Tag Archives: HHS+mandate

Irish come out fighting

Hopey changey not working out at Notre Dame.  Nothing says more about this most obvious overreaching by the boy president.

Give a look at some nuts and bolts of it, noting while you are at it, this pungency:

The [legal] background [of the HHS mandate] is farcical. It represents administrative law brought to us by Laurel and Hardy, or Professor Irwin Corey, or the dictator of that Central American country featured in Woody Allen’s Bananas.

There are 12 suits, of course, each identically worded.  Chicago is not suing, but from Illinois, Springfield and Joliet are suing.  Can you imagine Chicago getting really serious about fighting Obama and the Dimmycrats? 

Cardinal George and his archdiocese are

“ . . . obviously deeply concerned about preserving the Catholic identity of Catholic educational, health care and social service organizations,” George said in a statement. “The Archdiocese therefore entirely supports the actions of the Catholic dioceses and organizations that have brought suit against the Department of Health and Human Services for violating the heretofore constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom of Catholic institutions.”

Nicely, if professorially, said.  But not part of the suit?  Why not?

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You know us, Kathleen. Not to worry.

Let not this Sebelius appearance stand for university integrity, hearing all sides, etc. 

There is no clash of ideas in the holding up of a commencement speaker for all to see, no intellectual honesty for which Jesuits et al. at Georgetown are to be praised.  Nothing like any of that.  Just politics. 

They say, We’re with you, Sebelius, you can count on us.

Calling it for freedom

The (religious) freedom argument can hardly be put better than this:

Regardless of whether you believe life begins at conception or upon birth; whether contraception and abortion are women’s health issues or go against the will of God; or whether health care is a right every person should have, you must recognize that forcing some to pay for something they find repugnant is unethical and creates unnecessary social conflict. [bingo]

From a self-proclaimed pro-choicer saying choice is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways.

Axelrod, Misericordia, and the HHS mandate.

When bad policies hit home for the policy-maker/defender/media manipulator.

Wuxtry, Obama newsletter on yr doorstep

Today’s Obama Reelection Newsletter (ORN), also known as Sun-Times, arrived safely.  It’s a handy package, slips into outer-coat pocket, easy for taking onto Green Line (or other) train or bus or even into church!

On page 3, left third, length of page, we find the Maximum Leader in an AP story (the ORN is also your best source for AP stories), saying he “would not hesitate to attack Iran to keep it from getting a nuclear bomb.”  Not if the political adviser told him it was a no-brainer, no he would not hesitate to do it or lots of other things. 

But that is not the issue here, where he also warns against “loose talk of war” (his words), which I call having cake and eating it.  Look, he’s running for reelection, right?  Don’t be so picky.

Next to him, also on p. 3, down the middle (which is not how ORN editors play things, hardly), is “IN A RUSH TO LEAVE: 7th  advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh’s show” (also AP, not linkable at S-T site).

Which follows Sunday p. 3A’s “Limbaugh apologizes for calling woman slut” (AP again), giving Sandra Fluke’s age as 30 without a blink sans reference to correction elswhere offered.

Which followed Saturday p. 2’s huge “OBAMA WADES INTO RUSH’S ‘SLUT’ STORM,” (AP, though not so identified), which spills onto p. 3 and (guess what?) a heroic head shot of The Leader, shaking a semi-fist, thumb exposed.

All in all, Saturday’s was a two-fer of the first order, boosting The Leader for trashing that man at WLS, Rushbo.

So goes the Newsletter, on your doorstep seven days at a reasonable price if you like good partisan fun.

Mandate rubs Catholics’ noses in it. Yuck.

Responded last week to especially provocative local-paper column about the HHS mandate, “Who controls birth control?”  But no letters in the paper this week.  Thin paper and all.  A pity, that.  Here’s my letter, which addresses some more than parochial concerns:

2/17/2012 3:54:03 PM

Editor:

Ken Trainor, my excellent editor for many months of Wednesday Journal columns, laid an egg in his Feb. 14 column about the HHS mandate, ignoring the governmental intrusion-coercion factor in favor of lambasting bishops.

In so doing, he soared over the top, even for this sometime critic.  The bishops were “beside themselves with outrage” over the mandate.  They “thundered,” calling the issue “a matter of religious liberty!”  It’s time for them “to grow up.”

Plus, he makes a bit much of the “people of God” argument, as if the Vatican Council meant to dismantle or otherwise negate the church’s entire governing structure.  Where’d he get that idea?

Basically, he wants a referendum about what’s sin and what isn’t, something not even the pace-setting reformer Martin Luther had in mind.

Failing that, he wants bishops to shut up about some things, which is apparently what the feds want also and have hefty fines in store if they don’t.  Refusal to participate has an estimated $10 million a year fine for an institution the size of Notre Dame, for instance.  Not even the bishops have that kind of power.

The whole thing is really a rubbing of Catholics’ noses in the weltanschaung, a German word for the whole damn contemporary dumb view of things.  Ken doesn’t mind, because he stepped in it and can’t get himself out.

Before I go, one of Ken’s arguments has me fascinated.  It’s this: “The hierarchy doesn’t like the U.S. government telling them what to do. The Catholic laity . . . has refused to allow the hierarchy to tell them what to do.  What works for the hierarchy, . . . works for the [laity].”  Which I find as mysterious as a papal encyclical.  Can’t a good editor do better than that?

— Jim Bowman

Sister Rosemary in a perp walk

Is it Barbara Frietchie time in Chi?

“The contraceptive mandate imposed on health plans by the Department of Health and Human Services also violates freedom of conscience,” said a Catholic priest.

“Imagine the impact on a revered Chicago Catholic institution like Misericordia, which is a home to the mentally disabled.”


Barbara Frietchie retrieved the flag shot down by Johnny Reb as he marched through “Frederick town”
and hurled her defiance at Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate soldiers:

‘Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,’ she said.

At 90, she’d come by her gray hairs honestly.

Context: Cardinal George defies Obama, screams Sun-Times

 . . .

 

“We cannot — and will not — comply with this unjust law,” states the cardinal, who is vehemently opposed to the new Obama administration rule requiring religious organizations to include contraceptive health insurance coverage.

“People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens because of their religious beliefs. . . . Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights.”

 

. . . but nowhere runs his letterLeft-wing hothouse, like most mainstream newsrooms.

Later: And what’s here comes after five days of nothing, reader Pat Hickey notes below!

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