To the editor:
Regarding the column "Attitudes questioned" by Father Richard McBrien, respectfully, I believe the "attitude" is not regarding disagreement on the premise that health care is a right rather than a privilege, but that the proposed legislation is a threat to health care for all.
A great deal has happened since the last issue of the Catholic Courier. Letters of July and October 8 from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the representatives in Washington have not resulted in any substantive response.
It is obvious that pleas from the Catholic Church will continue to fall on deaf ears. The October letter threatened to vehemently oppose all further health-care bills that do not respect the right to life. This threat needs to be actively pursued.
We, as Catholics, cannot accept any health care proposal that provides funding for abortion or that funds assisted suicide.
The President has stated that the United States is no longer a Christian nation. The 67 million Catholics, as well as the other numerous religious denominations with Christian foundations, need to step forward and oppose this opinion.
The Catholic pulpit needs speak out on a regular basis regarding the demands of the Church. Yes, demands. The government was established, based upon Christian principles, to serve the citizens of this country. Washington has forgotten that they serve at our pleasure.
We need to persist in getting responsible representation from our elected officials. The fact is that an overwhelming number of our representatives, on both sides of the aisle, are corrupt, greedy and self-serving. It is time to toss the "money changers" out.
The Catholic Church needs to awaken the flock and make our "attitude" help shape health care legislation. Perhaps in that way, the Catholic "attitudes" will not only be evident, but will be morally constructive, as well.