Cumberland Times-News


January 1, 2012

So, what has the devil now dealt us?


Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been almost 12 months since I made a pact with the devil and will now have government-supported abortions in the United States. 
This should be the confession and wake up call to all Catholics, and most particularly to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 
The USCCB engagement in social justice to advocate health care reform, calling for “adequate and affordable health care for all,” threw in their lot in with progressives in Congress and the Obama administration and encouraged the passing of universal health care. But, be careful what you wish for.
To the bishops’ credit, they spoke out against the health care bill passed in the 2010 session of Congress for failing to adequately ensure that taxpayer funds would not pay for abortions. 
But the devil played his cards and performed some sleight of hand in the guise of an executive order to win pro-life Democrat votes that would reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion. An executive order that can be issued or repealed by one man — the president. What could possibly go wrong?
But as the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic (really?), said, “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” So, now that the fog has lifted, what has the devil dealt us?
The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic (really?), has issued a mandate that would require contraception and sterilizations be covered by most private insurance plans. 
This will include employer insurance plans offered by Catholic-run intuitions, i.e. The Archdiocese of Baltimore, as well as Catholic hospitals and teaching intuitions. 

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