US Some U.S. bishops are so obsessed with abortion they're letting parishioners die of Covid
Texas independent clinics fight to survive under restrictive abortion law
Independent clinics are vulnerable to abortion restrictions because they lack visibility, institutional support or financial resources to comply with new regulations."It's like we’re frozen in time," said Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health and Whole Woman's Health Alliance. "My staff has to say no all the time, which is psychologically and emotionally difficult because they are trained to see everybody, but under this law, they have to serve as agents of the state and deny people care.
When theconvened in Baltimore this week, abortion was on the agenda. After a fractious meeting in June, it looked like the bishops might try to — including President Joe Biden — from receiving communion. It was a terrible move that looked as partisan as it was.
On Wednesday,. But the months of speculation over the possibility made clear what is important to the bishops and what will always be their primary issue, no matter what this document states: abortion.
If you want proof of that, you have only to consider what the bishops did not get around to discussing, which is the real scandal dogging the U.S. church: When it comes to lifesaving Covid vaccines, some so-called pro-life U.S. prelates are not loudly endorsing their use.
More turn to abortion pills by mail, with legality uncertain
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Before her daughter’s birth, she spent weeks in bed. Another difficult pregnancy would be worse as she tried to care for her toddler. Faced with that possibility, the 28-year-old Texas woman did what a growing number of people have considered: She had a friend in another state mail her the pills she needed to end her pregnancy. She took the pills, went to bed early and describes the experience as “calm” and “peaceful.” “IfFaced with that possibility, the 28-year-old Texas woman did what a growing number of people have considered: She had a friend in another state mail her the pills she needed to end her pregnancy. She took the pills, went to bed early and describes the experience as “calm” and “peaceful.
The muddled messaging from U.S. church authorities creates confusion and has given license to Catholics to refuse to get the shots, increasing the likelihood of illness, death and Covid spread. From June through September, vaccines could have saved anlives in the U.S.
Policies vary from diocese to diocese and prelate to prelate. In New York City,said there is no Catholic exemption to getting the shots, while of Chicago went so far as to mandate that all clergy and archdiocese employees get vaccinated. was so worried that Hispanic farmworkers in his flock might be wary of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that he visited a farmworkers center and got the shot.
Protesters Gather Outside of Catholic Leaders Debate on Controversial Communion Guidelines
Catholic leaders in the U.S. have said they do not plan to provide a national policy regarding which politicians can or cannot receive Communion.The proposed document has generated debate within the Catholic community over the last several months and drew protesters to the conference in Baltimore, Maryland, this week.
Butdisagreed — and offered a link to a of a letter for Catholics seeking exemption from any vaccination mandate. told troops that even though the church says the Covid vaccines are morally permissible, “no one should be forced to receive a Covid-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience.”
Once again, it is the bishops’ obsession with abortion that distorts their thinking. Scientists created these lifesaving drugs by relying in various ways onfrom fetuses aborted decades ago, and that remote connection to abortion has been used to justify their questioning the morality of getting the shots.
In March, the conference of bishops issued a statement expressing qualms aboutapproved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer and Moderna shots “raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them,” the bishops stated. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine raised “additional moral concerns” because the vaccine was “tested, developed and … produced with abortion-derived cell lines.”
Bishops debate denying Communion to Biden, other pro-abortion rights politicians
The U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday is expected to vote on denying Communion to pro-abortion rights politicians, like President Joe Biden. The vote is the culmination of year-long debate between America’s largely conservative bishops and the Vatican about whether punitive measures should be taken against public officials who contradict the church’s teaching on abortion.
In the statement, Catholics were advised that if they had the choice of vaccines, they should opt for Pfizer’s or Moderna’s. But two dioceses were even more critical. The Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota,that they should not get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and that health workers should not distribute it because it was “morally compromised.” The Archdiocese of New Orleans to avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the same reason.
This tone dramatically diverged from what Pope Francis has preached. The Vaticanthe abortion ties to the vaccine, but Francis has urged Catholics to get any of the approved vaccines. He has called “an act of love.” He stressed: “Getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.”
Of course, it is not unusual for U.S. bishops to publicly disagree with their putative boss. Francis was not pleased during the months of controversy about denying communion to Biden and other pro-choice politicians. “I havethe Eucharist to anyone,” he told reporters in September, adding that the bishops should be pastors, not politicians.
Texas abortion ban stays in force as justices mull outcome
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two weeks have passed since the Supreme Court's extraordinarily rushed arguments over Texas' unique abortion law without any word from the justices. They raised expectations of quick action by putting the case on a rarely used fast track. And yet, to date, the court's silence means that women cannot get an abortion in Texas, the second-largest state, after about six weeks of pregnancy. That's before some women knowThey raised expectations of quick action by putting the case on a rarely used fast track. And yet, to date, the court's silence means that women cannot get an abortion in Texas, the second-largest state, after about six weeks of pregnancy.
So it is possible that this dispute over vaccines is another example of the rift between conservative bishops and the pope. But much more is at stake than the political lives of Catholic politicians: the actual lives and health of members of the American faith community and everyone they come into contact with.
The morality of routinely administered vaccines whose existence has depended on the cells derived from decades-old aborted fetuses used to be something thatbut did not reach Catholics in the pews.
You do not see Catholic parentsvaccinations to prevent measles and chickenpox. Or hear bishops telling the faithful Tylenol, Sudafed, Benadryl and countless prescription drugs whose existence is remotely linked to aborted fetal cells could be morally wrong.
But even though Covid deaths nowoccur among the unvaccinated, bishops in places like South Dakota that Catholics should be permitted to refuse vaccinations.
“We have the right to freely follow our conscience. We must not be forced to act contrary to our conscience, i.e., to be compelled to do something we believe to be wrong,” they wrote in August.
But since when have U.S. Catholic bishops respected the conscience rights of Catholics? It certainly doesn't come up when the bishops are doing all they can to criminalize abortion. They do not trust Catholic women to make moral decisions about terminating pregnancies based on their consciences and family circumstances or even the dangers to their own health or lives.
Bishops OK Communion document, avoid direct rebuff to Biden
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a long-anticipated document on Communion on Wednesday that stops short of calling for withholding the sacrament from politicians such as President Joe Biden who support abortion rights but offers plenty of tacit justification for individual bishops to do so. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' first major statement on Communion in 15 years, “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church,” does not explicitly address the debate over elected officials, abortion and the sacrament that has surrounded the document over the past several months and partly inspired its creation in the first place
And what about LGBTQ Catholics, who believe that their love for their partners is not sinful but holy and enriching? Somehow,or despite their deep faith. They certainly are not allowed to exempt themselves because they believe what the pope says is wrong.
A Catholic woman who has a deeply felt call to serve in the priesthood is not given any understanding. Her conscience does not matter.are automatically excommunicated.
Perhaps the members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops should search their own consciences and weigh whether their tolerance of their brother prelates as they give cover to those who refuse vaccinations is prolonging a pandemic. As Covid deaths continue, and as manyof cases this winter, the failure of the U.S. church to strongly endorse vaccinations without equivocation may be the gravest sin of all.
In U.S. Supreme Court case, the past could be the future on abortion .
In U.S. Supreme Court case, the past could be the future on abortionOXFORD, Miss. (Reuters) - Just months before she was set to start law school in the summer of 1973, Barbara Phillips was shocked to learn she was pregnant.