Bishop Vasa: The "Positively Evil" Health Care Bill
By John Quinn
Pewsitter.com Pewsitter - Letter from Bishop Vasa
March 27, 2010 - In an address to his Baker Diocesan Newspaper, Bishop Robert Vasa explains why one cannot support the Health Care Bill, which funds abortion, even if one believes enormous good benefits would result.
It appears the Bishop is indirectly answering the position of Sr. Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, that even with the abortion issue the good outweighs the bad.
The Bishop writes that not only is such a position “a serious understatement,” but also a “serious error.”
“If they were further to claim that the plan has so many other good features that an insistence on the elimination of abortion provisions is really a demand for an unrealistic “perfection” then they are in serious error.”
To clarify his point he uses the example of the importance of fidelity in marriage.
“No one would claim that a fiancee’s insistence on fidelity … is an enemy of an otherwise “good” relationship. Absurd! No one would counsel a fiancee to ignore the present infidelities … on the grounds that he or she is really a good, well-intentioned person. No, the infidelity destroys the possibility of an authentic relationship.”
No matter which side of the fence you are on for authentic health care reform, as a Catholic “the provision of abortion funding or abortion expansion destroys the very heart of health care.” Which means that one in good conscience cannot support the Health Care Bill. How can true social justice include Satan’s number one attack on our society today, consisting of murdering innocent little babies?
Sometimes when writing about such controversial topics one might water down what is true, but Bishop Vasa is very clear when he says, “a plan that includes funds for the direct and intentional killing of innocent human beings is much more than imperfect, it is nothing short of positively evil.”
Although the Bishop did not mention Mr. Bart Stupak by name he does refer to his misconceived thought process. “I do not at all believe it is legitimate to conditionally support such a plan even if there is a “promise” that the objections to abortion will be worked out once the plan is approved.”
Bishop Vasa concludes by saying , “besides involving the federal government in the business of killing pre-born children, such a policy would coerce men and women to pay for a procedure they find absolutely abhorrent.”