Sunday, November 1, 2009

The USCCB, The Democrats, and Health Care Reform

A fable (The Horse, Hunter and Stag) by Aesop:

A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the Stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: "If you desire to conquer the Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon you as we follow after the enemy." The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then with the aid of the Hunter the Horse soon overcame the Stag, and said to the Hunter: "Now, get off, and remove those things from my mouth and back."

"Not so fast, friend," said the Hunter. "I have now got you under bit and spur, and prefer to keep you as you are at present."

If you allow men to use you for your own purposes, they will use you for theirs.

The USCCB is not happy with the Democrats' health care bill including "abortion funding & mandates". Lots of information about it on their website. Guess the most surprising part of it for me is that they seem ... surprised.

In a flyer they distributed nationally this weekend they state, "The bills will have to change or the bishops have pledged to oppose them." I'm afraid this threat may not carry the same weight it should or once may have. Especially with statements such as the following on their website,

"...the bishops have asked that health care reform be “abortion neutral,” this is, that existing laws and policies with regard to abortion and abortion funding be preserved, ..."

Saints Athanasius and Augustine, pray for us.

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