How much is Sr. Carol Keehan worth to the pro-Obamacare Catholic Health Association? Answer: $962,467.
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Keehan must chuckle at the cluelessness and doctrinal timidity of the bishops. The USCCB still can’t decide if “Catholic” pols whipping the Church in America on issues like abortion and gay marriage should be denied Communion. This is too tough a call for the USCCB, so no uniform policy exists. (In a typical comment from the USCCB crowd, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. has said that he won’t withhold Communion from Nancy Pelosi, as that “style” of confrontation makes him uncomfortable.)
While the bishops dither, Keehan ruthlessly organizes the Little Sisters of Leftism for Obama’s reelection. Her task is a little trickier this year but she could still pull it off.
In 2008, many bishops, priests, and nuns voted for Obama and they probably will again. At the end of the day, they are Democrats first and Catholics second. Besides, they agree with Obama on issues like birth control. They, too, view the Church’s teachings as passé.
Indeed, Saul Alinsky couldn’t have organized Obama’s Fifth Column within the Church any better than Sister Keehan and company.
“Obama is not a pro-abortion president,” Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of L’Osservatore Romano, said a while back, while former papal household theologian Cardinal Georges Cottier congratulated Obama for his “humble realism.”
Catholic Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who got Keehan’s memo and is back on the team (not that he was ever off it) after Obama’s “compromise,” enjoys seeing traditional Catholics in America get their wires crossed with ostensible allies at the USCCB and Vatican. The “Vatican clearly views Obama through a broader prism,” said Dionne after the remarks of Vian and Cottier.
Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan told the openly heretical National Catholic Reporter that he supported Notre Dame’s decision to confer an honorary degree upon Barack Obama and could not understand the “big scene” of protests about it. Asked by NCR if other bishops agreed with him, he replied, “Of course, the majority.”
He declared that “we don’t want to isolate ourselves from the rest of America by our strong views on abortion and the other things.”
The rise of the Tea Party frankly scares these bishops. Nervous headlines they didn’t dare run in their diocesan newspapers after the election of Barack Obama suddenly appeared after the House Dems got clocked in November of 2010. Catholic San Francisco ran a headline after the election that read: “Social Justice Agenda in Jeopardy in US.”
America magazine, the Jesuit journal of dissent, also found the Tea Party-inspired results troubling. Steve Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, wrote in a piece on its website that the Church’s “years of efforts in America to support public policies that reflect its moral vision were dealt a blow Tuesday evening.”
No doubt Obama will reassemble his “Catholic advisory committee” and continue to generate donations from Catholic colleges and universities. Last time around, the faculty at Jesuit Georgetown led all college faculties, religious and non-religious, in donations to Obama.
Several Jesuit schools joined Keehan in praising Obama for his HHS “compromise,” which was awfully big of them since they never needed it in the first place, given that they already hand out condoms and contraceptives to their students.
Obama’s 2008 Catholic advisory committee included such national co-chairs as Sr. Jamie Phelps, OP, professor of theology at Xavier University, and Sr. Catherine Pinkerton with the Congregation of St. Joseph. Surely, his 2012 one will be chaired by an even worthier champion — Sister Keehan, the Daughter of Charity worth close to a million bucks a year.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online