by Dr. D ~ November 11th, 2009
(Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey- via Wikipedia)
Here’s an article from Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey calling for the IRS to suspend the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church because the Catholic Bishops actually lobbied to have Abortion dropped from the health care bill.
Also here’s a statement by Congressman Patrick Kennedy pertaining to the abortion issue:
“The fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.”
Now here’s the response of his Bishop to that statement –Thomas J. Tobin:
“Well, in fact, Congressman, in a way it does. Although I wouldn’t choose those particular words, when someone rejects the teachings of the Church, especially on a grave matter, a life-and-death issue like abortion, it certainly does diminish their ecclesial communion, their unity with the Church. This principle is based on the Sacred Scripture and Tradition of the Church and is made more explicit in recent documents.”
Over 40 Democratic members of Congress are reportedly angry over this issue and are demanding for abortion to be put back into any final bill before they vote for it.
Response: The Liberals don’t complain about the church when it serves their purposes and supports their views which in my estimation is far too often. In fact the Catholic Bishops did end up supporting the health care bill when Abortion was dropped from it.
The fact is, the Catholic Church and any other religious body including pastors and clergy should be free to speak out on moral issues and issues of life and death whether they have become ‘politicized’ or not. The Catholic Bishops are not supporting a particular party or candidate in this case only enunciating their stance on a particular moral issue. This is nothing new—actually for both sides except the call to question the status of the church.