Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A recent letter to the editor mixed apples and oranges, to come up with bananas.

While taking exception to those who oppose the Affordable Health Care Act (Not the Time to Argue Ideology, 7/24/12), Ken Vegotsky maintained that "The National Council of Catholic Bishops has condemned the Paul Ryan, R-Wis., budget for its cuts to the poor and schools." 

I assume that Mr. Vegotsky is referring to letters to the House of Representatives from Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  As per a May 8th letter, Bishop Blaire indeed stated that "deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility efforts must protect and not undermine the needs of poor and vulnerable people. The proposed cuts to programs in the budget reconciliation fail this basic moral test.

Would Mr. Vegotsky somehow have us believe that Bishop Blaire's criticism of the Ryan budget signals that the USCCB no longer has a problem with the assaults on human life and the lack of conscience protections in the Affordable Health Care Act?  That would be an absolutely absurd argument. 

It is clear that the USCCB is steadfastly opposed to the assaults on human life and the lack of conscience protections in the Affordable Health Care Act.

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