Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal George’

Insight from Francis Cardinal George

Monday, August 6th, 2012

While I was vacationing with my family, Cardinal George released this excellent blog post reflecting on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s statement about Chicago values. In case you haven’t seen it, here is an excerpt:

Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the “values” that must be held by citizens of Chicago. I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a “Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities” and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it? I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, “un-Chicagoan.”

The value in question is espousal of “gender-free marriage.” Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry; and espousing the understanding of marriage that has prevailed among all peoples throughout human history is now, supposedly, outside the American consensus. Are Americans so exceptional that we are free to define “marriage” (or other institutions we did not invent) at will? What are we re-defining?

You can read the whole statement here.

Keeping Health Care Universal, Part 2

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

On Monday I posted some thoughts on the health care reform bill being considered by Congress, and the need to make certain that reform is truly universal by not eliminating the protection of the unborn currently found in the Hyde Amendment.

There are a few other pieces that I’d like to bring to your attention.

Cardinal Francis George, the President of the United States Catholic Conference, released an excellent statement, The Cost is too High; the Loss is too Great. Please take the time to read the full statement; I know it’s been linked to elsewhere on the site, but it is so powerful I wanted to bring it to your attention again.  Cardinal George concludes his insightful analysis this way:

Two basic principles, therefore, continue to shape the concerns of the Catholic bishops: health care means taking care of the health needs of all, across the human life span; and the expansion of health care should not involve the expansion of abortion funding and of polices forcing everyone to pay for abortions. Because these principles have not been respected, despite the good that the bill under consideration intends or might achieve, the Catholic bishops regretfully hold that it must be opposed unless and until these serious moral problems are addressed.

Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the USCCB Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee, and Bishop John Wester, Chairman of the USCCB Migration Committee, published a piece in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, headlined Health Care for Life and for All. They write:

For decades, the United States Catholic bishops have actively supported universal health care. The Catholic Church teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential for human life and dignity. Our community of faith provides health care to millions, purchases health care for tens of thousands and addresses the failings of our health care system in our parishes, emergency rooms and shelters. This is why we as bishops continue to insist that health care reform which truly protects the life, dignity, consciences and health of all is a moral imperative and urgent national priority….

… The House Democratic leadership is ignoring the pleas of pro-life and Hispanic members of their caucus. Apparently they will not even try to address the serious problems on abortion funding, conscience protection and fair treatment of immigrants. On the other hand, Republicans pledge to do all they can to defeat the legislation by threatening to object to any improvements in the Senate bill, further complicating the process. The White House, admirably concerned for the many millions without insurance and for those who cannot purchase it, seems willing to accept even a bill which leaves immigrants worse off and undermines the President’s pledge to retain existing protections on abortion funding and freedom of conscience.

Finally, yesterday saw another good piece in the same On Faith blog, this time by Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the USCCB’s media relations director, called Why is Senate Hiding from Hyde? Sister Mary Ann gets right to the heart of the matter.

Why would any member of Congress want to use health care reform to promote elective abortion? And why has the Senate designed a system that lets insurance companies force people to pay for abortion services they do not want and find morally repulsive – and gives federal subsidies to those companies to help them do it?

All this and more information on this very crucial matter can be found at the USCCB website.

Important Statements on Health Care Reform

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I would like to draw your attention to what I believe are powerful recent statements on the debate over health care reform legislation, in case you may have missed them.

Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles wrote an op-ed article published in the New York Times that focuses on “the lack of adequate health care for immigrants who live in our midst but who do not yet have legal standing.”  The full text is here.

Also, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a combined statement on the Senate Vote to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment.  The statement was from the President of the Conference, Cardinal Francis George, and three committee chairmen: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (Pro-Life Activities), Bishop William Murphy (Domestic Justice and Human Development), and Bishop John Wester (Migration).  Their statements are on the USCCB website, and can be found here.

A Conversation with Cardinal George

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

On my radio show this week I have a very interesting conversation with His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, about his new book The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture.  As always, I found Cardinal George to be remarkably insightful and engaging.

Paulist Father Dave Dwyer, who normally serves as the host of The Busted Halo Show, is the guest host this week, filling in for Rob Astorino.

You can listen to A Conversation with the Archbishop on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with replays throughout the weekend.  You can find a full schedule and information about all of our wonderful programming here.