Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Planned Parenthood thanks Liberal Nuns

I wonder how much longer will Archbishop Wuerl will remain silent.

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2010 / 07:28 am (CNA).- Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has praised the Catholic religious sisters who endorsed the Senate health care bill, claiming they deserve gratitude for making “a critical demonstration of support” for a bill that significantly increased coverage of “reproductive health care.”

Writing for the Huffington Post Wednesday in her capacity as president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Richards claimed that it was Catholic nuns who “most importantly broke with the bishops and the Vatican to announce their support for health care reform.”

To read more, go here.

To read some good between the lines commentary go here.

H/T to the Curt Jester.


Anonymous said...

First, just because Planned Parenthood thanks NETWORK for their work does not imply that NETWORK asked for the thanks or is in a relationship with Planned Parenthood.

Second, it is my understanding that in its 40 year history, NETWORK has only publicly broken with the bishops one other time which was when they endorsed the ERA in the 1970's when the bishops chose to be "neutral." This hardly implies they are some rogue and defiant group. There is legitimate room in the Church for people to publicly disagree with the U.S. Catholic Bishops (who by their nature don't have much real authority) over matters of public policy without those persons' communion with the Church being called into question.

Sister Marie said...

You are absolutely correct in your first point that NETWORK didn't ask for the thanks from Planned Parenthood. However, when you align yourself with the views of someone else in a public way, you become connected with them. When you purposefully distance yourself from the views of someone else in a public way you break a connection you had with them.

NETWORK chose to align themselves with organizations like Planned Parenthood and distance themselves from the Bishops. Bishops, by their nature, do absolutely have the authority as the shepherds of their people. The salvation of the souls of the people they serve is their primary concern and sometimes that concern flows into the sphere of public policy. Look at Pope John Paul II and communism and tell me again that bishops have no authority over matters of public policy.

The bishops are responsible for our souls. I would never want to be in their position but I am grateful that Christ has given each of them to me as a way to follow Him. NETWORK can say what they want, but this woman religious will not be represented by them.