Support for Industrial Areas Foundation pervasive in the Dallas Diocese

June 4, 2010

I’ve learned more about the social ministry training conference to be held June 11-12 at St. Elizabeth Seton in Plano, and it is not good.  In fact, it’s bad.  First, Seton has had a ’social justice’ ministry for the last 8-9 years or more.  This ministry has been a member of an organization called Dallas Area Interfaith during that entire time.  Dallas Area Interfaith is a part of the Saul Alinsky founded Industrial Areas Foundation.  Industrial Areas Foundation was formed  to help spur political action by various groups in order to lobby for a more socialist/communist economic system in the United States.  The organization was founded  in 1940 with well meaning but, to me, foolhardy support from the former auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Bernard James Shiel. 

Dallas Area Interfaith requires member organizations pay annual dues equal to 1.5% of their operating budget, to a $15,000 cap.  There is some evidence that the $15,000 cap is exceeded by “generous” instititutions.  The Dallas Area Interfaith website maintains a list of those churches that are members - over 50% of the membership of Dallas Area Interfaith is made up of Catholic churches.  A list of the Dallas Diocese churches that Dallas Area Interfaith claims as members:

Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe - the Dallas Diocese Cathedral

Blessed Sacrament
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Our Lady of Pilar Catholic Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Santa Clara Catholic Church
St. Anthony Catholic Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church
St. Edwards Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
St. James Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Pius X Catholic Church
St. Rita Catholic Church

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, then your money, your tithe, has gone to support an Alinsky-founded member of the Industrial Areas Foundation, Alinsky’s far left lobbying organization.  Of 39 churches that make up Dallas Area Interfaith, 20 are Roman Catholic.  It would appear that without the support of these Catholic churches, Dallas Area Interfaith would virtually collapse.  I am willing to bet that essentially no parishioners at any of these churches know that their money is going to fund CCHD/Alinsky style “community organizing” that is little more than cover for lobbying efforts aimed at socialist economic goals. 

Before I wrap this up, keep the following in mind.  Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Industrial Areas Foundation are extremely closely linked.  No organization receives more funding from CCHD than Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) affiliate organizations.   There have been numerous scandals in the past year involving CCHD’s IAF affiliates having public positions on issues directly contrary to the Catholic faith.  A number of these were ‘defunded,’ but a number of problem organizations remain.

If you are a member of any of the above parishes, are you pleased that your money is going to fund organizations like the Industrial Areas Foundation?  Can you, in good conscience, continue to financially support your parish if it does so?  Do you feel that your parish has tens of thousands of extra dollars lying around that can serve no better purpose than to be used for leftist lobbying?  Would you be willing to take a stand and contact your pastor to inform him of your opinion?

There is much more on this issue.  Look for more later today or tomorrow.  And pray for the Church.  Pray for a changing of hearts - as I said yesterday, “charity” given under duress through government  mandated wealth transfers is not charity.

UPDATE: Fr. Dwight Longenecker gives his take on the social justice crowd.

UPDATE 2: Putting some figures together, Dallas Diocese churches are contributing $300,000 or more per year to the Dallas Area Interfaith group.  A commenter pointed to a report that starting any new chapter of the Industrial Areas Foundation, of which Dallas Area Interfaith is a member, requires a minimum of $200,000 in seed money.  Given the close ties between the Church and IAF (CCHD as started essentially as a vehicle to fund IAF type organizations), and the fact that Catholic churches dominate the membership rolls of Dallas Area Interfaith, is it not likely that much of that $200,000 (and that figure from 1995) came from Catholic churches?  Given that many of these churches have been members of Dallas Area Interfaith 10 years or more, we are talking about millions of dollars in parishioners money being given to Dallas Area Interfaith’s lobbying efforts, all without the knowledge of the vast majority of parishioners.  And that’s not all, the report also shows that the more involved or ‘generous’ churches may be giving sums of over $30,000 per year.  At this point, we have no idea how many millions of parishioner’s dollars have gone to Dallas Area Interfaith.

UPDATE 3: There is another parish that may be a dues paying member of DAI.  St. Mark in Plano is listed as a member on the DAI website.  However, Fr. Cliff Smith, pastor at St. Mark, maintains that they are no longer members of DAI.  It is certain that St. Mark has been a member in the past - what is uncertain is whether they are currently members.  I have asked for clarification of the contradictory evidence I have learned thus far, but am awaiting a reply from Fr. Smith

Don’t take religious liberty for granted

March 25, 2010

My friend Steve B reminded me of a blog I had seen once but had forgotten about.  The blog is Mary Victrix, and it is great.  It’s run by the Knights of Lepanto and Franciscans of the Immaculate, an order of religious with a monastery in Connecticut.  They practice a mysticism related to total consecration to Mary, a concept that was one of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s great works.  One of the main contributors, Fr. Angelo Geiger, posts videos on his site, and one recent example is an exhortation on religious liberty.  I think we too often take our religious liberty for granted in this country.  To date, the USA has had about the greatest degree of religious liberty of any nation on earth.  However, with growing secularism and evangelical atheism becoming more widespread, the freedom to practice religion without any governmental oversight or limitations is facing greater and greater threats.  One could even opine that we have lost some measure of liberty, that some actions associated with religion are more limited than they once were (think: forcing pro-lifers to stay a certain distance from abortion mills and their clientele, PC limitations on freedom of speech, the lives being ruined in California among Prop 8 supporters).

What to do?  Should we just sit timorously by and watch our religious (and other) liberties steadily erode?  Fr. Geiger doesn’t think so!  He rightly exhorts the faithful to fight this encroachment on our religious liberty and to take action to defend one of our most essential means of expression.  I’m right there with him, I encourage everyone to strongly consider Fr. Geiger’s words:

I also encourage everyone to pray, every day, for this nation, that it may remain dedicated to the principles of liberty and not succumb to statist control.  Pray also for a great Catholic awakening, that we will demand our Faith be left free and defend it with all possible vigour.

CHA starts to get its rewards

March 23, 2010

Catholic Vote Action, is reporting via National Review Online, that Sr. Carol Keehan is going to receive a great reward for her unfailing support of President Obama’s health insurance takeover.  She’s going to get one of the 20 pens the President uses to sign this disaster into law.  Great!  My insurance will go from costing my family about $3500 per year to about $10,000, and she gets a presidential pen!  That’s an awesome trade!

This is just the beginning.  Look for hospitals and health organizations represented by CHA to rake in billions in federal grants and outlays over the ensuring months and years.  Obama does know how to reward his allies.  And when the federal government demands that these hospitals perform abortion in accord with the law and the funding they have received, what then?  I’m sure Sr. Carol will tell us that it really doesn’t matter, that the real pro-life position involves providing all forms of ‘health care’, and that we “pro-lifers” only care about the baby until it is born, and not at all about the poor, suffering mothers.  Once you start down the slope, it gets harder and harder to stop.

The bishop’s role in passing Obamacare

March 23, 2010

Matt Archbold at Creative Minority Report/National Catholic Register has a post up looking at how we got to a point in this country where a huge democrat majority in Congress, along with the presidency, managed to cram an incredibly unpopular bill down the collective throats of the American people.  He gives the GOP a good share of the blame, which is very deserved.  But, he also points out the the bishops also have had a role to play in creating a situation where a disaster like this could become law.  What is that role?

The hard truth is that for years the Bishops have allied themselves with the pro-abort party in matters related to health-care, and now they claim 11th hour betrayal.

When you hang out with thieves, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get robbed.

Moreover, the Bishops silence for years in the face of pro-abortion Catholic politicians has given aid and comfort to those who seek the death of children. The Bishop’s unwillingness, with some obvious exceptions, to effectively address or discipline pro-abort Catholic politicians allowed for the Democrats to portray the Church as divided on the issue. They have also allowed a culture of dissent to flourish for decades that culminated in the shameful last minute endorsement by a group of radical nuns that seriously hurt the cause of life.

The bishops’ decades long collective silence on these issues allowed for this culture to develop and has resulted in the USCCB being understandably criticized as an extension of the Democrat party (the Democrat party at prayer they say).

I don’t want to take this too far.  I’m not blaming this on the bishops, but the cozy relationship between the DNC and many bishops and especially the USCCB bureaucracy has certainly gotten alot of politicians used to acting like catholycs, and not Catholics.  And, it’s conditioned the media to hearing some bishops say one thing, and some another, and dismissing those the media disagrees with.  This is what happened when the 55 nuns issued a press release stating that Obamacare was just so wonderful - we didn’t hear about CMSWR or the rebuttals from the USCCB or anything else in the media.

So, the USCCB has made some mistakes.  I’m sure alot of bishops feel more comfortable with a certain vision of the democrat party (a vision that hasn’t been accurate in decades, but a vision nonetheless) and have the same inherent distrust of the Republican party that so many Catholics share.  But, strategically, the close ties between the DNC and USCCB have got to be re-evaluated.  They were pretty embarrasing during alot of the run-up to this debate. 

This unfortunate strategic tendency to want to be close to the DNC encouraged the bishops to make a further tactical error - not opposing this bill on general principles until the 11th hour.  The USCCB did not finally come to the conclusion that this legislation was going to make abortion a permanent, and very large, part of American life, forever, until early November.  That was almost too late to do anything.  Once they finally did come to this realization, they acted nobly, and probably played a role in the House adding the Stupak language, but that language was always just a way of trying to buy off the bishops.  It was never going anywhere.   If the bishops had threatened very strongly to oppose all the bills being discussed back in August, when the Tea Party movement had struck fear into all the Congressmen, they could have been key in making sure abortion would have been completely pulled.  But in the interest of being congenial, being pals with their democrat buddies, they failed to do so, and we in the Pro-Life movement now face a task that is monumentally more difficult than it was a few days ago. 

Moreover, the credibility of the Church has been badly damaged.  It appears to the public that the bishops have no real authority, not over trade organizations, not over their religious, not over priests, not over laity, and sure as heck not over powerful politicians.  A Church without authority will descend into a failed version of protestantism.  I pray the bishops will realize this, and realize that the decades long experiment in collegiality and ‘pastoral’ leadership has been a failure.

A hot commentary on the European priest sex scandal

March 23, 2010

In many ways, the Europeans are 10 years behind the US (in other ways, they are 10 years ahead, which I will elaborate on one day).  So, the Europeans have been enjoying their own version of a massive priest sex abuse scandal, from Ireland to Austria, about 10 years after such scandals rocked the US.   Naturally, alot of people are casting about for reasons.  Why did this happen?  Gerald Warner, a conservative Scottish politician and publisher, has made his opinions known, writing specifically about the Irish abuse cases.   You should go read the whole thing, it is brilliant as a polemic.  I think the author oversimplifies things, but has a major point - the abuse is not about priestly celibacy, it is about loss of faith.  It always has been - the modernists cave to the world, and then it is anything goes - literally. 

Warner’s comments have set off alot of other commentary in return.  Fr. Z has a really good post  generally agreeing with most of Warner’s points, but cautioning against traditionals becoming triumphal.  Fr. Longenecker adds his comments, as well, again, largely agreeing with Mr. Warner.   Fr. Blake of St. Mary’s in Brighton disagrees with Warner’s vituperation, but does think alot of the weakening in spirituality and mysticism that was done ‘in the spirit of Vatican II’ played a significant role. 

And me?   I think it’s largely spot on.   Accepting that Warner is speaking in the broad generalities imposed by a 100o word limit, his criticisms have a great deal of merit.  This abuse is caused by a lack of faith.  Most of this lack of faith has come from worldly influence, the infection of modernism in the church that used to be called ‘the spirit of Vatican II.’  I don’t think the documents of Vatican II or the council’s efforts are necessarily to blame (except that the documents were vague and not centered sufficiently on Christ), but the illusory ’spirit’ invoked in the name of the Council, which was used as cover for the efforts of the modernists and the revisionists, is heavily to blame.  

Below, an excerpt, with Fr. Z’s comments in red:

How could clergy transgress so gravely against the doctrines of the Church? What doctrines? These offences took place in the wake of Vatican II, when doctrines were being thrown out like so much lumber. These offenders were the children of Paul VI and “aggiornamento”. Once you have debauched the Mystical Body of Christ, defiling altar boys comes easily. 

The “neglected” sacraments and devotional practices that the Pope says could have prevented this did not just wither on the vine: they were actively discouraged by bishops and priests. [This is where I need to intervene.  I am sure that some of the more traddy stripe are crowing as they read.  I would remind them to supress that reptilian brain-stem a little and recall – before reading the next self-affirming quote – that we are all in this together.  When clergy and lay people of the Church fall down, every one suffers.  The whole Church needs to help the fallen to rise again.  We need to do that by raising the level of holiness, of penance, and worthy worship, just a rising tide raises every boat.  Read on, now, and feel that affirmation…] In the period when this abuse was rampant, there was just one mortal sin in the Catholic Church: daring to celebrate or attend the Latin Tridentine Mass. [And that is pretty close the the truth!] A priest raping altar boys would be moved to another parish; as for a priest who had the temerity to celebrate the Old Mass – his feet would not touch the ground. [They were – and in some places still are – treated in much the same way.]

Ouch, man, that’s gotta hurt.  But, it’s hard to argue that what Warner says was, and to an extent still is, true.  Here in Dallas, we all know that priests like Rudy Kos, active sicko child molesters, were moved around to hide them, with the Diocese making strenuous efforts to keep them in the fold.  Meanwhile, saying a Latin Mass in this town would get you banished to the extreme ‘burbs, if you’re lucky to even remain a pastor.  What does that say of the priorities involved? I want to clarify here - the incidents I reference above did not occur under the present Bishop.   But how far have we come from those days?   Far in some areas, but not nearly far enough in others.  There is a still certain hostility to reverence, orthodoxy, and tradition in some quarters in this diocese, and still a tendency towards heterodoxy and dissent.  Things are improving, but very slowly. 

One of the most important areas of improvement is to get back to stressing SIN!  We are all inherently sinful.  We need God’s grace more than anything!  Too much, we have allowed a ‘go along to get along’ mentality to creep in, and even some of our better priests have trouble taking the Sacrament of Confession as seriously as it should be. Fr. Longenecker:

We all need repentance in the face of this. We all need to turn again to the awareness that the devil is real, that sin is real, that nice people are capable of terrible evil. We must be on our guard. We must believe in the power and reality of the sacraments. We must be New Testament Christians with missionary zeal, the discipline of ascetical prayer and a warrior spirit.

Yes.  I agree.  What is needed is a true dedication to the Sacraments in the Church, serious, sacrificial prayer and serious sacrificial living.  There used to be a very deep sense of the seriousness of the Faith in the Church, but much of that spirit has been lost.  It is important to get it back.  And the laity will have to lead alot of that effort, as has been done in the past.

CHA spent over $1 million lobbying for Obamacare

March 16, 2010

I don’t think anyone will be too surprised, but it’s good to know the actual amount.   CatholicCulture.org has reported that the Catholic Health Association has spent over $1 million lobbying in favor of Obamacare.  But since Sr. Carol Keehan is compensated at over $850,000 per year, perhaps she paid for most of that effort, in her ongoing dedication to social justice causes. 

The Catholic Hospital’s Association is a trade organization.  They ostensibly represent the interests of over 600 Church affiliated hospitals in the United States.  Some of the members of CHA, like Catholic Health West, are very profitable, even though they are designated, and taxed, as non-profits.   Irrespective, the problem with CHA’s endorsement of Obamacare, or whatever you want to call the current health insurance takeover effort in Washington, is that they are constantly being quoted in the press as some official arm of the USCCB, and hence seem to give the approval of the Church to this very bad legislation.  At the very least, they cause scandal and confusion among the faithful in their open opposition to the bishops, who have denounced this legislation as being inimical to Catholic moral doctrine on a number of levels (and this, in spite of many of the bishops having a great desire to see some form of health care legislation enacted).   CHA is, as an independent organization, free to lobby as it wishes, but as an organization that trades on its affiliation with the Church, and which claims to uphold all the doctrine of the Church, it is beyond unfortunate that they have chosen to strongly endorse legislation that the USCCB, many individual bishops, and all legitimate pro-life organizations have opposed to the utmost of their ability. 

One additional interesting factor: Michael Rodgers, the CHA senior vice president for public policy and the head of their lobbying effort, in 2008 contributed $2000 to the campaign of Judy Feder, a pro-abort candidate for Congress, who was running against a candidate with a 100% pro-life voting record.  As I said, in the seamless garment, some threads are more important than others.

h/t www.culturewarenotes.com

CCHD “Stations of the Cross” advertises for pro-gay marriage, pro-abort groups

March 16, 2010

They are just completely tone deaf.  Or, they think they are utterly untouchable.  One of the two, or maybe both.  Thanks to http://culturewarnotes.com, we learn that the CCHD has produced its own version of Stations of the Cross for this year.  And in this version, there are a few scripture passages, but a whole bunch of commercials for groups tied to CCHD.   True to form, several of these groups support things inimical to Catholic moral teaching, like abortion, contraception, and gay marriage. An example:

The second station, which is “Jesus Takes up His Cross,” focuses on the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. OVEC’s news archive is littered with articles on various progressive agendas, including abortion and same-sex marriage

There is much, much more at the link.  I know that some want to reform CCHD, but I doubt that is possible.  CCHD was formed with a Saul Alinsky agenda in mind, and has been and is staffed with Alinsky-ite progressives.  The entire nature of the organization is to lobby for the poor, not to aid the poor.  That lobbying rarely does much to directly help the poor with increased access to better training or education, things that could really help lift the poor out of poverty.  No, it’s programs and affiliates focus on two things: being a jobs programs for leftists with degrees in subjects like “queer theory” and “elemental marxism,” and lobbying the government for more funding for CCHD grantees. 

It’s like a perpetual motion machine.  Staff an organization with leftists, who then lobby the government for more money to breed more leftists, create more organizations that are staffed with leftists from that money, and so on ad infinitum.  CCHD is alot of things, but it’s not discerably Catholic.  It is tied to organizations infused with leftist rhetoric tied to abortion, gay rights, contraception, and other things contrary to Church teaching, to its very core.  And it should be disbanded, as it is irreformable. 

If you oppose the Catholic Church supporting these kinds of activities, sign the petition now.

UPDATE: The Stations of the Cross webpage has been pulled from the CCHD website.

Archbishop Chaput: Health care bill doesn’t meet moral standards

March 16, 2010

The very good Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput, released a column recently regarding the socialist takeover that wouldn’t die pending health care legislation in Congress.  He also criticizes, strongly, groups like CHA and pseudo-Catholic lobbies like Catholics United for the Common Good and Catholics for a Free Choice.  I don’t normally post entire pieces into this blog, but this is so concise and so good that I will in this case:

Catholics, Health Care and the Senate’s bad bill 

The Senate version of health-care reform currently being forced ahead by congressional leaders and the White House is a bad bill that will result in bad law.  It does not deserve, nor does it have, the support of the Catholic bishops of our country.  Nor does the American public want it.  As I write this column on March 14, the Senate bill remains gravely flawed.  It does not meet minimum moral standards in at least three important areas: the exclusion of abortion funding and services; adequate conscience protections for health-care professionals and institutions; and the inclusion of immigrants.

Groups, trade associations and publications describing themselves as “Catholic” or “prolife” that endorse the Senate version – whatever their intentions – are doing a serious disservice to the nation and to the Church, undermining the witness of the Catholic community; and ensuring the failure of genuine, ethical health-care reform.  By their public actions, they create confusion at exactly the moment Catholics need to think clearly about the remaining issues in the health-care debate.  They also provide the illusion of moral cover for an unethical piece of legislation.

As we enter a critical week in the national health-care debate, Catholics across northern Colorado need to remember a few simple facts.

First, the Catholic bishops of the United States have pressed for real national health-care reform in this country for more than half a century.  They began long before either political party or the public media found it convenient.  That commitment hasn’t changed.  Nor will it.

Second, the bishops have tried earnestly for more than seven months to work with elected officials to craft reform that would serve all Americans in a manner respecting minimum moral standards.  The failure of their effort has one source.  It comes entirely from the stubbornness and evasions of certain key congressional leaders, and the unwillingness of the White House to honor promises made by the president last September.

Third, the health-care reform debate has never been merely a matter of party politics.  Nor is it now.  Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak and a number of his Democratic colleagues have shown extraordinary character in pushing for good health-care reform while resisting attempts to poison it with abortion-related entitlements and other bad ideas that have nothing to do with real “health care.”  Many Republicans share the goal of decent health-care reform, even if their solutions would differ dramatically.  To put it another way, few persons seriously oppose making adequate health services available for all Americans.  But God, or the devil, is in the details—and by that measure, the current Senate version of health-care reform is not merely defective, but also a dangerous mistake.

The long, unpleasant and too often dishonest national health-care debate is now in its last days.  Its most painful feature has been those “Catholic” groups that by their eagerness for some kind of deal undercut the witness of the Catholic community and help advance a bad bill into a bad law. Their flawed judgment could now have damaging consequences for all of us.

Do not be misled.  The Senate version of health-care reform currently being pushed ahead by congressional leaders and the White House—despite public resistance and numerous moral concerns—is bad law; and not simply bad, but dangerous.  It does not deserve, nor does it have, the support of the Catholic bishops in our country, who speak for the believing Catholic community.  In its current content, the Senate version of health-care legislation is not “reform.”  Catholics and other persons of good will concerned about the foundations of human dignity should oppose it.

Sr. Keehan’s ears should be ringing.  When the Archbishop says “The long, unpleasant and too often dishonest national health-care debate is now in its last days.  Its most painful feature has been those “Catholic” groups that by their eagerness for some kind of deal undercut the witness of the Catholic community and help advance a bad bill into a bad law. Their flawed judgment could now have damaging consequences for all of us.”  While the Archbishop doesn’t name CHA directly, they, and other groups, have done great damage to the Church by stating, in opposition to the opinion of many bishops, that the pending legislation is somehow ‘abortion neutral.’  There has not been a single statement from a reputable pro-life group (not a fake astro-turf group like the Soros funded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good) that corroborates Keehan’s opinion that this legislation is “pro-life.”  Many faithful Catholics have sadly been forced to conclude, over months of observing CHA in this present health care debate, that CHAs desire for a nationalized health care system (single payer - their stated objective), is greater than their commitment to the prevention of abortion. 

In the seamless garment, some colors, some threads, apparently have more weight than others.

CCHD “Stations of the Cross” advertises for pro-gay marriage, pro-abort groups

March 12, 2010

They are just completely tone deaf.  Or, they think they are utterly untouchable.  One of the two, or maybe both.  Thanks to http://culturewarnotes.com, we learn that the CCHD has produced its own version of Stations of the Cross for this year.  And in this version, there are a few scripture passages, but a whole bunch of commercials for groups tied to CCHD.   True to form, several of these groups support things inimical to Catholic moral teaching, like abortion, contraception, and gay marriage. An example:

The second station, which is “Jesus Takes up His Cross,” focuses on the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. OVEC’s news archive is littered with articles on various progressive agendas, including abortion and same-sex marriage

There is much, much more at the link.  I know that some want to reform CCHD, but I doubt that is possible.  CCHD was formed with a Saul Alinsky agenda in mind, and has been and is staffed with Alinsky-ite progressives.  The entire nature of the organization is to lobby for the poor, not to aid the poor.  That lobbying rarely does much to directly help the poor with increased access to better training or education, things that could really help lift the poor out of poverty.  No, it’s programs and affiliates focus on two things: being a jobs programs for leftists with degrees in subjects like “queer theory” and “elemental marxism,” and lobbying the government for more funding for CCHD grantees. 

It’s like a perpetual motion machine.  Staff an organization with leftists, who then lobby the government for more money to breed more leftists, create more organizations that are staffed with leftists from that money, and so on ad infinitum.  CCHD is alot of things, but it’s not discerably Catholic.  It is tied to organizations infused with leftist rhetoric on abortion, gay rights, contraception, and other things contrary to Church teaching.  And it should be disbanded, as it is irreformable.

More on CHA and Sr. Keehan

March 12, 2010

I’ve gotten criticised over at Vox Nova, that coyly named site, over my comments on Sr. Keehan.  Sr. Keehan said this:

“For us as Catholics it’s very hard to be pro-life when we don’t give many many mothers who are pregnant care. Or we don’t give pediatric care, well baby care or sick baby care to children. We have nine million uninsured children in this country. That’s not pro-life.”

So, Sr. Keehan equates children being uninsured with being anti-life, in some way.   Her figures are dubious, the numbers thrown around by the supporters of Obamacare have already been taken apart elsewhere.   I have no idea what she means by “it’s hard to be pro-life when we don’t give many mothers who are pregnant care.”   First of all, who isn’t giving mother’s care?  Those opposed to a government run single payer system, which has been CHA’s goal all along?  What about those opposed to a single payer system, who generously support pro-life non-abort crisis pregnancy centers, like White Rose?  Are they still pro-life?  Who put Sr. Keehan in charge of deciding what is pro-life or not?  Does the fact that government run healthcare, everywhere in the world, rations care, and thus may wind up forcing abortions on women who have a particularly difficult pregnancy because it’s  not cost effective to do otherwise even enter into her thinking?  Is it pro-life to have a government run system that only gives palliative care to large swaths of very sick seniors, because their high cost health care drains the government run system of limited funds? 

Those who argue semantics that “Sr. Keehan didn’t say that those who oppose Obama’s nationalized health care plan are not pro-life” are perhaps well intentioned, but they are wrong.  From the beginning, CHA has most definitely supported whatever you want to call Obamacare - I have received mailings from CHA advocating that I contact my congressman insisting they pass the pending legislation, at periods of time when that legislation contained language massively expanding abortion in this country (this began last July, continued in August and September, and into October.  This effort is still ongoing).  Sr. Keehan has made it plain that CHA seeks legislation that will provide 100% coverage for all Americans.  The preferred CHA way of achieving this is with a government run system, and the only way a government run system can cover everyone  is to limit treatment options.  Sr. Keehan and CHA have repeatedly refused to address this fundamental factor of government run health care, and tend to act as if it doesn’t exist. 

In the present political context, arguing in favor of 100% health insurance coverage for all Americans is the same thing as arguing in favor of Obamacare, even though Obamacare as proposed presently falls short of this goal.  Go to the CHA website, and see their “photo gallery,” using the same “We can’t wait for health care reform” message that the Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee have been using for months.  CHA is completely wrapped up in promoting the administration’s agenda when it comes to health insurance takeover reform, and to argue otherwise is to be disingenuous.  Their entire website is like a giant lobbying program for the proposed health care legislation.  When Sr. Keehan says “We have nine million uninsured children in this country. That’s not pro-life,” the message is, “If you don’t get on board with nationalized health care (Obamacare), you’re not pro-life.”  She has to know that’s the message that will be received.  And in her desperation, she said it anyway.

CHA and Sr. Keehan have obstinately refused to address the fact that they have a very powerful vested interest in Obamacare being passed into law - the many billions in additional revenue they will receive as one of the major medical providers under such a system. They have also not addressed the fact that CHA and its affiliate organizations, nominal charities, have  made billions in profits, largely from government contracts, in recent years.  As I’ve related before, many Catholic charitable groups have come to depend on government funding.  They like that government funding, because it’s always there and it’s alot less hassle to raise.  It’s not undependable like private donations, which vary according to the performance of the organization and market forces.  Just days after starting a campaign to promote Obamacare, Catholic Charities received a $100 million grant from the federal government.  I’m sure it’s just a coincidence. 

All this is just smoke to confuse the point.  Sr. Keehan is attempting to promote doubt in the minds of very faithful Catholics that their opposition to this prudential issue of “social justice” is somehow bound up in issues of grave moral concern like being against abortion.  That is a despicable tactic.  Catholics are free to agree or disagree on issues of social justice, to determine what they think is the best way to provide for the broad range of needs represented by that cliched term.  Catholics are not free to decide on their own whether abortion or euthanasia are grave moral concerns - they have been defined as always and everywhere evil by the Church.  What those who so strongly support nationalized health care often do, however, is to try to apply the completely discredited “seemless garment” argument to allow them to support an intrinsic evil, like abortion, if it gets them want they want, a socialized medical system.

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