- Boycott the Knights of Columbus
- A wedding sermon.
- An open letter to my parish community.
- Why was a college student in the car of drunken Archbishop-elect Cordileone at 12:26 AM, when Cordileone was arrested for a DUI?
- When the Church married Same-Sex couples.
- How It All began
- The Supreme Court’s Decisions and the New Mason-Dixon Line
- What the Vatican & American bishops DO NOT want you (and Politicians) to know.
- The Morality of Sex, gay & straight.
- San Francisco in archbishop Cordileone’s sight
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sisters 1, bishops 0
Bishop Lawrence Brandt has suppressed any vocation recruitment efforts by the sisters in his diocese, because the good sisters had the “presumption” to actually speak out as citizens on a piece of civil legislation. In effect, they had a different political opinion than His Excellency Lawrence Brandt.
If you want to understand why the sisters spoke out on behalf of Health Care Reform legislation you need to understand that the sisters operate Catholic Health Care, a vast network of hospitals. Unlike most bishops who live in immaculately manicured Episcopal Residences and work in equally impressive office complexes. The sisters actually work in hospitals. Unlike bishops, the sisters are not served by doting staffs and surrounded by cadres of sycophants. The sisters actually serve the sick and the poor. They teach children, they don’t cover-up sex abuse violations of children.
Get into your car and take a short drive to your nearest hospital. Walk into the Emergency Room, sit down and spend a few hours there. You will usually find the ER waiting room is full. People with wounds of varying severity. Something else you’ll notice is parents with children. These people are dressed in humble attire and often have to wait many hours before they, or their children are taken care of by the staff. They are there because they are poor and uninsured. They have no where else to turn.
When I worked at a Catholic hospital, patients who were being wheeled in were asked: Do you have health care insurance? If the answer was no, the patient was given necessary immediate care and promptly shipped off to County Hospital. Catholic hospitals are permitted only a specified number of “pro-bono” patients per year. The nursing staff referred to County as “the butcher shop.” One nurse told me, if you graduated bottom of your class in Medical School, you work at County.
The sisters know all of this. They know it first hand. The bishops know that most women will not go through the pains of childbirth to save $400.00 for an abortion. They know that the legislation in question did not authorize federal payments for abortions. The bishops almost succeeded in sacrificing laws which protect the poor. What stood in their way were the sisters. The sisters were a voice for the poor, the marginalized while the bishops were busy being choir boys for the Republican Party and for an insurance industry that racked up multi-billion dollars worth of profits.
The bishops lost this one. The fact that the sisters stood up for the poor and did not bow down to the bishops is too much for them to stomach. I suspect that the sisters will do well with recruitment. People will be inspired by their charity and want to imitate it. Sadly, the bishops will also do well recruiting new bishops, there have always been those who have seen “much profit” in religion.