A piece by Terry Jeffrey was posted in today's online edition of Townhall.com. It is entitled, "A Vote to Fund Obamacare Will Fund Deliberate Destruction of Life". He's right. There's no getting around it. He is focused on the bill that Congress must vote upon to fund the US government past September 30th. That funding measure will contain funding for Obamacare and all its immoral ramifications.
I'll quote a succinct sentence of his: "If the bill permits funding for implementation of Obamacare and a member votes for it, that member will be voting to allow the administration to send tax dollars to health care providers who perform abortions." While I'm not a moral theologian by any stretch, I cannot see how such a vote would not constitute formal and material cooperation with grave moral evil. Therefore I cannot see how any faithful Catholic can support Obamacare. To my progressive/liberal readers: don't even try to invoke the Principle of Double Effect; the funneling of tax dollars to fund the murders of countless babies far outweighs any benefit that might come from Obamacare - and such benefits probably don't exist anyway.
No faithful Catholic in Congress can vote for any funding resolution as it currently stands. No other decent Catholic can support it. That means you, Your Eminences and Your Excellencies!
Yes, let's focus on the pathetic stance taken by the US bishops so far. And truly it has been pathetic, wimpy and downright wimpy. All we've heard from them is pleas to be exempted from the HHS contraception mandate (as if the rights of other decent people don't matter). Nowhere have I read that the bishops were calling for the defunding of the Obamacare monstrosity. The tweaks for the bill they did propose amount to putting lipstick on a rattlesnake.
The bishops and priests of this nation have a solemn duty to demand that Obamacare be defunded. If the progressives rattle the saber of "shutting down the government", let that be on their heads. It's way past time that our shepherds found the clarity and courage to cry out "NO!" to the grave moral evil that is called Obamacare.