Fifty-nine Thousand Nuns is a powerful set of women to deal with and the male-dominant Catholic Church has been having trouble lately reining in these outspoken women. Once again the women are at odds with the male church.
The news from Catholic Online says,
Fifty-nine Thousand Nuns Oppose the Bishops on Health Care
WASHINGTON, DC (Inside Catholic) – “Don´t mess with the nuns!” is a comment I´ve heard over the years from cradle Catholics who were taught by them. The question now arises whether the undecided Catholic members of the House will be influenced by the 60 nuns, each a leader of their religious order – who signed a letter to members of Congress urging passage of the Senate health care bill now before the House.
These 60 leaders claim to represent 59,000 nuns, and they make it perfectly clear they support the embattled president of the Catholic Health Association, Sr. Carol Keehan, who announced her support of the bill a few days ago.
The letter calls the Senate bill “imperfect” but simultaneously claims it is “the REAL pro-life stance, and we as Catholics are all for it.” The sisters call the bill “pro-life” in spite of the fact that thousands of the unborn will be aborted with the 7 billion dollars of federal money being given to community health centers, if the bill becomes law.
What the sisters extol is medical coverage for the uninsured; the end to denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions; support of pregnant women; as well as investment in preventative care and “community health centers that largely serve poor women and children.” These are the same health centers that the bishops insist will spend federal money on abortion.
These 60 sisters not only reject the bishops´ concerns about the Senate bill but also call them “false claims . . . the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions.”
False claim about abortions. My, my, how often I have heard this ‘abortion’ claim in the past year. FoxNews and the right-wing talking heads along with that bonehead Michigan representative Bart Stupak have waved the abortion card before the American citizens for months now, only to have Catholic nuns smack their knuckles with the ruler of truth.
Way to go, Sisters!