“We Told You So”

Nancy Pelosi was famously quoted as saying that we need to pass “ObamaCare” so that we can understand what is in it. In his article, “We Told You So,”  coinciding with the official inaugural date for President Obama, Robert Tracinski winds back his fortune-telling clock to 2009 when he predicted three reasons for ObamaCare to fail in his latest edition of The Tracinski Letter. The three reasons are:

  1. Insurance without consideration of pre-existing conditions,
  2. No waiting period, and
  3. No bare-bones policies.

He doesn’t stop there. It further points out some of the consequences that would have been very foreseeable at the time if someone had a chance to read the legislation. He cites the impact of “RomneyCare in Massachusetts – the model for ObamaCare” as a foreshadowing of the future. Here’s the article. The devil is in the details.

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Post-Election Thoughts from a Catholic Lawyer

Stuart W. Nolan, Managing Attorney for Legal Works, shares his reflections after the November 6th presidential election. Following is an excerpt of his thoughts:

In the wake of such a profoundly disappointing election, I am reminded of God’s warning to the Israelites who insisted upon having a king:

“Therefore all the elders of Israel came . .. . and said to him, “. . . appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us. Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them. He prayed to the LORD, however, who said in answer: “Grant the people’s every request. It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king. As they have treated me constantly from the day I brought them up from Egypt to this day, deserting me and worshiping strange gods, so do they treat you too. Now grant their request; but at the same time, warn them solemnly and inform them of the rights of the king who will rule them. Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full to those who were asking him for a king. He told them: “. . . you yourselves will become his slaves. When this takes place, you will complain against the king whom you have chosen, but on that day the LORD will not answer you. The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said, “Not so! There must be a king over us.” (1 Samuel 8:4-19)

It occurs to me that, surely, not every single Israelite at the time must have desired a king other than the Lord. There may even have been a significant portion of those acquiescing to the calls for a king who simply did not hear or understand the consequences of that insistence.

Yesterday, a campaign prevailed which had been premised entirely on sexual libertinism, race-based and class-based grievance, and the willful manipulation of the uneducated or willfully ignorant. It is difficult to assess whether it is a good thing, or an even worse one, to discover that materialism does not, after all, trump all in American politics. With an overwhelming majority recognizing the poor economic condition of the country and the fact that the challenger was the only candidate with any plausible plan to generate material prosperity, a slight majority nonetheless rejected the challenger and insisted upon having their king — a king that celebrated the sexual libertinism of some, reaffirmed the primacy of racial and class conflict in the minds of others, and exploited the ignorance of others still.

That is some coalition that insists on becoming slaves of the state, slaves to their material or sexual desires, slaves of resentment of ancient grievances, slaves of envy, or even slaves of willful ignorance. One of the commentators last night made note of a telling statistic. Never before in American history has the percentage of the population been so high as it currently is with respect to (1) unmarried women, and (2) non-churgoers. Have we become so Godless a nation that we can no longer count on receiving protection from the consequences of our choices?

We must find comfort where we can, and so I offer this: the work of so many of those who did not prevail at the polls continues where it matters most. In prayer and personal holiness, in efforts to evangelize and catechize, in efforts to build a Culture of Life in which politics is merely one (and not even the most important) component, our focus remains on service to our true King.

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Obama’s Second Term: Importance of Socialist Women

“Let socialists espouse the emancipation of women and women will be foes of capitalism and devotees of socialism…And the ensuing numerous enrollment of women in the several Marxian parties proved the soundness of this new tactic.”[1]

Feminism developed in the early 1900s as part of the movement toward liberalism, a strongly individualistic philosophy that is hostile to all authoritative religion.  Individualism led to the degradation of the family because there were no levels of authority within the home.  While liberalism offered women social opportunity as individuals, it also encouraged them to seek fulfillment outside of the home.  Continue reading

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Bishop Conley Addresses the Health of a Post-Relativist University

“…I am inspired by your university’s motto ‘Veritas,’ signifying ‘truth’….”

Bishop James Conley found this motto to be the subject of his recent lecture at Harvard University where he spoke about Blessed John Henry Newman and the intellectual contradiction of a post-relativistic university.

He recognized that:

Along with his concern for religious truth, Newman was also occupied with related matters such as the formation of conscience and the intellectual life. He saw the university as an environment in which knowledge could be valued and pursued as a good in itself. Continue reading

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Cardinal George: “I expect to die in bed, my successor…in prison…his successor…a martyr”

“Many do not understand how grave are the current threats to religious liberty and the survival of Catholic institutions like hospitals and schools from the administration’s HHS mandate and other interferences with our consciences in our ministry to others. Chicago’s Cardinal George has made some startling statements about these threats.” – Fr. William Kurz, S.J. Continue reading

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Paul Ryan’s Bishop on “Subsidiarity, solidarity, and the lay mission”

Bishop’s Column
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 — 12:00 AM
This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop.

Dear friends,

It was no shock at all for me to learn that our diocesan native son, Paul Ryan, had been chosen to be a candidate for the Vice Presidency of the United States. I am proud of his accomplishments as a native son, and a brother in the faith, and my prayers go with him and especially with his family as they endure the unbelievable demands of a presidential campaign here in the United States. It is not for the bishop or priests to endorse particular candidates or political parties. Any efforts on the part of any bishop or priest to do so should be set aside. And you can be assured that no priest who promotes a partisan agenda is acting in union with me or with the Universal Church.

It is the role of bishops and priests to teach principles of our faith, such that those who seek elected offices, if they are Catholics, are to form their consciences according to these principles about particular policy issues.

However, the formation of conscience regarding particular policy issues is different depending on how fundamental to the ecology of human nature or the Catholic faith a particular issue is. Some of the most fundamental issues for the formation of a Catholic conscience are as follows: sacredness of human life from conception to natural death, marriage, religious freedom and freedom of conscience, and a right to private property.

Violations of the above involve intrinsic evil — that is, an evil which cannot be justified by any circumstances whatsoever. These evils are examples of direct pollution of the ecology of human nature and can be discerned as such by human reason alone. Thus, all people of good will who wish to follow human reason should deplore any and all violations in the above areas, without exception. The violations would be: abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, government-coerced secularism, and socialism.

Where intrinsic evil is not involved

In these most fundamental matters, a well-formed Catholic conscience, or the well-formed conscience of a person of good will, simply follows the conclusions demanded by the ecology of human nature and the reasoning process. A Catholic conscience can never take exception to the prohibition of actions which are intrinsically evil. Nor may a conscience well-formed by reason or the Catholic faith ever choose to vote for someone who clearly, consistently, persistently promotes that which is intrinsically evil.

However, a conscience well-formed according to reason or the Catholic faith, must also make choices where intrinsic evil is not involved. How best to care for the poor is probably the finest current example of this, though another would be how best to create jobs at a time when so many are suffering from the ravages of unemployment. In matters such as these, where intrinsic evil is not involved, the rational principles of solidarity and subsidiarity come into play. The principle of solidarity, simply stated, means that every human being on the face of the earth is my brother and my sister, my “neighbor” in the biblical sense. At the same time, the time-tested best way for assisting our neighbors throughout the world should follow the principle of subsidiarity. That means the problem at hand should be addressed at the lowest level possible — that is, the level closest to the people in need. That again, is simply the law of human reason.

We can disagree on application

As one looks at issues such as the two mentioned above and seeks to apply the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, Catholics and others of good will can arrive at different conclusions. These are conclusions about the best means to promote the preferential option for the poor, or the best means to reach a lower percentage of unemployment throughout our country. No one is contesting here anyone’s right to the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, etc. Nor is anyone contesting someone’s right to work and so provide for self and family. However there can be difference according to how best to follow the principles which the Church offers.

Making decisions as to the best political strategies, the best policy means, to achieve a goal, is the mission of lay people, not bishops or priests. As Pope Benedict himself has said, a just society and a just state is the achievement of politics, not the Church. And therefore Catholic laymen and women who are familiar with the principles dictated by human reason and the ecology of human nature, or non-Catholics who are also bound by these same principles, are in a position to arrive at differing conclusions as to what the best means are for the implementation of these principles — that is, “lay mission” for Catholics.

Thus, it is not up to me or any bishop or priest to approve of Congressman Ryan’s specific budget prescription to address the best means we spoke of. Where intrinsic evils are not involved, specific policy choices and political strategies are the province of Catholic lay mission. But, as I’ve said, Vice Presidential Candidate Ryan is aware of Catholic Social Teaching and is very careful to fashion and form his conclusions in accord with the principles mentioned above. Of that I have no doubt. (I mention this matter in obedience to Church Law regarding one’s right to a good reputation.)

Peace and reconciliation in coming months

I obviously didn’t choose the date for the announcement of Paul Ryan’s Vice Presidential Candidacy and as I express my pride in him and in what he has accomplished, I thought it best to move to discussion of the above matters sooner rather than later. No doubt it will be necessary to comment again on these principles in the days ahead for the sake of further clarification, and be assured that I will be eager to do so.

Above all, let us beg the Lord that divisions in our electorate will not be deepened so as to have a negative impact on pre-existing divisions within the Church during this electoral season. Let there be the peace and reconciliation that flow from charity on the part of all. Thank you for reading this. God Bless each one of you! Praised be Jesus Christ!

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Voting Priorities Count for Catholics

Watch this brief, dynamic video encouraging Catholics to vote, and to do so according to priorities! http://www.cc2w.org/

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