It would be mildly amusing is wasn’t so sad to read emails and brochures produced by well-intentioned but hyper-reactive Catholic organizations calling for petition drives to demand that President Obama revoke some of the regulations associated with his “healthcare reforms.”
With Notre Dame University having honored President Obama in 2009, he subsequently turned on his heels by allowing his Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius, to roll out new regulations flagrantly violating not only his word but also Church teaching.
These new regulations include:
- requiring women’s health plans to cover sterilization and contraception, including “abortifacients”;
- mandating many Catholic organizations—including schools and colleges/universities, hopsitals, and Catholic charities—to violate their Catholic identity by providing health benefits that violate Church teaching; and,
- compelling the insurance plans offered by Catholic organizations to offer free birth control and sterilization to college girls.
No doubt, these regulations are something the Church should protest.
Yet, all of this is amusing in that the majority of U.S. Catholics not only supported the President’s election but Catholic politicians also played crucial roles in crafting the healthcare “reform” bill and, now, designing the regulations.
Where was the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Health Association, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and Catholic Charities USA in 2008 and 2009 prophetically warning of the potential ill-effects of Obamacare?
For the most part, they were “working with the Administration,” believing the promises being made by their President, Catholic politicians, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. But, the truth is that they were “true believers,” savoring the limelight and empty promises made by Democrat politicians—whose Party’s platform explicitly promotes anti-life policies.
Now that the “hopium” has worn off with the reality of the new HHS regulations, it’s almost laughable that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching a nationwide campaign at parishes this weekend. About the new regulations, the bulletin insert states: “This poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.”
Well, duh! Isn’t that just great…after the fact? Where was the leadership…before the fact?
Dancing with wolves, these U.S. Catholics weren’t just snookered. They’ve also been taught a lesson…one they should have known all along. Putting partisan politics ahead of Church teaching, the “hand which was to feed them” has “slammed the door in their faces.”
So, now they cry foul and organize protests? It’s almost laughable if it wasn’t so sad.
How can these true believers possibly believe their protests are going to effective now that they’ve thrown the weight of their support behind the conditions which allowed the horse to be let out of the barn in the first place?