Bishops Decry 'Wound to Catholic Unity' Dealt by Pro-Obamacare 'Catholic' Groups

Bishops Decry ‘Wound to Catholic Unity’ Dealt by Pro-Obamacare ‘Catholic’ Groups

By James Tillman

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2010 ( – In a statement issued Friday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) aimed “to set the record straight on some important issues raised during and after” debate over health care reform legislation.

And in “Setting the Record Straight,” as the document is titled, they affirm their teaching authority and say that dissent from episcopal teaching among Catholics, such as the endorsement of the health care reform by the Catholic Health Association, resulted “in confusion and a wound to Catholic unity.”
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) came out in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) during the heated debate over the bill, despite the USCCB’s criticism of the measure for its funding of abortion, lack of conscience protection, and other serious flaws. (’s breakdown of the flaws of the bill may be found here.)

At the time, although the CHA admitted that the legislation was not “perfect,” it nevertheless called it a “major first step” towards the goal of universal health care. It was later revealed that President Obama personally wooed CHA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a left-leaning lobby group of Catholic nuns, to flout bishops’ authority and back the health care legislation.

The new USCCB statement reinforces

I am not criticising the Bishops but perhaps “Decrying” this obscenity should be escalated into a more “Pauline” response.

Pleased that the Bishops have spoken so clearly about this.

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