Sr. Keehan! GIVE BACK THAT PEN!
It seems that Sr. Keehan’s Catholic Health Association, which in abandoning unity with the bishops gave cover to catholic dems so they could vote for Obamacare and get us now into the mess that has arisen, has done a little back-tracking.
This is from the site of the CHA with my emphases and comments.
Catholic Health World
February 15, 2012 Volume 28, Number 3 [Feb 15!]
Something has to be fixed
By SR. CAROL KEEHAN, DC
CHA president and chief executive officer
CHA and its members were profoundly disappointed to learn that the definition of a religious employer was not going to be broadened in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ rules for preventive services for women.
The impact of being told we do not fit the new definition of a religious employer and therefore cannot operate our ministries following our consciences has jolted us. [Well well well… isn’t that interesting. NOW something has to be fixed! When you lie down with dogs, Sister, you rise us with fleas… and that beautiful pen you received when you sold out the bishops.] The contributions of Catholic health care, education and social services to this country’s development are legion. [Aren’t they just sooo special? Interesting choice of words, “legion”.] They have responded to the needs of all, not just Catholics. They have been delivered by many who do not share our faith, but share our commitment.
From President Thomas Jefferson [Not the other two guys?] to President Barack Obama, we have been promised a respect for appropriate religious freedom. [Note the qualifier.] The first amendment to our Constitution affirms it. We are a pluralistic country, and it takes respectful dialogue to sort this out fairly. This decision was a missed opportunity.
CHA has expressed concern and disappointment about this on behalf of the ministry. [You mean after going all weak-kneed at the White House seeking you out as a weapon against the bishops? Those phone calls from the White House could make smart people a little stupid.] We have said the problem is not resolved, and we must have a national conversation on this. CHA is working closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, [Is that so?] Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and others to look at options to resolve this. We will be discussing it at the CHA board meeting on Feb. 8. [Note that the date of the release of this, at the top, is 15 February. What’s up with that? Or is that supposed to be 18 Feb?]
I assure you that we will use the time to pursue a correction during the one-year extension. We will give this issue priority and consult with members and experts as we evaluate options to deal with this. Any suggestions, comments or questions are welcome. [Start by giving back that PEN!] I promise to keep the membership informed as we move along in this effort. Please keep this important effort in your prayers as well.
I’ll bet that what happened here is that the BOARD of the CHA thinks Sr. Keehan is too far out in weeds. Sr. Keehan had her hand slapped by the board.
There is division in the CHA. Not everyone is with Sr. Keehan.
Don’t imagine that the people who have reined Keehan back are actually on the side of the bishops. It is more likely that people who run hospitals, and not hospital associations, are making calls and pointing out how how much trouble they are really in over this HSS mandate.
If you didn’t see it when I posted it before, here it is again.
From Richard III. Buckingham starts to learn what it means to support the wrong guy.
[ENTER, Sr. Keehan with members of the CHA. Barack walks in loggia saying his prayers.]
UPDATE: On the site of the National Catholic Register (that’s the good paper), you find this:
“If the CHA board hasn’t authorized this, if she has no mandate from the USCCB, and if there are no legally binding documents, she is operating without any legal, governance or regulatory basis. That is a hell of a situation for a Roman Catholic nun that heads the Catholic Health Association to be in.”