A few weeks ago I wrote in this blog about the fact that our all-knowing federal government just doesn’t seem to be able to keep its hands off our personal healthcare arrangements. I suppose as mere mortals, you and I are not bright enough to identify and purchase the health insurance that best fits our needs and our budget.
There was surpringly little outcry or protest, presumably because most of our nation’s citizens, sadly, are used to the meddling hands of government bureaucrats being where they ought not be. The federal government commands us in so many ways–it even gets its “own” share of our paychecks before we do. Well, it looks like leaders of the Catholic Church aren’t going to roll over so easily.
All around the country yesterday, letters were to be read in the pulpits of Catholic churches. The individual letters came from local bishops and show evidence of minor differences, but their overall similarities show them to be the product of a nationwide response by the Catholic bishops as a whole. They rightfully point out that forcing Catholic institutions to provide insurance coverage for procedures and drugs that violate authoritative Catholic teaching amounts to a denial of religious liberty.
The letters are strongly worded, and several examples can be seen on the website of Business Insider. The sentence that I find most inspiring is straightforward and clear. How refreshing it is to see the bishops taking a stand: “We cannnot–we will not–comply with this unjust law.” I stand with the bishops in support of their complaint and I thank them heartily for their courage and outspoken protest.
Remember all the things we were promised by President Obama and the Democrats? We’ll keep our own insurance if we wish, private insurance will remain private, costs will go down instead of up, and so many of our nation’s healthcare woes will come to an end. Those were the promises but the realities are quite different.
Well, let me be blunt: We told you so. You were warned. Political absolutists with absolute ideologies will stop at nothing to gain their way.