San Francisco Archdiocesan Official Blasts Catholic Hospitals
Split with Bishops on Healthcare Bill Symptomatic
SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2010 --In a very candid letter in the today's Catholic San Francisco,  Public Policy and Social Concerns Director, Goerge Wesolek joined what is starting to be a chorus of Church officials acknowledging the split between Catholic Hospitals and ideologically oriented nuns that own them and the U.S. bishops over the expansion of abortion in the recently passed healthcare reform bill. The sisters actually claimed the bishops were lying about the abortion provisions that reversed longstand U.S. policy and have cleared the way for taxpayer funding of abortion.

White House Ruse Swaying Pro-life Dems
WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2010 -- Apparently pro-life Democrats are starting to buckle under pressure. In exchange, the President has committed to issue an executive order barring taxpayer funding of abortion. This is nothing but a public acknowledgment by the President that the flawed Senate-passed bill does indeed clear the way for taxpayer funded abortions. If they were sincere, they would allow the ban on taxpayer funding to be put into the law. The executive order is meaningless as it can be rescinded at any time. Obama has previously rescinded the Mexico City policy executive order that prevented taxpayer money to be spent abortions and coerced sterilizations.

Architect of Betrayal?:
WH Exposes Obama as Provocateur of Catholic Dissention

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters today that President Barack Obama actively promoted the Catholic Health Association's public break with the American Catholic bishops to support his health care legislation.

Action Alert

Healthcare Vote Looms
Strategy to Divide Catholics Raising Concerns

Bishops Outraged at Morally Flawed Statements by Catholic Organizations

Senate-passed bill
requires large scale
funding of abortions
at Community Health

WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 -- Catholic Health Association President, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, representing Catholic hospitals, has incited vocal opposition from bishops across the country in response to her letter to Congress requesting passage of the Senate-passed healthcare reform bill that includes taxpayer funding for abortion. The Catholic hospitals' outspoken support for this morally flawed bill is causing confusion among Catholics and may lead some to unwittingly ask their congressman to pass it when they would actually oppose it if they had the facts from the bishops and pro-life organizations. More importantly, the confusion is making it more difficult for pro-life Democrats to resist the pressure they are getting from the President and the Democratic leadership in the House.

Catholic Healthcare Association Breaks with Bishops
Supports Healthcare Bill with Abortion Funding

WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2010 -- This Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA) broke ranks with the US Bishops throwing their support behind the Senate-passed health care bill that clears the way for taxpayer funding of abortion. This hurts chances for defeating the bill and could provide cover for congressmen on the fence to give into pressure they are receiving from the President and Democratic leadership in the House.

Slaughter House Surprise:
Simply 'Deem' Health Bill Passed after Voting on Fix Bill

WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2010 -- Democrats struggling to find enough votes to pass the Senate bill in the House of Representatives could bypass the problem by simply "deeming" the health bill passed after voting for a separate compromise measure, rather than actually voting on it, according to House Rules Committee chair Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, Episcopal Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good

Manhattan Declaration: Turning Point in History
New Ecumenical Moment

In his Lenten message for this year, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the theme of justice. He reminds us that there can be no true justice without God, that is, without human beings recognizing their need for God and that only God can give us what we ultimately need.

Walk for Life West Coast 2010

More than 40,000 take a Walk for Life on the West Coast
Saturday January 23rd, 2010 was the date of the sixth annual West Coast Walk for Life, officially known as “Walk for Life WC”. This year’s event drew by far, the largest crowd in history of the event and estimates pegged the total number at just over 40,000 participants. The City of St Francis was alive with Pro-Life spirit and it took the shape of every age, race, gender and socio-economic status imaginable—including a blind walker led along the 2-plus mile route by two companions, and several individuals walking with canes and a limp. As one participant with a cane told me, “Yes it’s painful, but worth it! We’re speaking for those who never got a chance to speak, let alone walk!” But that’s not all…

Free Will, Conscience and Moral Choice
In a recent interview with Eleanor Clift in Newsweek magazine (Dec. 21), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about her disagreements with the United States Catholic bishops concerning Church teaching. Speaker Pelosi replied, in part: “I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have the opportunity to exercise their free will.”

U.S. Bishops-- Senate Health Bill Unacceptable
Essential Changes Needed Before Moving Forward
WASHINGTON, DC, Decermber 22, 2009 —The current health care reform bill is “deficient” and should not move forward without “essential changes,” the chairmen of three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said December 22.

New Abortion Amendment Still Unacceptable
Senate Still Expanding Fed Role in Abortion

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2009 --The Senate health reform bill should not move forward in its current form, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City said December 19, as senators proceeded closer to a vote. Cardinal DiNardo chairs the bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities. Bishop Murphy chairs the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop Wester chairs the bishops’ Committee on Migration.

USCCB Deep Healthcare Bill Concerns
Bishops Praise Reps for Pro-Life Vote
Not Supporting Any Specific Legislation

WASHINTON, DC, November 10, 2009 -- While the US bishops expressed appreciation to the Representatives that supported the Stupak Amendment blocking federal funding of abortions in the House-passed healthcare bill, they expressed deep concern with other aspects of the legislation. US Catholic Conference of Bishops strongly supports reform that provides affordable universal access to healthcare, however, contrary to some news reports, they are not supporting any specific legislation.

Is Late-Term Abortion Ever Necessary?

In the aftermath of the killing of George Tiller, the Kansas abortionist, on May 31, 2009, we have heard praises of his compassion and courage in performing late-term abortions. According to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, "Dr. Tiller was one of few doctors with the expertise necessary to provide safe, professional abortions under the most difficult of circumstances: when a woman who had wanted children was told late in her pregnancy that a severe fetal anomaly had developed or that continuing the pregnancy threatened her own life."

Walter Hoye is supported by Catholics for the Common Good (CCG) Pro-life activist

Walter Hoye Jailed -- No Mercy
Judge Exceeded Authority

OAKLAND, CA, Mar 20, 2009 -- This afternoon, appearing slight and gaunt from his 40-Days-for-Life fasting, Rev. Walter Hoye was calmly led from the Alameda County courtroom to begin a thirty day jail sentence. The judge denied the defense's motion to stay the sentence pending appeal and remanded Walter into custody. Even people convicted of serious felonies facing long prison sentences are routinely granted bail or released on their own recognizance pending appeal. This case involved a simple misdemeanor -- an unjust conviction with no victim or evidence. (How to write Walter Hoye in jail )

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Rev. Hoye Re-sentencing for Unjust Conviction
Courageously Refused Probation Conditions in Feb.

OAKLAND, CA, Mar 18, 2009 -- Rev. Walter Hoye will be re-sentenced before Alameda County Judge Stuart Hing on March 20 after he defiantly refused to accept the conditions of probation proposed by the judge at his first sentencing hearing on February 19. Hoye faces up to two years in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

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