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

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b y Peter J. Smith and Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 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.

Gibbs also suggested that the CHA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' (LCWR) break with the U.S. Bishops has provided legitimate political cover for pro-life Democrats to switch their votes from "no" to "yes."

"I think over the past twenty four hours we have seen strong indications from those in the Catholic Church that support our belief that the legislation is about health care reform, and that it shouldn't and doesn't change the existing federal law [on abortion]. The Catholic Health Association and the order of nun's support is very important," Gibbs told reporters on the White House lawn for Thursday's press conference.

CHA president Sr. Carol Keehan and LCWR sparked an uproar this week after they came out definitively in favor of the Senate health care bill, which top pro-life organizations such as the National Right to Life Committee and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in addition to countless others, have strongly condemned as unacceptable for its abortion funding provisions. Since then, in their quest to woo the final pro-life Democrat holdouts among House lawmakers, party leaders have attempted to paint CHA's support for the bill as a bona fide endorsement from the Catholic community.

So far, the president's strategy appears to have paid off: some lawmakers have evidently already taken the two groups' endorsements as an excuse to switch their vote. 

Gibbs cited Congressman Dale Kildee's (D-MI) Wednesday press conference - in which he explained how CHA's endorsement had "affected his thinking" to get him to support the bill - as a sign that Democrats may be able to get more lawmakers on board in the same way.

Gibbs said that the president had been engaged on the issue, and a reporter asked if he had reached out personally to the groups.

"The President met earlier this week with Sr. Keehan of the CHA," said Gibbs, saying the meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room, but that he "did not get a detailed run-down of the pitch that [Obama] made."

"I do know that he was effusive about her support and her as a person for making the courageous statements that she has," he said.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), one of the pro-life Democrat holdouts against the bill, pointed out this week that, as a trade association, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has more at stake with the bill's passage than it may openly admit.

"I think the hospitals have a different perspective because they're running large institutions," Kaptur said. "They have a lot of issues at stake. They have to balance their budgets and so forth. I think that the Bishops are probably in a different position. I don't think that they're really managerially responsible for these institutions."

Unlike the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CHA is a for-profit entity, and analysts have pointed out that it would greatly benefit financially from the passage of the bill. CHA had already promised large sums of money to the Obama administration in July to help pass the legislation - before it was ever crafted.
Why do I have the feeling that this health care bill is like a giant hostile marshmallow on a hot, humid day and we have to wrestle with it at the edge of a cliff?
We are heading for schism in the US, and Obama is directing it. This guy is worse than Julian the Apostate.
tim
After the dust settles we will be in a far better position to fight. Get these apostates these libtards these nuns that have beards out of the church. Where they belong. They are already in schism. They can do far more damage inside then out.
It will hurt but we will be better for it
DK you seem very concerned about our country. Hats off to you for that and we can use all the help we can get. Feel free to come on over and help us fight, now is the decisive time of battle. We are truly at a major crossroads right now.
(03-19-2010, 03:43 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]After the dust settles we will be in a far better position to fight. Get these apostates these libtards these nuns that have beards out of the church. Where they belong. They are already in schism. They can do far more damage inside then out.
It will hurt but we will be better for it

I think Benedict XVI needs to clean out the church - even if it means only 10% of us are left.  Then we can get back to the business of rebuilding.  You are right DK - they cause more damage from within & should be told to get lost!
I wouldn't be surprised if he starts doing it fairly soon, which in turn will cause rioting in Italy and across Europe, so he will be forced to flee Rome and fulfill the prophecies of the saints. It is not a matter if, it is a matter of how soon.
Yes I'm very concerned about the states for 2 major reasons.
First. Most of my family lives in the states.
Second. I have solidarity with catholics in the states. My catholicism doesn't stop at whatever border that surounds me.
Hope this helps sime understand where I'm comming from
(03-19-2010, 04:22 PM)Atomagenesis Wrote: [ -> ]I wouldn't be surprised if he starts doing it fairly soon, which in turn will cause rioting in Italy and across Europe, so he will be forced to flee Rome and fulfill the prophecies of the saints. It is not a matter if, it is a matter of how soon.

I don't think most of the N-O Catholics care that much. There are a lot more ties between many of those families and secular or protestant groups than between them and the Church-proper...  After all, people tend to go where their blood-kin go and since most of the N-O Catholics are a remnant, their kin having left the Church completely, it won't be that dramatic for them to just head across the street to the in-law's denomination.

Not wishing such would happen, but just being realistic that riots are not likely.

On the other hand, the urban legends of vast Vatican wealth might attract predators to what might appear to be a weakened Vatican state. I'd be more concerned about some act of terrorism against the Vatican itself than general social upheaval.
(03-19-2010, 04:48 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: [ -> ]Yes I'm very concerned about the states for 2 major reasons.
First. Most of my family lives in the states.
Second. I have solidarity with catholics in the states. My catholicism doesn't stop at whatever border that surounds me.
Hope this helps sime understand where I'm comming from



Yes it does and Catholicism does not stop at the border. Any of your family in Cali?
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