John Roberts the Catholic

John Roberts the Catholic

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the healthcare law affectionately referred to by some as “Hellcare Obamacare.” Chief Justice John Roberts , what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. “]issued the opinion of the court”Mr.. Much time has been dedicated to the treatment of the legality and/or constitutionality of Obamacare and the SCOTUS ruling, but I have read very little addressing the moral implications regarding the spiritual well-being of the Chief Justice. In 2005, during the confirmation hearing for John Roberts, the blogosphere buzzed about the prospects of finally tipping the scale in a conservative direction by adding another orthodox Catholic to the bench.  George Neumayr wrote about Roberts’ parish, as being a Maryland parish that heterodox Catholics would regard as an outpost of traditional Catholicism.  Msgr. Vaghi, the church’s pastor, according to Neumayr, is a staunch advocate for the Church’s teaching on sanctity of human life: “After all, since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion, there have been over 44 million abortions, young children dying before they had the opportunity to enjoy life outside the womb as we enjoy life,” he wrote. “Our church is always, and will always, be on the side of life, life from conception until natural death. And it is precisely because Jesus...
Editorial: Why Pro-Lifers are the Losers of Roberts’ Gambit

Editorial: Why Pro-Lifers are the Losers of Roberts’ Gambit

Note: I have no window into another man’s soul, I judge no one. However, I can judge bad thought and bad action, and am entitled to do so as a citizen of this country when it comes to the bad thoughts and bad actions of government officials. I’m going to be honest: I think yesterday’s ruling on Obamacare was a national tragedy beyond most. Many are claiming that what Roberts did was expedient for the conservative cause. Here’s the simple truth they are ignoring: Roberts’ opinion, for whatever good it may have done – intentionally or not – was a trampling of the constitution and a huge overreach of judicial activism. If he was trying to avoid the appearance of partisanship, as the pundits are saying he was, then he actually gave a partisan judgment. Roberts allowed his opinion to be swayed by a concern for the reputation of the court, and putting reputation above truth is a concern for foolish men. That concern led him to find a fig leaf, congressional taxing authority, rather than simply declaring that the commerce clause was not a legitimate basis for the individual mandate. He went out of his way to make Obamacare work as a law. As Judicial Watch noted, “This Supreme Court majority rewrote Obamacare and then upheld its constitutionality.” Further, SCOTUS removed the commerce clause as a weapon of the left and handed them virtually limitless power in the form of taxation instead. We can now be taxed not only on our purchases, but on our non-purchases. While many are hailing his decision against the commerce clause abuse as...
Letter to Bishop Farrell of Dallas: Supreme Court Response

Letter to Bishop Farrell of Dallas: Supreme Court Response

Via: bishopkevinfarrell.org Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision regarding the Affordable Health Care Act. I join the bishops of the United States in supporting access to life-affirming health care as the right of every individual; especially the poor and most vulnerable. We adamantly oppose the portions of the law that (1) allow use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions; (2) fail to provide essential conscience protection; and (3) discriminate against immigrant families by denying them full access to health care benefits. American bishops have never joined in efforts to repeal this law in its entirety and do not do so today but today’s opinion does not diminish the moral imperative to ensure decent healthcare for all, nor eliminate the need to correct the fundamental  flaws mentioned above. We continue to urge Congress to pass and the Administration to sign legislation to correct these three flaws as expeditiously as possible. We will continue to advocate affordable health care for all and  will continue to study the Court’s opinion to understand its full implications for healthcare reform and for our religious liberty. Bishop Farrell, I respect your consistent call for the right to life and equal treatment, especially as many of the moral issues that must be brought to forefront of this debate; however, I am perplexed as to how the right to enter freely into contracts as well as the right to own property, whether by possessions or money, that can be understood though at least natural law, is not part of your statement. As you know, under the health care law a person is...

BREAKING: The Supreme Court Upholds the Individual Mandate

Note: The contents of this post are the gist of the decision. We will provide updates as the specific details become available. None of us here at T&C are lawyers. In what will surely be remembered as the Supreme Court trial of the decade – if not longer – SCOTUS today has upheld the individual mandate, as a tax rather than as a fine, and the of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while limiting the Medicaid provision. The judicial decision, sure to send shockwaves through public opinion, is sure to be hailed by Obama supporters as a victory and become a rallying point for his base. The law was also no stranger to the Catholic blogosphere, where it was widely attacked – a reaction that has become a tipping point in the perception of the Catholic vote as primarily conservative and may rally Catholics and other opponents of Obamacare in preparation for the 2012 elections. The bloggers of Truth & Charity have not kept secret our distrust of the Obama Administration and our contempt for Obamacare. We understand that there are many features of our health care system which are broken and in need of repair. It is disappointing that we now have little recourse to replace Obamacare with more suitable legislation that would maintain a stable balance between solidarity and subsidiarity, a respect for the needs of workers and businesses, and an equitable and sustainable financial framework, but most of all defends and protects the dignity of every human life from fertilization to natural death. For the time being, the HHS Contraception...