Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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)

Just wow:
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.

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)
(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

My Comments:
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

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At 9/16/2009 12:31 PM, Blogger madison svdp said...

I believe that it was the St. Vincent de Paul parish social justice committee in Philadelphia and not the Society of St. Vincent de Paul who is organizing this. I checked the source you cite and nowhere does it mention the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. You may want to check and correct your title so as to not unfairly defame the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

At 9/16/2009 1:27 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Thanks. That was also brought to my attention by an email correspondent. I'm in the process of updating the post to correct.

At 9/16/2009 5:09 PM, Blogger island breezes said...

Excellent coverage, as usual.


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