Chaput: Bad Bill, Bad Law

I try not to post things which are directly political here, because that’s not really the point of this blog, but every once in a while, something important enough to mention comes along, and I have to add my 2c.

I just read an article this morning by Archbishop Chaput of Denver, talking about the Senate “health”-care bill that the Democrats are going to attempt to push through this week. I know there’s a lot of confusion, double-speak, and political language that is meant for only politicians to understand circulating around right now.

Archbishop Chaput’s article explains (1) the US Bishops oppose the bill, and (2) why they oppose it.

“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 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”…

You can read the rest of his short, sweet, and to the point article at first things.

Chaput is where it’s at. I feel confident in the future of the Church, mostly because Christ is at the helm, but also because of the witness of leaders who are not afraid to speak up and set an example for us all.

4 thoughts on “Chaput: Bad Bill, Bad Law

  1. I agree with you about feeling confident in the Church’s future because of its strong leaders…

    Not long ago, I heard a homily in which the priest suggested that we need to pray for politicians who are Catholic, and pray for their courage to be brave in the defense of our faith in the political arena. But I think this article also shows that it is important to pray for our Church leaders to have that same strong defense of the faith. Archbishop Chaput is an example of that those prayers are being answered! 🙂

  2. I don’t think that this bill is going to get through, and I can’t say that I am sad. I am all for healthcare reform, but…

  3. Well put!
    As an aside, your opening line made me laugh – I also try not to post anything too political or too personal on my blog – but often seem to fail! (

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