Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been joined by the chairmen of seven USCCB committees in a statement on abortion funding in the American Rescue Plan.
Joining Archbishop Gomez were Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Justice, Peace and Human Development; Bishop David Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace; Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, of Oakland, chairman for the Committee on Catholic Education; Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; and Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, chairman of the Committee on Migration.
The full statement from the bishops follows:
“Our nation needs to heal, come together, and help one another. The American Rescue Plan is an important step in the right direction. It should provide much needed assistance for American families and businesses hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
“However, we are deeply concerned that this important legislation, as written, risks creating new divisions by abandoning a longstanding bipartisan compromise that respects the consciences of millions of Americans.
“For 45 years, the United States Congress – whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans – has maintained that taxpayers should not be forced against their conscience to pay for abortions. Abandoning this compromise in a time of national emergency only serves to divide people in the very moment we should be united. Please, let us instead focus on delivering the Covid relief so desperately needed.
“We urge President Biden and the leadership on Capitol Hill not to force upon Americans the wrenching moral decision whether to preserve the lives and health of the born or unborn, all of whom are our vulnerable neighbors in need. We ask that our leaders please not pit people against one another in such a way. We ask all Members of Congress to include the same protections against abortion funding that have been present in every Covid relief bill to date, and every annual spending bill for almost half a century.”
The above comes from a March 5 statement by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
You knew this was going to happen. The time for opposing Biden was before the election. Duh. Now nothing you bishops say matters. At all.
Amen, you had your chance. Now we have to live with the decisions of others….. good and bad (not-informed) as Rush used to say.
Some of our evangelical Christian brothers and sisters were duped. “Evangelicals for Biden” is expressing disappointment over Mr. Biden’s considerable expansion and funding of abortion and are in (or feigning?) shock over him keeping his campaign promises regarding abortion extremism.
Did you vote for him knowing he was an abortion extremist or did you vote for him thinking he was a liar (who might renege on his promises to Big Abortion)?
When will James Martin SJ, Kevin Gillespie SJ (Mr. Biden’s pastor), Cardinal Gregory and the “Nuns on the Bus” denounce Mr. Biden’s death warrants?
I was not aware that this bill included funding of abortions. Would that the Bishops had told us before its passage.
The Hyde Amendment – if it exists at all anymore – was one of those rare compromises that seemed to balance the needs and desires of the population.
I wonder, had Republicans focused their objections to this portion of the bill instead of the more generic arguments, and showed their own willingness to compromise on other aspects of the bill, if they might have succeeded against it. Instead our politics has become all-or-nothing. It’s sad to watch.
It’s sad to watch Democrats ruin the country and turn it into a communist, race-baiting, LGBT haven, secularist society. It’s sad to watch a fake Catholic president ruin the country. And soon it will be sad to watch laws signed by a fake Catholic president oppress the church.
Is it moral to recommend that people become human guinea pigs by getting jabbed with a “vaccine” that was rushed and approved without adhering to standard safety protocols? Nobody knows the long-term effects of any of the “vaccines”. People might be trading short-term mild protection from a flu variant for long-term severe health consequences. No way am I getting jabbed. I’ll buy a black market vaccine passport if I have to. What will the bishops say about the morality of that? Is life so complex and nuanced for McElroy that he would sanction deceit to obtain a fake vaccine passport if that was needed to live a normal free life?
Your tax dollars hard at work.
From Johns Hopkins: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines-myth-versus-fact
“Individuals who get the COVID-19 vaccination still need to practice infection prevention precautions. Keep your mask on, and continue staying at least 6 feet from people outside your household, until further notice. Vaccines do not stop the coronavirus from entering your body; they only prevent you from developing moderate to severe COVID-19. It’s not yet clear if people vaccinated for COVID-19 can still carry and transmit the virus, even when they themselves don’t get sick.”
What’s the point in getting “vaccinated” if you still need to wear a mask and social distance? Isn’t a vaccine supposed to confer immunity?? A mask and social distance was not a requirement of any prior vaccine program such as measles or polio.. It’s easy to conclude the COVID “vaccine” is not a real vaccine but a “medical treatment”.
“What’s the point in getting “vaccinated” . . .”
You’re making me think rationally about The COVID, and this is a sin against Covidism. The Covidites aren’t going to be very happy with this, Cranky Old Gal.
You really are cranky aren’t you! You need to still mask because quite a few reasons: Others aren’t vaccinated and so you show your solidarity. Secondly, you aren’t yet completely protected…95% is great, but you still might be vulnerable and transmit the virus to others.
Why the hell are you so cranky? Why can’t you help us get to the final goal of opening up full participation in the liturgy?
What is the ax that you grind? I for one don’t get it. We are literally weeks away from putting this entire nonsense behind us. Why is that so difficult for you?
Remember “two weeks to flatten the curve”? This will never end. The Democrats won’t allow it to end because they can consolidate their power through it.
I’m not going to answer Russian communist bots.