While on vacation, in Cape May, the parish had petitions on the mall to affirm healthcare but would protect the unborn. Our family collectively witnessed similar Catholic efforts in Massachusetts, in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, Miami and Kentucky.
But despite the efforts of the Life Issues coordinator, Rochester’s Diocese has to be pressed hard to speak. After the Affordable Care Act decision at my parish, where the unborn is rarely mentioned, a homily by a priest in leadership at the Diocese affirmed healthcare but neglected to acknowledge that there is no statutory prohibition of abortion in the AGA.
The USCCB has appropriately supported health care for decades. Rochester’s Catholic Charities annually spends 8 million dollars and employs 200, hosts galas and issues glossy reports.
How can our Diocese be expected to speak about abortion in the public square, as we are required to do as people of faith, when homilists won’t even speak about this to parishioners?
In the AGA, a ruling by the HHS Director impinges on the free exercise of religion. There will be exorbitant penalties for Catholic institutions who exercise justice for the unborn and charity for the poor simultaneously. This why 42 religious institutions are suing the US government.
We do not reach out to people in need because they are catholic, but because we are catholic. The principle of subsidiarity elevates spiritual and moral well being of the community and its members over individual freedom. It confirms cooperation over competition in human relations.
The destruction of one member of the human family in order to promote the quality of life of another member is not ‘cooperative’.
This binary approach forces charity and justice to compete. It forces fragmentation of the Gospel message to love our neighbor.
No government should force the Church to separate them.