Monday, April 19, 2010

Bishop Brandt Pulls Support From Obamacare-Supporting Sisters

There are people inside the Church who are perfectly willing to sacrifice the unborn in the name of "social justice," and some of our bishops are responding.

Earlier this month Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island withdrew the Catholic hospital in his diocese from the rotten Catholic Healthcare Association.

Today LifeSiteNews reports:

"The Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, Pennsylvania opposed the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by supporting the Health Care Reform Bill. Now Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg has withdrawn his diocese's support for their community by prohibiting the use of any diocesan media or parishes in their recruitment efforts....

The Sisters of St. Joseph had signed a letter written by NETWORK, a Catholic 'social justice' lobbying group, which urged members of Congress "to cast a life affirming 'yes' vote" to the Senate Health Care Reform Bill. The USCCB as well as countless pro-life organizations had opposed the bill as seriously flawed and as opening the floodgates to federal funding of abortion.

Afterwards, the Sisters of St. Joseph requested promotional support from Greensburg parishes for a vocations awareness program called 'Explore,' which was meant to show teenage girls what it was like to be a sister. They were refused because of their signing of the letter.

Diocesan spokesman Jerry Zufelt pointed out that " environment of dissent and public opposition to the positions of the U.S. Catholic bishops does not provide an appropriate seedbed for vocations."

Absolutely right. Why would the Church want to help such a group grow?

Msgr. Lawrence T. Persico, the Greensburg diocese's vicar general, wrote a letter on April 8 to diocesan priests stating that no diocesan office, the diocesan newspaper, or any parish or event would "would promote a vocation awareness program of any religious community that has taken a stance against the United States bishops by being a signatory of the Network document."

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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