When Cardinal George requested that pro-life Republicans vote for the Stupak amendment to the health care bill, he was shaming conservative American legislators that they need to stand up for what they claim in public. Cardinal George discounted reasonable Republican objections that this was just a ploy by Nancy Pelosi to get pro-life Democrats on board knowing full well that all pro-life language would be stripped in the joint chambers conference committee.
Was Cardinal George this naive to fall for this parliamentary trick? Can we assume he isn’t this naive?
No, Cardinal George is not this naive because why would the Vatican choose him to lead a diocese? The Vatican certainly takes its time to make wise and knowledgeable decisions don’t they? The Holy Spirit guides them in their work, granted that this is done primarily through the teachings of the Church. Though we can be reasonable enough knowing that the Vatican wouldn’t choose someone who is incompetent to be a shepherd to his flock.
So we discount this reasoning that Cardinal George is incompetent. This then begs the question then “why” did he urge GOP lawmakers to vote for the Stupak Amendment knowing full well that his was simply a ploy?
Can we believe that Cardinal George truly wants universal health care at any cost. Even at the expense of murdering innocent unborn children?
Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media implies some of these points with my emphases and comments in this truncated article:
A lot is being said and written about why national health care legislation is becoming a reality. The simple fact, available for all to see, is that the U.S. Catholic Bishops ensured passage of the bill in the House, enabling the Senate to move forward with its version.
Like “progressive” strategist Robert B. Creamer, the Bishops [USCCB*] believe that health care is a right to be guaranteed by government.
As we were the first to disclose, Creamer, an ex-con and husband of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, emphasized using “the faith community” to mobilize support for universal health care by highlighting the morality of providing medical care to people in need. His book, Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win, emphasized that “We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right [And the USCCB, many of whom have strong Democratic Party loyalties fell hook, line, and sinker for this… wait for it…].”
Now compare this to what the Bishops have said.
“Our approach to health care is shaped by a simple but fundamental principle: ‘Every person has a right [I thought only God can determine our rights. Apparently I may be wrong since free-will isn’t enough.] to adequate health care,'” they say. They go on, “For three quarters of a century, the Catholic bishops of the United States have called for national action to assure decent health care for all Americans. We seek to bring a moral perspective in an intensely political debate; we offer an ethical framework in an arena dominated by powerful economic interests.”
Reform, the Bishops said, would “require concerted action by federal and other levels of government [I guess we don’t need Catholic hospitals if we want the government to run our lives and provide health care] and by the diverse providers and consumers of health care. We believe government, an instrument of our common purpose called to pursue the common good, has an essential role to play in assuring that the rights of all people to adequate health care are respected [Health care is now a “right” and this theme will be hammered home frequently… innocent unborn children be damned].”
The only real chance of defeating the health care legislation came when the bill was lacking a majority of votes for passage in the House. That’s when the first deal was made. This was the deal that made all other deals possible. Acting at the behest of Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the Catholic Bishops, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to a vote on the pro-life amendment introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak. It passed and then the bill itself was approved.
But why did Republicans vote for the Stupak amendment if they opposed the basic premise of the bill? House Republican Leader Rep. John Boehner got his marching orders as well. He was told by Cardinal Francis George [Why hasn’t the good Cardinal come out just as strong against Senator Ben Nelson? Just stating a fact], president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, that the Republicans shouldn’t scuttle the Stupak amendment.
The Senate then proceeded to pass its own version of the legislation, without the Stupak language [Again, where was Cardinal George and his issuance of “marching orders” to the pro-life legislators to kill the bill?]. Predictably, Stupak is complaining about that. But he-and the Democrats and Republicans who voted for his amendment-only have themselves to blame. At least five lobbyists for the Bishops worked with Pelosi and Stupak on the deal that is now also predictably falling apart. Clearly, the pro-life deal was a ploy designed to keep the legislation alive [Was Cardinal George a willing acomplice? He is much smarter to fall for this isn’t he?].
It has become apparent to some observers that the Bishops want the legislation to pass, with or without abortion language [Innocent unborn children be damned.], because of its perceived impact on 600 Catholic hospitals. As they say in their own document, “Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, agencies, and hospitals are major purchasers of insurance and health care. The rapidly escalating costs of coverage are impacting almost every diocese, agency, parish, and school [So they’re just looking out for the financial bottom line, innocent unborn children be damned].”
In other words, the Bishops see national health care legislation as a way to reduce their own costs. In addition, by expanding federally-subsidized health care to as many as 30 million people, many of whom might normally depend on Catholic hospitals for inexpensive or free care, the Catholic Bishops could save even more money [Again, innocent unborn children be damned.].
Andrew P. Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst at the Fox News Channel, has written a very revealing article about what has been missing in the debate over health care. He writes, “In the continually harsh public discourse over the President’s proposals for federally-managed healthcare, the Big Government progressives in both the Democratic and the Republican parties have been trying to trick us. These folks, who really want the government to care for us from cradle to grave, have been promoting the idea that health care is a right. In promoting that false premise, they have succeeded in moving the debate from WHETHER the feds should micro-manage health care to HOW the feds should micro-manage health care. This is a false premise, and we should reject it. Health care is not a right; it is a good, like food, like shelter, and like clothing.”Rights come from God, not government, Napolitano points out [Shouldn’t Cardinal George know this, or are they succumbing to their Democratic Party loyalties, innocent unborn children be damned].
It would have been nice if it had been pointed out on Fox News and elsewhere that the Catholic Bishops who claim to be offering a “moral perspective” on this controversy have bought into the false premise. But they didn’t believe it to be false, and that is the critical point.
In short, the Catholic Bishops have emerged as a major “progressive” force in the United States, determined to saddle the country with a socialized medicine scheme. The disagreements over abortion among the “Big Government progressives” should not distract our attention from this basic fact. The Bishops also favor “climate change” legislation and amnesty for illegal aliens[These are legitimate concerns, though they are below the hierarchical preeminence of protecting innocent unborn children].
“Sadly, the bishops have misunderstood the entire process, and now we will all pay,” one conservative Catholic blogger points out[5, Teófilo de Jesús]. “They thought they could influence our lawmakers to provide us a ‘clean’ government takeover of the nation’s health care system, ‘clean’ in the sense they hoped this ‘reform’ would include strong conscience protections while defunding abortion, without objecting to the basic premise of unprecedented government growth.”
My question is, why is Cardinal George silent? Why isn’t he rallying the troops to protect innocent unborn children from being murdered as he did Republican legislators? His silence speaks volumes.
* USCCB = U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
 Ex-Con Counts on “Faith Community” to Pass Health Care by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media.
 A Framework for Comprehensive Health Care Reform: Protecting Human Life, Promoting Human Dignity, Pursuing the Common Good by the USCCB
 An Eye-Opening Account of Health Care Lobbying by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media.
 What Is a Right? by Andrew P. Napolitano of LewRockwell.com.
 The US Catholic Bishops and Health Care Reform: A Failure of Imagination by Teófilo de Jesús of Vivificat.
For the article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media click here.