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Au revoir and good riddance, Secretary Sebelius…

 

Over at The Catholic Thing, Dr. Paul Kengor—a professor of political science at Grove City College—comments about the transition now taking place at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The outgoing Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, confronts the specter of the threat of contempt of Congress. According to Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sebelius has obstructed the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the rollout of Obamacare:

The Department’s substantial delay in production, combined with its improper redactions, has obstructed the Committee’s investigation. Should the Department continue to refuse to produce all documents in un-redacted form as required by the instructions in the subpoena issued on October 30, 2013, I will have no alternative but to consider the full range of options to enforce the subpoena.

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That’s provides great fodder for political junkies.

But, more important in the estimation of The Motley Monk, is Kengor’s discussion about what the HHS transition has to do with the Roman Catholic Church. As Kengor notes:

Kathleen Sebelius will be remembered not only as Barack Obama’s longtime HSS Secretary, but also as the spearhead of Obamacare. For that, many liberals will remember her fondly.

And here’s why:

  • Sebelius is a lifetime/pro-choice Catholic who, as the Governor of Kansas, expanded access to abortion in the state.
  • As HHS Secretary, Sebelius then expanded access to abortion nationally, forcing religious believers of practically every stripe to fund contraception and abortion drugs.
  • According to the New York Times and Politico, Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett–President Obama’s closest adviser–championed the mandate from the outset. They did so even as Vice President Joe Biden and Obama Chief of Staff Bill Daley (both Catholics) warned the President to consider carefully the backlash from the Catholic Church. Sebelius and Jarret bested Biden and Daley. (NOTE: One thing Dr. Kengor didn’t mention: The assistance and cover provided by the Catholic Health Association of the United States in the person of Sr. Carol Keehan.)

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Sebelius’ legacy includes one of the most anti-Catholic pieces of policy legislation and religious discrimination in U.S. history. “That is quite a legacy for a Catholic public official,” Kengor notes.

With Sebelius on the way out, the selection of Sylvia Burwell as HHS Secretary offers Roman Catholics a bit of solace. Nothing’s going to change, of course. But, according to Kengor:

…whatever Burwell’s doings, I can say this much that gives me a measure of relief as a Catholic: At least she isn’t Catholic. At least we’ll no longer have a Catholic who is the point-person and poster girl for this ignoble and ignominious cause. I don’t know if that is much solace, but maybe it makes the ordeal slightly less painful.

As for the unborn children whose lives will be snuffed out at taxpayer expense, the pain continues. And for that ordeal, Kathleen Sebelius, lifetime Roman Catholic, will always shoulder her share of responsibility.

Kudos to Dr. Kengor for discussing these important matters in his is substantive post in defense of the Gospel of Life.

 

 

To read Dr. Paul Kengor’s post, click on the following link:
http://www.thecatholicthing.org/columns/2014/so-long-kathleen.html

To read The Motley Monk’s daily blog, Omnibus, click on the following link:
http://richard-jacobs-blog.com/omnibus.html

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The Motley Monk is Fr. Richard Jacobs, O.S.A., a Professor of Public Administration at Villanova University. His academic specialities include: organizational theory; leadership ethics; Catholic educational leadership; and, U.S. Catholic educational history. Check out Fr. Jacobs' daily blog at http://www.richard-jacobs-blog.com/omnibus.html.

6 Comments

  1. The HHS Mandate was added after Obamacare was voted on by Congress leaving the consent of the people, the informed consent of the people, violated. Contempt of Congress is the tip of the iceberg to the machinations and subterfuge of the liberals who refuse to read the First Amendment “…or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” by penalties, taxation without representation. Man is composed of a human body and an immortal human soul. Obama care cannot and cannot change that. To try to destroy the human being as Obamacare has is taxation without representation. Obama must represent his constituents body and soul. The soul is blest with conscience. That Sebelius and Obama have sold their conscience to the devil does not give them or anyone the right to sell our conscience to the devil. “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion…”
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    The atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair was told by the Supreme Court that: “she could go her own way.”. Let Obamacare PLEASE let us go our own way.

  2. “Let Obamacare PLEASE let us go our own way.”

    God’s law trumps man’s law, Mary. I see in the news many loyal Catholics are telling Obumbler to “stick it”.
    I would not like to be in Sebellius’ shoes on judgement day.

  3. Sibelius….Traitor and disemboweler of Christian conscience.

    Our June of 2012 rally for religious freedom welcomed seven great guest speakers including our local Bishop Hebda. These gatherings took place simultaneously in over 200 cities.

    Sibelius will see truth when she departs from this world. In her last moments she will be escorted to each rally, and listen to the words that were shared by patriots. Her role is traitor.

  4. It is a war. She is a wounded and fallen soldier from the enemy camp, the losing side. We have confidence in the goodness of God, and in our victory in Him. As we live and breathe the maxim that He is Love, we pray for the conversion of sinners.

  5. If President Obama is refusing to represent his constituents, body, blood, soul and conscience, then, he is breaking his oath of office to uphold the Constitution, to represent all people in equal Justice, to represent the human person, body, blood, soul and conscience. Neither Sebelius not Obama own the conscience of the person. Without the conscience, man is nothing but an animal to be owned by his keepers. If I insulted Sebelius by calling her “an old nag” or “a dog in heat”, then, I would be saying that Sebelius as “an old nag” or “a dog in heat” has no human soul and no human conscience.
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    This is exactly what Obama and Sebelius have done to every American citizen by removing the conscience protection from the HHS Mandate.
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    excerpt from Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Church about the wall of separation of church and state:
    “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”
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    “Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience…” Does anyone find “the rights of conscience” in the HHS Mandate?
    Man “has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” Man owes the “necessities of life” to his neighbor as his social duties. The “necessities of life” would exclude abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, sex changes, unnatural sex, penile implants, breast augmentation, and the list of devil directed disgusting deceptions of the HHS Mandate and Obamacare goes on, eternal hell. and the taxpayers get to buy this through the imposition of taxes. Taxation without representation. Impeachment for violating the trust of the Constitution and malfeasance in office.
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    What Article in Constitutional law gives Obama the right to refuse to represent a human being’s conscience? Sebelius is not an honorable adversary. People must pray for her conscience because Sebelius sold her conscience to the devil…no, not Obama, the real Beelzebub.
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    George Washington would not have written the above.

  6. Sebelius on Judgment Day may well be required to gaze on the babies that her regulations murdered. God will have to do no accusing. The Books will be opened and tge record of her very own mind will stand in condemnation of her heinous acts.

    Depart from me ye worker of iniquity; I never knew you.

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