Catholic "Social Justice" Groups Organize Protest Against Cardinal Rigali; Assail Him for Being "Distracted" by Abortion [UPDATED]
UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that it was NOT the St. Vincent DePaul Society, but rather St. Vincent DePaul parish in Philadelphia that played a part in organizing this protest. I apologize for the mistake.
(Hat tip: Creative Minority Report)
Area Catholics and other people of faith will vigil [ED.: is "vigil" a verb now?] for health care for all on Saturday, September 19, at SS Peter & Paul Cathedral in Philadelphia. People will call on Cardinal Rigali to withdraw his opposition to real health care reform. Vigilers will gather at 1 p.m. across from the Philadelphia Free Library for a procession to the Cathedral.(emphasis and editorial commentary added)
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a 30-year history of lobbying for universal health care, which the bishops have called "a fundamental issue of human dignity and life." However, Cardinal Rigali, along with a few other U.S. bishops, is joining with Right-wing Republican [ED.: How's that for blatant partisanship? There are no Dems opposing the bill? Why bother mentioning party affiliation at all? And yet these groups accuse the Bishops of being the ones who are partisan.] fringe groups determined to stop legislation that would bring health insurance to millions and millions of uninsured Americans.
The vigil will call on Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, to withdraw his opposition to legislation that would create real health care reform. We call on Cardinal Rigali, instead, to stand with the millions of uninsured Americans by demanding Universal Health Care for All.
Stand for justice at the steps of the Cathedral: Support Health Care for All!
Sponsors: Catholic Peace Fellowship, House of Grace Catholic Worker, Philadelphia Catholic Worker, St. Vincent de Paul's Peace & Justice Ministry, and Brandywine Peace Community (list still in formation)
Health care and "justice" for "ALL"?
"All" except the unborn, of course. The unborn are NEVER a consideration for these types, which is why this group of dissidents who are protesting a Cardinal of the Church, mind you, and accusing him of naked partisanship * never indicate in their press release just WHY Cardinal Rigali opposes ObamaCare in its present form.
No, it can't be that Cardinal Rigali - in his role as head of the Bishops' committee on pro-life activities - has taken a principled stand against a bill that will make federal funds available for abortion coverage; it MUST be that he's just another "Republicath Bishop" who is "joining with right-wing Republican fringe groups" to be mean to poor people.
* Who wants to bet we don't hear a peep from all those who attacked pro-lifers as "divisive" and "hateful" "sinners" for their much more subdued criticism of Cardinal O'Malley in the wake of the scandalous Kennedy funerally?
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Obama Advisor Axelrod: Catholic Bishops are Wrong
Fake Pro-Life Group Third Way Claims Health Care Bills Will Reduce Abortions
Bishop Doran: Take to Heart Concerns Over Federal-Government-Run Health Care
Deal Hudson: "The Problems with Government-Run Healthcare
Some Catholic Bishops Assail Health Plan
Archbishop Chaput Again: Health Care Reform That Funds Abortion Is Not Common Ground
Fr. Euteneuer's Response to Cecile Richards' Attack On Catholic Bishops
In Face of Planned Parenthood Attack, USCCB Official Insists Abortion is Not Health Care
Mainstream Media Spreads Untruths on Behalf of Obama: Newsday Claims Bishop Murphy Supports ObamaCare; Lies About Plan's Coverage of Abortion
Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood Attack U.S. Catholic Bishops for Defending Life
U.K. Catholic Rag Admonishes U.S. Bishops: Back Barack on Health Care, Stop Getting "Distracted" by Abortion
Archbishop Chaput: ‘Common Ground’ Claim Will Be Tested by Details of Health Care Reform"Common Ground" on Abortion
Religious Left: Do Not be "Distracted" by Abortion Coverage in ObamaCare
USCCB Prolife Chief Draws 'Lines in the Sand' on Healthcare
American Papist: Follow the Money to Determine Why Catholic Orgs Support ObamaCare Despite Inclusion of Abortion Coverage
Knights of Columbus Pass "Fishy" Resolution Opposing Any Health Care Reform That Funds Abortion
New York Archbishop: Church Will Have No Part in "Health Care" That Destroys Life
Deal Hudson: "Why Catholics Will Not Get Abortion Out of the Health Care Bill" [UPDATED]
Cardinal Rigali "Distracts" from Health Care Debate
A "Loud Silence"
Obama's Nun: Ignore "Insignificant Details", Pass Health Care Bill Now
Bishops Speak Out on ObamaCare
Cardinal Rigali vs. Congress Re: Federally Funded Abortions