Some sisters have come out in favor of The Affordable Care Act, saying
(We) believe that a civilized society must ensure the provision of basic healthcare to its citizens regardless of their ability to pay for it. (We) further believe it is a moral imperative that all levels of government institute programs that ensure the poor receive such care. (We) believe Medicaid expansion under the Act is critical to the communities (we) serve.
Predictably, some “Catholic” websites are leading with headlines like “Liberal Nuns Support Obamacare”, and “Liberal Activist Nuns Want Socialized Medicine”.
Sigh. What’s wrong with these people? What do they think Jesus would charge for healthcare? And they’re theologically out of step with their church.
As further proof that conservative efforts to paint President Obama as the enemy of religion are a red herring, nearly two dozen leading Catholic nuns filed a brief in the Supreme Court last week supporting the president’s signature legislative accomplishment. The Catholic sisters who joined the brief include the leaders of many prominent religious orders providing health care and other services to the needy.
These nuns have unique stature to explain why their support for the Affordable Care Act flows from their faith, given that so many of them have devoted their lives to providing care to those most in need. Nevertheless, their views are hardly unique within their church’s hierarchy. Pope Benedict XVI called health care an “inalienable right,” and added that it is the “moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens.”
Duh. “Is the Pope Catholic?” may no longer be a rhetorical question- especially for catholic fanatics.
Oh- and Jesus healed for free….
- Rick Santorum Tries To Explain Why He Does Not Agree With The Catholic Church On Health Care Reform (thinkprogress.org)
- Often Overlooked, Sisters on The Forefront Of Equality (dgsmith.org)
- The Nail On The Head (dgsmith.org)
- Catholics defend The President (From Eternity To Here)