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RELIGION: Change in the Catholic Church

Letter by Christopher Staeheli, Tacoma on May 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm | 69 Comments »
May 30, 2012 2:08 pm

In June, the Affordable Care Act may be declared unconstitutional. Who then will provide for the health care of those who fall through the cracks of our health care system?

In the past, the Catholic nuns have taken on much of this burden. While Catholic bishops emphasize social judging and words used during liturgy, the nuns have been quietly doing works of social justice: providing pregnancy aid, food, clothing, housing, education and health care for those in need.

The Vatican report,” The Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women,” attacks the nuns’ activities as a “crisis,” a “scandal” and “grave” – terms the Vatican did not use for the widespread priest sexual abuse and embezzlement scandals.

According to the Vatican, the nuns are guilty of “sins” of omission: not making traditional family values their central foci and not being Eucharist-centered at meetings (code for no priest).

There is one “sin” of commission: supporting the Affordable Care Act. These brilliant women established hospitals and schools in this country without multimillion-dollar benefits, their deferred compensation coming in heaven. The nuns taught me that the Good Samaritan did not do a traditional moral values check before providing health care to the gentile.


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