Monday, August 10, 2009

Obama Health Care & Catholic Organizations

This was an alarming reality check for me.

As a Catholic I am constantly dismayed at the number of fellow Catholics supporting the presently proposed Health Care bill along with it's abortion protection clauses and elderly care "end-of-life" counseling mandates. Their thoughts are "if it's FREE, it's for me!"

Now I'm even more dismayed to find out that leading Catholic organizations like Catholic Charities USA, and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul & Catholic Health Association are whole heartily supporting this legislation.

AmP does a fine job of educating me on this latter point...

Read it and weep.

Why are Catholic organizations supporting Obamacare? Follow the money.

Last week I was scratching my head trying to figure out the reasons why Catholic organizations (such as Catholic Charities USA, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Catholic Health Association) are "rushing anti-life health care reform".

One of the reasons I'd like to be able to rule out very quickly is that they are doing so out of self-interest, because they have significant financial stakes in this debate.

It becomes hard to rule this possibility out when I find out that Catholic Charities just received $100,000,000 in government money on July 20th - it's first federal contract ever:

Catholic Charities USA has received a five-year, 100 million dollar federal contract to aid in disaster relief throughout the United States. The contract is the charity’s first ever federal contract.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families (ACF) section awarded the contract to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a 100-year-old service organization.

The contract allows HHS to issue task orders to the agency for aid in connection with a specific disaster. The agreement became effective on July 20, a Monday CCUSA press release says. (CNA)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:54 PM

    HI Tim. The world over on EWTN has been talking about this for the last few weeks. Its very disturbing that even in these Catholic organizations the leadership dont understand church teachings. The Knights seem to get it. Carl Anderson was on last Friday night and he says he against any healthcare with abortion in it. Take care Paul