Stupid Catholic Senators! Wicked Catholic Senators!

by Steve Ray on April 6, 2009

US Senate defeats conscience-protection amendment
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2529
By a 56-41 vote, the US Senate defeated an amendment to legislation that would have upheld the conscience rights of health care workers and institutions that do not wish to participate in abortion. Sixteen of the nation’s 25 Catholic senators voted against the amendment.

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Paul Primavera April 6, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Steve,

I feel the same as you do, except these senators are anything but authentically Catholic.

http://commentarius-ioannis.blogspot.com/2009/04/defeat-of-colburn-amendment.html

Dale April 6, 2009 at 9:51 PM

This bunch of filthy apostates has gone too far this time.
I am so outraged and enraged that I don’t know what to do.
They have been betraying Christ and the Holy Spirit for years by
supporting abortion, but this time, publicly violating the conscience protection
of their supposed brethren in the Catholic and other Christian Churches,
these depraved and beyond-wicked Senators have gone too far.
It is time to publicly excommunicate them, and may they never be allowed the sacraments again until they are on their deathbeds, even if they repent years before. It is time to restore some of the severity of the discipline of the Early Church. These Senators are NOT ***my*** brothers and sisters in Christ. As deliberate traitors to their Christian and Catholic brothers and sisters in the medical profession, which is the same as a frontal attack on the Church, these monsters have gone way too far. They make Judas Iscariot look lovable by comparison, for at least Judas, when he realized what he had done, had the
decency to commit suicide because he was so filled with remorse and grief. These monsters are incapable, I believe, of godly remorse.

Barbara April 7, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Their names should be published.

Ryan April 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

While the voting habits of putatively Catholic senators are disturbing, we should bear in mind that there are already several conscience clauses codified as federal statutes that protect health care providers. 42 U.S.C. § 300 a-7(b) prohibits health care entities receiving federal funds from requiring an “individual to perform or assist in the performance of any sterilization procedure or abortion if his performance or assistance in the performance of such procedure or abortion would be contrary to his religious beliefs or moral convictions; or …. (A) make its facilities available for the performance of any sterilization procedure or abortion if the performance of such procedure or abortion in such facilities is prohibited by the entity on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions”.

This does not mean that we should not continue to lobby for more comprehensive protections, but we need to be sure that we understand what the defeat of the proposed amendment does, and does not, entail. Unfortunately in this country, we treat medicine as if it were any other private enterprise, which makes it difficult to regulate the business relationship between a care provider and his employer. It bears noting that should we move to a universal health care system (as we should), the above regulation would, by default, cover all providers, since they would all receive federal funding.

Charlie April 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Barbara, their names are published on the links from the story. Dale, I agree that these Senators are holding heretical positions, but I must say the tone of your letter will not convert anyone’s heart. The Church teaches us to express our position clearly, but in a spirit of charity, and to fast and pray for these Catholics-in-name-only that they will allow the Holy Spirit to convert their hearts. Yes, this is frustrating and very scandalous, but we cannot give in to hate, or else we are all lost.

Paul W. Primavera April 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I respectfully disagree with Ryan about a universal health care system, but otherwise agree with him. This is NOT the solution to the problem. Rather, no business or government entity should ever force an individual to violate natural moral law period. Creating a socialist environment of government sponsored, government provided health care will only worsen this situation by making doctors and nurses accountable to Caesar instead of accountable to God speaking in their consciences. Furthermore, no Catholic institution should ever accept any monies from the public treasury – that is what has gotten us into this mess. Every time a Catholic institution, whether hospital or university, accepts Caesar’s money, then that institution becomes accountable to Caesar. Church institutions have only one accountability and that is to the King of kings and Lord of lords. God did not send His Son to establish a democracy, but to establish a Kingdom. Jesus is King and Pope Benedict XVI is His vicar.

I shall have to write and post an essay on the fallacies of govt sponsored health care on my blogsite later today: http://commentarius-ioannis.blogspot.com/. Too many Catholics are enraptured with the idea of social justice and the common good. They forget the story of the rich young man who came to Jesus, wanting to know what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus said he had to keep the law and the prophets. The young ruler said that he had all his life, Jesus responded that he still lacked one thing – he had to sell all his riches, give it up to the poor and follow Jesus. The young man went away very sad, for he had many possessions. Notice that NEVER EVER did Jesus say that Caesar was supposed to tax the rich young man and redistribute his money to the poor. NEVER EVER did Jesus tell His disciples to confiscate the rich man’s belongings and give the money to the poor. Rather, Jesus told the rich man that he had to do it voluntarily. It wasn’t that Jesus’ goal was feeding the poor; rather, Jesus was interested in saving a soul, and the young man’s riches were an idol that stood between him and eternal salvation.

Indeed, yesterday’s Gospel reading was from John 12 where Mary the sister of Martha anointed Jesus feet. Judas complained that the 300 denarii which the perfumed oil cost could have been better spent on the poor. Now what did Jesus say? Recognizing that Judas skimmed off the top of the purse (as all social justice policians do), Jesus told him that he always had the poor and he could do for them whenever he wished, but Jesus wouldn’t always be there.

The goal of the Gospel isn’t feeding bellies. We know this when the crowd of 5000 fed the loaves and fishes followed Jesus to Capernaum the next day and Jesus told them that the only reason they were following was because He had filled their bellies. He told them in no uncertain terms in John 6 to work for the eternal bread of life that never decays away and then began His discourse on the bread of life.

Yes, as Matthew 25:31-46 states, we are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the alien, care for the sick and visit the imprisoned. That is OUR job as members of the Body of Christ and we do it NOT for the misbegotten gospel of social justice BUT for the glory and love of God, and for the love of our neighbor. Everytime any Catholic institution accepts Caesar’s money for any charitable work, then it lessens to some degree its moral authority.

Socialism is inherently and intrinsically evil. It must be defeated.

Paul W. Primavera April 7, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Oh, by the way, go here to view the vote roll call. Your Senators will be listed. Notice that most Catholic senators voted AGAINST the amendment.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00152

Mike Sanders April 7, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Why do people such as these continue to call themselves Catholic when they clearly don’t accept what the Catholic Church teaches. Our country is in a sad state of affairs and needs a lot of prayers right now.

Edward E. Cook April 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

This country has been going down the slippery slope to (HELL) in a hand basket for many years now and this latest act of 25 (catholic) senators voting against the conscience clause that would protect health care workers in private hospitals from performing acts that go against their faith is another step down that slide. SHAME ON THEM!!!!! I have talked to doctors who will quit their practice before performing acts against their faith. My son who is a pharmacist would do the same.

Gary Siplin April 7, 2009 at 6:48 PM

The time has come for the respective Bishops of these people to excommunicate them, not that they will care. It is rapidly becoming a sin of scandal to those Bishops who do not act.

This whole Obmination becomes more nauseating by the day. It’s just beyond belief. We have no inalienable rights with this socialist in charge. When you throw Pelosi, Reid and, the ever shrill, Barney Frank into the mix you’ve got an aggregated i.q. in the low teens and the morals of a tom cat.

Pat Mallory April 10, 2009 at 6:37 PM

When St. Peter and Paul came to Rome many thousands were converted to the truth Faith by their teaching and example. Yet those great men were not naive. They
did not demand that the government of Rome should enforce the teachings of our Church. I ceretainly would love to see our Catholic values shown by those who are in public office, but we must not be fooled by politicians that pander to the Catholic vote especially when they lack substance.

LothairOfLorraine April 10, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Pat:

I agree that Catholics cannot expect secularists to enforce the teachings of the Church, but, Catholics have a right to demand that confessed and baptized Catholic leadership do just that.

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