Monday, March 28, 2011

In The Push To Defund Planned Parenthood, Where Are Our Bishops??

Not only from this blog, but from many other pro-life and conservative sources have you heard the clarion call to lobby Congress for Planned Parenthood's defunding.  However, quite deafening has been the silence of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Judie Brown of American Life League explores this oddity (well, maybe not so odd, coming from the USCCB).  Among other things, she points out the occurence of this struggle with the concurrent announcement from the New York bishops that they will be disobeying Canon 915 with respect to their local politicians.

I also suggest you read this piece by William Mayer.  He illustrates the dependence of Catholic Charities upon Federal dollars.  67% of their budget comes from the Federal government.  I too was struck by that as I examined Catholic Charities tax returns on Guidestar.  He suggests that they are being blackmailed into silence; actually, I think "bribed" might be more accurate than "blackmailed", but it's the same idea.  I also think the same could be true for many of the state Catholic conferences.  Why else this abysmal silence on the part of the shepherds who should be leading the charge?

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