Saturday, January 16, 2010

Maaaatha Coakley says devout Catholics should not work in Emergency Rooms

The hotter than hot Senate race in ( whoda thunk-it) Massachusetts just reached the boiling point. Scott Brown is pulling ahead, and, as if to help him,  Maaatha Coakley just put her foot in her mouth.
Martha Coakley, a Catholic herself,  in an interview quoted on Jill Stanek's blog stated that if Catholics were obedient to the teachings of their Church on life issues, they'd better not work in the ER.

Coakley: I would not pass a bill, as Scott Brown filed amendment, to say that if people believe that they don't want to provide services that are required under the law and under to Roe vs. Wade that they can individually decide to not follow the law. The answer to that question is no. And let's be clear, 'cause Scott Brown filed an amendment to a bill in MA that would say that hospital and emergency room personnel could deny emergency contraception to a woman who came in and been raped.
Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don't want to do that.
Coakley: No we have a seperation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.
Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room.
Coakley: (... uh, The law says that people are allowed to

Massachusetts is the most Catholic state in the nation. Will Catholics stand for such a blatant attack on their faith? Or are too many of them living sinful lives, which violate the Church's prohibitions of birth control and abortion, living in sin as unmarried couples to care about this open assault on Catholic teaching? Americans are fair-minded people, if they don't obey a moral law, they are gentler to others who have the same moral weakness. Just look at how the bishops of CT allowed Plan B to be used in cases of rape in Catholic ERs in Connecticut. The State Legislature was poised to allow conscience protections, and the bishops made it clear that they were comfortable with this violation of the ban on birth control and abortion. Plan B is more than birth control, it may cause a baby already conceived not to implant on the uterine wall, thus causing an early abortion. So Catholics in CT are obviously too far gone to put up a fight to confront assaults on Catholic teaching.
Lets hope that our neighbors to the North have learned from our sorry example.
The next few days should be a test of what is left of Catholicism in Massachusetts. Are Catholics finally willing to become Catholics first and Democrat Kennedy syncophants second?
Cardinal O'Malley, we know you can't endorse a candidate, however, wouldn't this be a good time to remind your flock of Canon 915? Archbishop Burke has taken this occasion to remind Catholics that they are Catholic first, especially in the voting booth.
“The minister of justice bears a most heavy burden, the burden of emptying himself of himself, in order to have God alone before His eyes, in declaring what is just and right on behalf of his fellow citizens.”
However, according to the archbishop, the current society is one which is hostile to the true administration of justice, trying “to force individuals and institutions to cooperate in egregious violations of the natural moral law.”

“In such a society, the administration of justice is no longer a participation in the justice of God, an obedient response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but a façade cloaking our own selfishness and refusal to give our lives for the sake of the good of all our brothers and sisters.”
Bill Donohue never hesitates to jump into the melee when Catholicism is under attack:

When Martha Coakley, a Roman Catholic, was asked whether she supports conscience rights for health care employees, she offered a resounding “NO.” So completely wedded to the extremists in the pro-abortion community, Coakley would not allow Catholic doctors and nurses—who unlike her accept the teachings of Catholicism—to recuse themselves from participating in procedures they find morally repugnant

Coakley said that if she were asked to consider a bill that would say “if people believe that they don’t want to provide services that are required under the law and under Roe v. Wade, that they can individually decide to not follow the law. The answer is no.” When asked by host Ken Pittman about the rights of Catholics who follow the teachings of the Catholic Church, Coakley offered the separation of church and state mantra. Pittman then said, “In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.” Coakley conceded that point but hastened to add, “you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.” Translated: You really don’t have a right to exercise your religious-liberty objections.
This is the opinion of the attorney general, the chief law enforcement agent in the state of Massachusetts. She effectively told practicing Catholics who work in the health care industry that they ought to get another job. As far as she is concerned, those who invoke a right to conscientious objection—a staple of religious liberty—should lose.

President Obama says he supports conscience rights for health care workers. The Catholic bishops support conscience rights. Survey after survey show that the American people support conscience rights. But Martha Coakley does not—she says they’re all wrong. Glad to know which side of religious liberty she is on.
We in  Conncecticut have Plan B abortifcacient contraceptives used in our Catholic hospital emergency rooms. We have gay marriage, which will soon be taught to innocent children in our public schools. We are also a very Catholic state which has lost its way. We need theleadership of a man with a backbone  like Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island. We need a good example of our neighbors to our north who are about to vote in a pro-life man for the first time in many, many years.
Go Scott Brown!
Long live Catholicism in Massacusetts!

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