More White House baloney on contraception.

Jay Carney said the Catholic bishops never supported health care. Is White House press secretary stupid or a liar? Or did he just misspeak, in which case we will quickly get a correction. Below is a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops correcting the record:



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WASHINGTON—The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said in a press briefing at the White House on February 13, “…I would simply note with regard to the bishops that they never supported health care reform to begin with…”

“This is not the case,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“Since 1919, the United States Catholic bishops have supported decent health care for all and government and private action to advance this essential goal,” Bishop Blaire said.  “Long before the current battles, the Catholic Church was persistently and consistently advocating for this overdue national priority.”

In the recent health care debate the USCCB called universal and affordable health care “an urgent national priority and moral imperative.” The USCCB’s criteria insisted reform should be truly universal, protect human life and conscience and not discriminate against immigrants. “The USCCB opposed the final legislation because it failed this test, a judgment sadly but clearly borne out by the failure of the law and the recent regulation to protect conscience and religious liberty,” explained Bishop Blaire.

“I hope those who made or repeated this false statement will correct the record and report the bishops’ long and consistent record of support for health care which protects the life, dignity and consciences of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.”—

Keywords: Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Jay Carney, White House, press secretary, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, health care reform, U.S. bishops, Affordable Care Act, poor and vulnerable, human life and dignity, Stockton


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  • The church should have seen this coming. This is their reward for supporting this President. Anytime the church supports something that is also supported by Planned Parenthood- there's some kind of con going on.

  • In reply to montclareresident:

    Why is it that the bishops only become outraged over issues involving orgasm? Seems a little strange to me. When Pope John Paul II said he thought the Iraq War did not meet the criteria for a just war, I don't recall hearing a letter read at Sunday Mass condemning the U.S. government.

  • In reply to john m:

    Apparantly you're not Catholic or not a practicing Catholic. The conference of American Bishops denounced the war in Iraq and Pope John Paul II publicly scolded President Bush when he went to visit the Vatican. To suggest that the church only gets involved when it comes to 'orgasms' is a typical leftist response. Especially since I never hear the left screaming "separation of church and state" when the church openly advocates and catholic priests march for immigration reform. This issue regarding 'orgasms', as you put it, is a direct assault on the independence of religion and that's why a letter was read in mass. Now please go back to Hyde Park or whatever lakefront community you are from

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    One of the legitimate functions of government is to promote equality and fairness for ALL, to have everyone play by the same rules. No one is coming into our Churches and trying to tell parishioners what to believe...or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops want to start businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no "faith" at all- THEN they must play by the rules...ESPECIALLY if they use our tax dollars in the process.  Just because a religious group in America claims to believe something, we cannot excuse them from obeying the law in the PUBLIC arena, based on that belief. They can legally attempt to change the law, not to deny it outright. And if they want to plunge overtly into politics from the pulpit, then they should give up their tax-exempt status. Did I miss something, or when it comes to the "sanctity of life", is every single righteous Catholic still a card carrying conscientious objector, still refusing to take up arms,  still totally against the death penalty, and still against contraception and birth-control in all its forms? Oh well, hypocrisy is at the heart of politics, and politics masquerading as religion even more so. This country is an invigorating mixture of all the diversity that life has to offer, drawing its strength FROM that diversity. We need to work together to preserve, enrich, and strengthen this unique experiment - NOT to tear it down with poisonous, paralyzing, and un-Christian demonization of each other.

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