Friday, March 19, 2010

Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. Urges Calls to 3 Catholic Congressman

The following statement has been issued by the Bishop Murray of Youngstown. It follows a diocesan statement yesterday saying, “Recent statements by Sr. Carol Keehan of the Catholic Health Association, the NETWORK organization, and some members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious do not reflect the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes the current Senate Health Care Bill.”

Unfortunately, the perfidy of Sr. Carol, NETWORK and LCWR leadership has already done its work as Congressmen Boccieri and Wilson have already indicated they are switching their votes to yes. Rep. Wilson said today that he is "confident that the language in the Senate bill ensures that there will be no federal funding for abortions."

Here is the statement. The links are added for ease of contacting the Representatives. It’s still worth a try:

Statement of Bishop George V. Murry, S. J. on Health Care Reform Vote

“As longtime advocates of health care reform, the U.S. bishops have made the moral case that any reform must protect the life, consciences, dignity and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. I encourage Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown to continue contacting their congressional representatives to urge support for the bishops’ position (See usccb.org/healthcare). I regret, however, that the health care bill in its present form fails to meet the minimum moral criteria of protecting life and freedom of conscience of all citizens. I urge our three local Catholic congressmen, Representatives John Boccieri, Tim Ryan and Charlie Wilson to oppose this legislation in its current form due to its expansion of abortion funding. What we need is a just health care reform that protects the life, health, and dignity of all.”