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Monday, August 3, 2009

Catholic congressman: I'd rather save my soul than vote for the health care bill


A Catholic politician who is actually guided by his Catholic beliefs!
Are you listening Pelosi? Kennedy? Biden?

Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, (R-New Orleans), the first Vietnamese-American congressman and a Catholic, announced this past weekend that, because of the “stealth mandate” for abortion still present in the Health Care bill, he prefers to “save his soul” rather than vote in favor of it.

Cao, the only member of the Louisiana House delegation who had not weighed in on where he stands on the health reform bill, told the Times-Picayune on Saturday that he cannot support any bill that permits public money to be spent on abortion.

“At the end of the day if the health care reform bill does not have strong language prohibiting the use of federal funding for abortion, then the bill is really a no-go for me,” said Cao, who spent time in formation to be a Jesuit priest.

“Being a Jesuit, I very much adhere to the notion of social justice,” Cao said. “I do fully understand the need of providing everyone with access to health care, but to me personally, I cannot be privy to a law that will allow the potential of destroying thousands of innocent lives,” he explained to the Louisiana newspaper.

“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”

story here

From the catechism:

2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae," "by the very commission of the offense," and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.


Gan Ainm said...

So, if abortion funding WAS left out of the bill, he would vote for it because access to health care for all is mandated by the principles of social justice?

I have my doubts. Conveniently omitted from the post is the last pragraph of the article:

"Cao also told the Times-Picayune that he is still undecided about the merits of including a public option in any health reform redesign. He believes that it may ultimately lead to the destruction of the private insurance market and a "government takeover" of health insurance."

All the usual Republican pro-for profit insurance industry talking points, and a world away from Catholic teaching.

Christine said...

Actually, that was one of 3 paragraphs left out. I don't re-post entire articles. But I do agree with that last paragraph. A government takeover of healthcare would be disastrous for consumers, and a death knell for the insurance industry. I support capitalism, and I oppose socialism

Rob said...

This headline caught my eye, too, Gan.

It would almost seem as if my friend Gan were a memeber of the Communist party masquerading as a Catholic, but I'm sure that isn't so.

Gan is indeed a likable soul who is eminently polite and thoughtful.

He is also not, from what I can tell, in the least troubled by this hideous socialist health care bill that comes straight from hell.

What Gan is not willing to address is how a bill that will inevitably lead to our seniors being euthanized, in addition to Catholics being forced to pay for abortion, contraception and every other family planning abomination, is in keeping with what he calls "social justice."

Also, Gan doesn't seem the least bit interested in the fact that the Popes have consistently condemned socialism with perhaps the clearest expression of this being Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno, who said that "No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist."

Liberal Catholics don't seem to care that a government that has us trillions of dollars in debt and is wedded to the culture of death is about to take over one-sixth of our economy.

That being said, I wish Gan the very best.