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The new healthcare plan has been brought to us by...Catholics?

I was sickened to see Catholic Joe Biden standing next to the most pro-abortion President in the history of the country signing the biggest expansion of abortion since Roe.

We'd all fought the bill for so long but when Catholic Bart Stupak relented to Catholic Nancy Pelosi I knew that the healthcare bill was going through. I couldn't imagine how Stupak could not know that the healthcare plan funded abortion, especially after the Catholic HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged it in an interview.

The bill had gained some extra momentum after 60 Catholic nuns endorsed the plan.

And then here's the list of Catholic congressman who voted "yes" on Obamacare, according to Catholic Advocate.

■Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-01) YES
■Representative Ed Pastor (D, AZ-04) YES
■Representative Harry E. Mitchell (D, AZ-05) YES
■Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D, AZ-07) YES
California

■Representative Mike Thompson (D, CA-01) YES
■Representative George Miller (D, CA-07) YES
■Representative Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-08) YES
■Representative Jerry McNerney (D, CA-11) YES
■Representative Anna Eshoo (D, CA-14) YES
■Representative Dennis A. Cardoza (D, CA-18) YES
■Representative Jim Costa (D, CA-20) YES
■Representative Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31) YES
■Representative Diane E. Watson (D, CA-33) YES
■Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D, CA-34) YES
■Representative Grace F. Napolitano (D, CA-38) YES
■Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D, CA-39) YES
■Representative Joe Baca (D, CA-43) YES
■Representative Loretta Sanchez (D, CA-47) YES
■Representative John T. Salazar (D, CO-03) YES
■Representative Betsy Markey (D, CO-04) YES
■Representative John B. Larson (D, CT-01) YES
■Representative Joe Courtney (D, CT-02) YES
■Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (D, CT-03) YES
■Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D, IL-04) YES
■Representative Jerry F. Costello (D, IL-12) YES
■Representative Phil Hare (D, IL-17) YES
■Representative Peter J. Visclosky (D, IN-01) YES
■Representative Joe Donnelly (D, IN-02) YES
■Representative Brad Ellsworth (D, IN-08) YES
■Representative Michael H. Michaud (D, ME-02) YES
■Representative Richard E. Neal (D, MA-02) YES
■Representative James P. McGovern (D, MA-03) YES
■Representative Ed Markey (D, MA-07) YES
■Representative Michael E. Capuano (D, MA-08) YES
■Representative William D. Delahunt (D, MA-10) YES
■Representative Bart Stupak (D, MI-01) YES
■Representative Dale E. Kildee (D, MI-05) YES
■Representative John D. Dingell (D, MI-15) YES
■Representative Betty McCollum (D, MN-04) YES
■Representative James L. Oberstar (D, MN-08) YES
■Representative William Lacy Clay (D, MO-01) YES
■Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D, NH-01) YES
■Representative Frank Pallone (D, NJ-06) YES
■Representative Bill Pascrell (D, NJ-08) YES
■Representative Albio Sires (D, NJ-13) YES
■Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-03) YES
■Representative Tim Bishop (D, NY-01) YES
■Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D, NY-04) YES
■Representative Joseph Crowley (D, NY-07) YES
■Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D, NY-12) YES
■Representative Charles B. Rangel (D, NY-15) YES
■Representative Jose E. Serrano (D, NY-16) YES
■Representative John J. Hall (D, NY-19) YES
■Representative Paul Tonko (D, NY-21) YES
■Representative Maurice D. Hinchey (D, NY-22) YES
■Representative Dan Maffei (D, NY-25) YES
■Representative Brian Higgins (D, NY-27) YES
■Representative Steve Driehaus (D, OH-01) YES
■Representative Charles A. Wilson (D, OH-06) YES
■Representative Marcy Kaptur (D, OH-09) YES
■Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (D, OH-10) YES
■Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (D, OH-15) YES
■Representative John Boccieri (D, OH-16) YES
■Representative Tim Ryan (D, OH-17) YES
■Representative Peter DeFazio (D, OR-04) YES
■Representative Robert Brady (D, PA-01) YES
■Representative Kathy Dahlkemper (D, PA-03) YES
■Representative Joe Sestak (D, PA-07) YES
■Representative Patrick J. Murphy (D, PA-8) YES
■Representative Chris Carney (D, PA-10) YES
■Representative Paul Kanjorski (D, PA-11) YES
■Representative Michael F. Doyle (D, PA-14) YES
■Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D, RI-01) YES
■Representative James R. Langevin (D, RI-02) YES
■Representative Ruben Hinojosa (D, TX-15) YES
■Representative Silvestre Reyes (D, TX-16) YES
■Representative Charlie Gonzalez (D, TX-20) YES
■Representative Ciro D. Rodriguez (D, TX-23) YES
■Representative Henry Cuellar (D, TX-28) YES
■Representative Peter Welch (D, VT-At-Large) YES
■Representative Tom Perriello (D, VA-05) YES
■Representative James P. Moran (D, VA-08) YES
■Representative Gerald E. Connolly (D, VA-11) YES
■Representative David R. Obey (D, WI-07) YES

There is something very wrong with Catholicism in America when Catholics play such a large role in passing anti-life and anti-conscience legislation. Catholic politicians need to be reminded that you don't leave Christ at the Capitol steps. They need to be reminded that the issue of life is not negotiable. And Catholic voters need to elect politicians who understand that evil exists and fight with all they have against enshrining evil into law. They must remember that the terms public servant and Catholic are not mutually exclusive.

Catholic voters need to take their responsibility seriously and stop electing politicians who say one thing and do another.

Update: Lipinski and Lynch, both of whom voted NO, have been removed from the list. I was looking at a different vote so thanks to the commenters for the heads up.

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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Makes me sick.... but how can we expect them to defend a faith that they probably were never taught correctly to begin with... it comes down to poor catechesis and formation. We are reaping what was sown.... Next sunday, ask some random parishioners to explain what the Real Presence is and you will get the idea.

Kim Luisi said...

I wrote about hc reform yesterday on my blog; particularly from a Catholic perspective. I don't want to repeat anything here, so here's a link:

http://www.faithfictionandflannery.com/2010/03/dorothy-day-personalism-and-health-care.html

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

I hate to agree with an annon, but he does have a bit of a point-- I recently found out that someone I thought was a very, very good Catholic doesn't believe we have any idea what Christ "actually" taught, and thinks that most of the Church's teachings are for non-moral reasons. (ie, no birth control so there's lots of little Catholics)

Anonymous said...

I think that Dan Lipinski voted 'NO' on the bill. Please check that out to be certain.

William said...

Still, my classmates had some of the best Catholic education in the country, and most are "I don't get it" Liberals. I'm afraid fat, happy ears are all too often deaf ears.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

I'm not trying to be a smart-tail, but... Catholic education, or education in Catholicism?

John Hetman said...

I had read that Rep. Lipinski voted No on the bill. As for Rep Gutierrez of Illinois, no one knows what religion he practices especially the Hon. G himself. I think that he consults with the I Ching each morning to discover his current denomination.

Given the state of society and the Church now, why should we surprised at the apostasy that is all the rage?

Kim Luisi said...

Anonymous:

Don't worry, I'm a catechist and the kids I teach, ages 10-14, will be receiving their first holy communion in a few weeks. They know the Real Presence. Just this week I baked some bread and brought it and asked them if Christ was present in the bread. They said "No, because it is not consecrated."

Dan said...

I had also heard on local radio that Lipinski was the only IL Democrat to vote against the bill.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Stephan Lynch from MA voted against the bill.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to those sisters... I would suggest them removing their habits but I am sure they are gone.

I live in Texas and will be confronting my representative (a Methodist democrat) upon his next visit here-- thankfully we have some rather outspoken priests who hopefully will enlighten the Catholic voters of this atrocity.

Bishops need to get their respective houses in order too though.

Anonymous said...

"Catholic voters need to take their responsibility seriously and stop electing politicians who say one thing and do another."

Just as Catholics need to DEMAND that priests and bishops who PUSH annulments, like condems at the high school health office, are removed from their positions, defrocked AND excommunicated, along with the canon lawyers who do the same, more or less! The corruption is rampant.

Fat chance! Annulment = canonically blessed adultery = spousal and child abuse.

It will remain a perfect fit for the modern Catholic Church until some Pope grows up and acts like a Catholic Pope, once again. Have not heard of one since Pius XII!

Come on Benedict, to hell with your American Brother Bishops who lust after adulterers to keep their coffers and pews full. You are doing nothing as families and innocent spouses are being destroyed.

Either stop talking and ACT or RESIGN! It is THAT time, Benedict.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

...that was an impressive thread-hijack.

kat said...

Am I the only one who thinks that if the USCCB had stated before the vote, "If you vote yes then you will be automatically excommunicated," things would have turned out differently? The bishops have enabled these politicians for years, not holding them accountable for their pro-death scandal-causing voting record.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kat, I agree with you about the sentiment of excommunication, but that is misunderstood by the media and culture. Consequently, it gets turned around to work against the Catholic Church. I've struggled with this for a long time and have come to accept it.

I think the bishops should have done what you suggested except deny them the Eucharist. After all, if a priest has knowledge that a person is in a PUBLIC state of sin, he has the obligation to deny that person communion, for the sake of their soul. Correct me if I'm wrong here.

Good post.

-Dave L., Allentown PA

Anonymous said...

I would be interested in the Catholic Reps. who DIDN'T vote. Does anyone have that information. They deserve our thanks and respect.

Anonymous said...

Above, I meant the Catholic Reps. who didn't vote yes - those who voted against.

Rick said...

It's all because of that Kennedy fallacy of not letting one's Catholic principles affect governing or legislating for all people. The fallacy is that the abortion funding issue is not just a Catholic but a human one. But those distinctions are just too costly - in many ways. And the bishops, I can count with 1 hand those who were actively engaged. Have they turned into politicians as well. I've read some nasty blogs accusing them of being in on it - like playing both sides of the fence. Card. Mahoney is even encouraged by the promises of Obama http://cardinalrogermahonyblogsla.blogspot.com/2010/03/immigration-rally-washington-dc.html

Mickey said...

This sort of thing makes me (almost) physically ill...how is it possible that so many Catholics know so little about their faith?

I have to trace it, in part anyway, in a straight line to the deformation of the liturgy. Seeing as how the liturgy was mangled by men from being directed toward Christ into the "Church of Aren't We Fabulous", and how for the majority of Christians the only learning about their faith is the hour they spend in church on Sunday morning, everything we say and do in that hour is vital.

People learned that if Father could make up the liturgy as he went along, and implicitly (or even explicitly) refused to submit to the authority of the Church, then the laity wasn't bound to submit either. From my childhood, around 1979 or so, it has been a downward spiral...

Only 2 things give me hope...taken as a given, of course, that Christ has won the victory already and "the gates of Hell will not prevail" against His Vicar or His Church...the influx of Evangelicals in the 90's and traditional Anglo-Catholics coming the "teens" are leaven that re-invigorated cradle Catholics to learn and appreciate their faith.

Santa Ioseph, Ora pro nobis!... (St Joseph, pray for us!)

PattyinCT said...

I think there are a lot of Catholic Americans who just have lost stamina in trying to swim upstream in this Protestant American culture. Its so easy just to float.

But my husband reminded me at a scary point in our nation's history (like 6 years ago) that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church, and that is absolutely true. But that doesn't mean that the missionary Catholic Church that is here in the US will always exist. We have the grace here and now in the Eucharist, but that doesn't mean that our grandchildren will find it in these same soils years from now with the direction we're headed.

Michael said...

Connolly's Catholic?!? I live in his district in Virginia, and that's news to me. Nothing I had even seen in his biographies has ever referred to his faith or its practice. I'm even more disgusted with him now. I'll have to ask some of my friends who are very in tune with politics and the diocese if he's a member of any parish.

Mary in CO said...

Anon (and everyone else):

Follow the link to the Catholic Advocate blog that Matt lists at the top of his post.

It lists the 37 Catholica who voted pro-life in this issue. Check'em out, folks. Remember them, and support them.

Note those who voted to expand abortion funding. Remember them, and work to replace them with representatives who are truly pro-life.

And pray for all in Congress, esp. those who are Catholic -- for salvation, conversion of heart, and a will to walk the Lord's path. With that, right action will naturally follow.

CatholicMomof6 said...

I am not surprised in the least that the "Catholic" politicians are the forefront in passing this legislation. Sadly, Catholicism has become synonymous with "the seamless garment of social justice." It is sickening and I am almost embarrassed to identify myself as a Catholic. The Modern Catholic church is a joke. It is filled with liberal activists, whether they have recieved Holy Orders or are among the laity. The ONLY way to save Catholicism in America is to have the Bishops of these politicians PUBLICLY excommunicate them and DENY them the Sacraments until they PUBLICLY repent. Unfortunately that will never happen. I hate the Modern Catholic church and I want NO part of it. It is rotten to the core. The schools are infected, the seminaries are infected, the dioceses are infected. When "conservative" Catholics get off the fence and join the Traditional Catholics maybe, just maybe, there will be some change. May the Blessed Mother of Jesus keep us safe in Her Immaculate Heart.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mary in CO. I'll check it out.

Mary in CO said...

No worries, Anon!

Is there now any doubt that these Catholics are acting in opposition to Catholic teachings about the foundational right to life?

Will the bishops NOW confer with these persons to educate them and counsel them?

They will, if they take a cue from Archbishop Chaput of Denver. Check out his latest column for the archdiocese paper: A Bad Bill and How We Got It.

http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/3631

William a sinner. Most unlearned. The Least of all the faithful… said...

The Apostosy is upon us...PRAY, In the end, All shall kneel to the LAMB who is upon the throne this very day...

Doug Stein said...

Simple prescriptions:

1) Remove CINOs at the voting booth. Elect Christians (of any denomination) who know that any political authority they have comes *through* the people *from* God.

2) The Bishops should similarly plan to break out the Bell, Book, and Candle for CINO "Sisters" and "Clergy". The Church has become rather like Israel during the time of the Judges (e.g. 17:6 and 21:25) - when "each man did according to what was right in his own eyes". This means it's an evil time. It also means we should listen and call the people back to the Lord - starting with the Church, but also with the World.

3) Keep the Catholic Charities operating - according to Catholic principals - unless and until they padlock your doors. Obamacare is going to drive out medical practioners through low reimbursement and bureaucratic interference. Also, there needs to be a continuing counterweight to the soon-to-be-funded Planned Parenthood concentration camps.

4) As in all things, work as if it all depended on us - but pray since it all depends on the Lord.

Blackrep said...

Catholics in America? Try Catholics throughout the world. If excommunication is never used, then the Church has absolutely no mechanism of self-preservation. The people beg and plead for real men to assert authority, but they only get endless runarounds like:

We are forming a committee to examine...
Now is not the proper time...
It's the media!
It's the parents!
The Pope has no idea this was going on!
The bishop had no idea this is going on!
We have to be prudent...
These things take time!
Why don't we all pray? Just pray it away, why don't you?

Yada yada yada. There is absolutely nothing a layperson can do, it seems, to break through and effect some change.

Rob said...

I'm sure the Bishops will issue a sternly worded letter.

Deb said...

I have never heard a homily about the evils of abortion or our pro-death culture. A fellow parishioner drove her mini-van with a "Catholics for Obama" bumper sticker. My son's Catholic school had a "shrine" to Obama in the halls for months, and prayed for him daily (that is a good thing, he needs it, however the school never prayed for Bush). Sigh. The priests need to get their heads out of the sand, but non-controversial homilies rule the day.

John 6:54 said...

I had counted 88 House Catholic Democrats voted for and you had 84
http://www.gettomass.com/2010/03/house-catholics-who-voted-for-healthcare/

I had 9 who voted against.

Jack Murtha who is dead would have voted for.

Anonymous said...

Doug, Thank you. My rep, who voted against, is a Christian Scientist. I called and left him message I'm proud to be his constituent. Am wondering whether to call back and invite him to my parish....
Deb, I still remember the first time I heard a priest deliver a sermon on abortion. I was at first stunned, then pleased. I still remember it after so many years. We need to pray for our priests!

Brendan said...

Many Catholics like me support the Healthcare bill because we were brought up to help our fellow humans when in need, and there's nothing worse than denying health insurance to the poor. Many who oppose healthcare strongly believe that healthcare is a priviledge for those who can afford it. There is nothing Catholic about that belief.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Well, if folks oppose healthcare, then they presumably don't think anyone should have it.....

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