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Bishops resist Obama’s health care plan

August 28, 2009

I guess I’m not that surprised by the news that the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy is resisting Obama’s health care plan. According to this NYT article, bishops are concerned about abortion and health care rationing. And they’re making their case to the laity this weekend.

The bishops’ opposition — published in diocesan newspapers, disseminated online by conservative activists, and reported in a Roman Catholic newspaper to be distributed this weekend at churches around the country — is another setback for Mr. Obama’s health care efforts. His administration has been counting on the support of Catholic leaders to help rally believers behind his health care plan. Just last week, he held a conference call with 140,000 religious voters to appeal to what he called their “moral convictions.”

The bishops’ backlash reflects a struggle within the church over how heavily to weigh opposition to abortion against concerns about social justice.

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