Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Hey, at least there is one Catholic Bishop who has the courage to state the obvious. From the Notables & Quotables Section of today's Wall Street Journal:

Iowa bishop R. Walker Nickless in a message issued by the Diocese of Sioux City:

[T]he Catholic Church does not teach that government should directly provide health care.

Unlike a prudential concern like national defense, for which government monopolization is objectively good—it both limits violence overall and prevents the obvious abuses to which private armies are susceptible—health care should not be subject to federal monopolization.

Preserving patient choice (through a flourishing private sector) is the only way to prevent a health care monopoly from denying care arbitrarily, as we learned from HMOs in the recent past. While a government monopoly would not be motivated by profit, it would be motivated by such bureaucratic standards as quotas and defined "best procedures," which are equally beyond the influence of most citizens. The proper role of the government is to regulate the private sector, in order to foster healthy competition and to curtail abuses. Therefore any legislation that undermines the viability of the private sector is suspect.

It is a relief to know that there are at least a small percentage of American bishops left who still understand that communisim is as contrary to Catholic social teaching as Darwinian style capitalism. Now if only someone would properly catechize wayward Obama-Catholics like Doug Kmie or all the Leftist clerics out there eulogizing that arch-communist Teddy Kennedy as a great promotor of social justice.


Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

. . . at least a small percentage of American bishops left . . . .

Sorry Cavey, but I only count one. :-(

Good for His Excellency, though.

11:31 AM  
Blogger itzik janowitz said...

Thank you so much for your post.
It was postede on The Catholic Caveman, who's site I would be lost without. The "Modern Priest Blogspot" in Massapequa NY has been shut down. I have not received answers to the site's poster (James Daltry), and he hasn't responded to me. I fear that on of the Modernists, had the ears of the local officials, or the NCPD, as they had said that "it is amazing what a visit by the NCPD can do" I have been waging a lone battle against all of those posters that love the new modernistic pastor that came in with a bulldozer, and removed most of the conservative traditions we had. They still have the one Latin mass , said by our previous Pastor
Robert Mason, and I and my family attend that for now, as long as the Latin mass is being said.
God bless you and Vir Speluncae Catholicus and crew for your postings and informative ways.
Yours in Jesus

11:50 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

As much as I'd like to take credit for thos posting, it's all Confetior!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Greta said...

There are more. Archbishop Chaput has spoken out several times. Here is one

I am searching for more. Might be a good idea to see if there is enough for a list as with Notre Dame. Doubt you will get close to 80 on this. More are speaking out on the abortion issue, but some are also speaking out on the economic issues involved with the public option.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Greta said...

sorry, second post. list already underway

11:54 PM  
Blogger Al said...

If I had my way, he would be on this side of the state & our Archbishop would be retired.

11:20 PM  

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