Sunday, March 21, 2010

American Nuns and the Health Care Bill

In her column in today’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd points out why American nuns have distanced themselves from the Catholic Church hierarchy in supporting the health care bill.

In an earlier blog (July 2, 2009), I wrote about my reaction to the Church hierarchy’s plan to investigate orders of nuns. According to the Dowd column today, “The witch hunt has sparked the nuns to have a voice at last. Vulnerable children were not protected by the male hierarchy of the church, which treated sexual abuse as a failure of character rather than a crime……..Now the bishops think that it’s better to deprive poor people of good health care than to let the church look like it’s going soft on abortion.”

It's not difficult to see why so many “good Catholics” are disappearing. The hypocrisy of priests, bishops, cardinals and the pope have driven people away, leaving more pews empty each Sunday.

It’s not easy to cut the cord. Having been taught by nuns in grammar school and high school, I received a solid education and also the basis of a belief in the power of good. So I cannot abide the utterly despicable actions of the Church hierarchy.