Archbp Nienstedt to MN Reps

I found this on the blog of the USCCB. There are other good contributions there too.

Here’s an email message from earlier this week from Archbishop Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis to the Minnesota Congressional delegation:

March 15, 2010
E-Mail Message
Dear Senator or Representative,

I write to urge you, as a member of Senate or House, to commit yourself to enacting genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity, consciences, and health of all.

While I am grateful that the House health care bill, by way of the Stupak amendment, applies the existing prohibitions on federal funding for abortion, I am deeply concerned about the current Senate health care bill. This legislation fails to keep in place the current law. It requires taxpayers and the federal government to fund and facilitate plans which include elective abortion and then requires people in those plans to pay directly into a fund which only pays for abortions. This is unacceptable.

I thank you for your leadership to the state of Minnesota, and hope that you will continue to represent Minnesotans faithfully. No legislation should be finalized until and unless basic moral criteria are met. The only way we will get needed health care reform legislation that protects the life, dignity, conscience and health of all is if you continue to provide strong and consistent moral and political leadership. I hope that we as Minnesotans can count on your help in this urgent task.

Please know of my prayers for you and your families as you face these decisions that will impact us all.

With every good wish, I remain,
Cordially yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and

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  1. Frank_Bearer says:

    Stupak pays for abortions with Federal funds in cases of rape, incest, and the nebulous “health of the mother”. I am curious how the Abp. can square that with Catholic teaching. How unfortunate.

  2. Childermass says:

    Father, check out Nancy Pelosi praying to St. Joseph to pass the health care legislation.

    Oddly, she announced that today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker!

    She also invoked the Sister Pantsuit letter to Congress–of course.

  3. wanda says:

    Horror of horrors, Sr. Keenan visits Obama at the White House. See Catholic Vote Action Web-Site. Our President has used these groups to say ‘See? Catholics are all for this Bill!’ May God have pity on her and on us all.

  4. PostCatholic says:

    Someone should start a blog called “What does the law really say?” Oh wait, someone did–the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn. But has yet to take on Bishops v. Nuns, Catholic Hospitals, Catholic Doctors, etc… let’s hope they do.

    NPR had a nice segment the other day.

  5. Geoffrey says:

    That Pelosi video was beyond ridiculous. Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker is on 1 May. Do I detect a bit of socialism in her remarks? Oh, and of course Saint Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, would pray for something that is opposed to the Culture of Life.

  6. einkleinerknabe says:

    My pro-life Minnesota Catholic Representative has said he’s going to vote for the bill. Shortly following his announcement, TV ads praising him (including for his work to build highways) were aired — paid for by Catholics United.

  7. PostCatholic says:

    I imagine most of America views “Bishops v Nuns” as they might view a slapfight between conjoined twins: fun to guess at the victor; an amusing diversion that exaggerates the rest of society a bit; something that when its over is going to leave both sides sorry, but more fun to watch if it gets a bit vicious at times… But essentially a circus sideshow that has little consequence to show under the big top tent.

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