debate the USCCB consistently stood on the side of the Progressives, justifying the destruction of our natural law rights to private property and supplanting them with a new definition of a right to health care that has never been taught by the Church. They created a new magisterium here in America, overriding millenia of Church teachings to satisfy a political agenda.

This is like the pot calling the kettle black as the USCCB tries to divert blame from themselves and on to Sister Keehan. And while there's plenty of blame to go around and the Sister is far from innocent of the charges levied, one has to think that if the bishops had not spent the last hundred years here in America promoting Progressive causes the Sister Keehan's of the world would have never gained the authority they have within the Catholic American world.

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  1. Catawissa, the USCCB still BELIEVES IN Sister Keehan's progressivism and liberalism. Their version of social justice and the common good IS socialism. They cannot help themselves. And all their talk opposing abortion and homosexuality is simply that - talk. Until they begin excommunicating ever single dissident who publicly promotes such intrinsic evil, nothing they say is to be believed.

    No, I am NOT suggesting a witch hunt for heretics and apostates. Indeed, none is needed. Simply start with the obvious public defiers: Governor George Patterson of NY State, Rudy Guiliani, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich, NYS Attorney General Andy Cuomo, and all the rest.

    Oh, what a surprise - there's only ONE Repub in the list. The rest are USCCB Dems. That's the WHOLE root of the problem. The USCCB's talkings points ARE Dem party talking points. That's why we have this mess. They ARE the partisan ones. Always have been. Always will be.

    There will be a lot of bishops in hell. Sad.

  2. I'm thinking that they sense a serious change in the Vatican brought about by the Pope. They know that their time in the sun, time spent confusing and destroying the faith of the people is about to end. Like a bunch of kids they're trying desperately to deflect the blame. It won't work.

    I think a little witch hunting might not be a bad thing.

    Who should be our Cotton Mather?