The California bishops have decided to give a doctor who supports “Medical Aid in Dying” a platform to be the Church’s voice regarding Covid vaccines. Of all faithful Catholic doctors, this is the doctor who someone decided should be informing the faithful…
Dr. Charles Binkley, M.D., although pro-euthanasia, serves as Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Ethics director of bioethics. He participated in this webinar which was meant to inform parish leaders.
His CV is light on actual academic works on ethics, Catholic social teaching, or immunology. His “applied” ethics achievements were gained while he served on California Medical Association’s ethics board, importantly when the group withdrew their opposition to “medical aid in dying” in 2015. Dr. Binkley’s consulting firm ProNobis, promotes “medical aid in dying” as part of “End of Life Care.”
A simple review of his page on the Markkula website reveals that the doctor has some out of the mainstream views regarding vaccines. The doctor criticizes bishops opposing the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. And moralizes that churches should mandate vaccines before allowing people to worship inside.
I have received no response from Ms. Kathleen Domingo (incoming director of the California Catholic Conference), Maria Jose Fernandez Flores (legislative advocate for CCC), or Mr. Ned Doljesi (temporary director of CCC), nor do I expect to.
The above was emailed to California Catholic Daily by a reader on April 15. The links included by the reader seemed to validate the concerns in the email.
Do our bishops have any discernment about who they hire?! Have they ever heard of vetting someone, doing some kind of background research before hiring someone or utilizing them as “experts?!”
I urge you to let your bishop know about this.
And, consider letting him know that you won’t be contributing to any diocesan appeals until you “hear” back from him.
This is scandalous.
I recommend his well thought out essay on COVID vaccines as well as the sources to Catholic teaching that he cites. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/02/19/churches-mandate-covid-vaccine-coronavirus-240024
Catholics must always reject the Culture of Death, always. Embracing lies because you think they are well thought out, shame on you.
No lies in the article. What are you even talking about?
Do you ever get the feeling that the Church, especially the California bishops, seem more in tune with Satan than they do Jesus Christ?
Not all the bishops are the same. Some are faithful, some are not. Just like the lay faithful and the lay not-so-faithful. Call out those who are unfaithful. Commend those who are faithful. Broad generalizations play into identity group politics and are divisive. They don’t really help solve problems.
If there isn’t a reliable mechanism (ahem… Holy Spirit) to keep the bishops faithful, then what gives?
The Holy Spirit will not violate one’s free will, whether it’s you, me or a bishop. That’s “what gives.” We’re given freedom and sometimes we abuse it terribly.
That doesn’t mean, however, that anyone is obligated to financially support a bishop who defies Christ and the teachings of the Church.
Does you bishop know about this?
If he does and does nothing, then, that’s on him.
on the ProNobis website “Dr. Binkley brings together extensive clinical experience, a deep understanding of how to improve health care quality, a background in scientific research, as well as bioethical training and experience. This combination allows him to think broadly, deeply, and concretely. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, David Kemp, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and their German shepherd, Jake.” Many same sex people miss the boat when it comes to life issues.
Yes, like YFC. Shame really, blinded by lifestyle.
fWiw, my “lifestyle” consists of making meals and praying. An occasional conversation with friends here and there. Watching liturgies on YouTube and zoom. A shower a couple times a week, and a few hikes on California trails. Followed by applying arthritis meds to my knees. Is that the lifestyle that you are condemning?
Condemnation is not my purview, just pointing toward your continual apologetics of all things LGBT. Anyone familiar with your posts knows this is true. Hope you will champion pro life values regarding vaccines and chaste living for all according to their station, regardless of sexual identity.
Oh Dear Viewer, you confuse me. You shame me yet you say it’s not your purview to condemn. What is the difference? Especially since this post has nothing whatsoever to do with LGBT anything, even though you claim I post constantly about it? Seems to me that it is all of YOU who post about LGBT things.
With respect to vaccines, you realize that the mRNA vaccines, chemically synthesized and not grown in any cell lines, are pro-life, are they not? So far, among all of the tens of millions vaccinated with mRNA vaccines, there has been only 1 COVID death. Among the non-vaccinated populations, there have been tens of thousands of COVID deaths. Seems to me, that is the definition of pro-life. How can you claim to be pro-life yet anti-life-giving-vaccine?
Your Fellow Katholic: “With respect to vaccines, you realize that the mRNA vaccines, chemically synthesized and not grown in any cell lines, are pro-life, are they not?”
They are not. See the work published by LifeSiteNews. It’s all there. And you’re pro-life? So you believe marriage is the exclusive and lifelong union between one biological man and one biological woman, and that all expressions of sexuality are reserved _only_ for that relationship?
Your Fellow Katholic: “So far, among all of the tens of millions vaccinated with mRNA vaccines, there has been only 1 COVID death.”
Sheer propaganda. There have been _thousands_ of COVID vaccine deaths in the U.S. alone. That’s just a little important, no?
Your Fellow Katholic: “Among the non-vaccinated populations, there have been tens of thousands of COVID deaths.”
Oh my goodness. What is a ‘COVID death’? Interestingly, the flu rate this past flu season practically disappeared. Hmm. I wonder why. And did you ever notice how low the COVID rate was, pre-vaccine rollout, in Africa?
Your Fellow Katholic: “How can you claim to be pro-life yet anti-life-giving-vaccine?”
Boy, you must really think Cal Catholic readers are stupid — like, really stupid. “Life-giving-vaccine”? Either you’re some kind of troll shilling for the left or one really pathetic victim of the left’s propaganda.
Lifesitenews does not contradict the fact that the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are chemically synthesized and are not grown using fetal cells. That is a fact.
I spent some time on their site last night, reading most of what they have covered. It is full of misstatements and bad science. I’m sure I will have lots of opportunity to pick apart their work bit by bit over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, we get closer to the day when we can safely return to normal activities. In SF, 2/3 of adults have had at least one shot of the vaccine and we are close to having more than half of the population fully vaccinated. Outsiding, masking, distancing, and vaccinating is working in SF and in the state as a whole. California now has the lowest per capita COVID rate of any state in the country.
After this, maybe the Bishops will contract with Fr. O’Brien SJ to lead the sexual harassment seminars.
Or with Fr. James Martin, SJ to lead the seminars on Catholic teaching about homosexuality and marriage.
I’ve stopped praying to God for an end to the pandemic. It’s clear things are going to happen by natural course of events. The Bishops don’t even care about being Catholic anymore.
Texas is doing great, and they are living normally.
This CINO doctor is also subtly pro-sodomy; for example, see his Pope Francis’s Statement Endorsing Same-Sex Civil Unions Undermines the Moral Legitimacy and Legal Arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia (https://www.scu.edu/ethics/all-about-ethics/pope-franciss-statement-endorsing-same-sex-civil-unions-undermines-the-moral-legitimacy).
That is what population controllers do since they know homosexual behavior cannot reproduce and most often leads to death by disease and bodily injuries for those who engage in it, and that lowers the population just as they want.. Then they produce “cures” from aborted fetuses, etc., which also lowers the population since the “cure” is just as bad as what it supposedly cures, and does not really cure anything but hooks people on the drugs. Some in the Church keep falling over and over again for it, thinking next time it will be different.
Some are already recommending more than one shot.