Barack Obama has from even before his election adopted a strategy of "divide and conquer" when it comes to American Catholics. His goal is to associate with, reward, appoint, and honor Catholics who either openly and fiercely dissent from the Church's teachings on abortion, or who are at least willing to be good little quislings and keep their mouths shut about it in order to curry favor with him. At the same time, he doesn't shy away from marginalizing and excluding Catholics who are faithful to the Church's teachings, so much so that he has thus far refused to name a single pro-life Catholic to any position in his administration, not even to serve as ambassador to the Holy See. It is clear that Barack Obama thinks there are two kinds of Catholics: the ones who actually accept all that superstitious nonsense about the right of the unborn to keep on living instead of being ripped apart in their mother's wombs, and the enlightened ones who recognize that unfortunate viewpoint for the medieval nonsense it is, and who are more willing to follow the One than they are to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Obama has gone out of his way to show which kind of Catholic he prefers.Well, guess what? Now we have proof:
WASHINGTON, DC, March 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed to reporters today that President Barack Obama actively promoted the Catholic Health Association's public break with the American Catholic bishops to support his health care legislation. [Emphasis added--E.M.]
Gibbs also suggested that the CHA and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious' (LCWR) break with the U.S. Bishops has provided legitimate political cover for pro-life Democrats to switch their votes from "no" to "yes."
"I think over the past twenty four hours we have seen strong indications from those in the Catholic Church that support our belief that the legislation is about health care reform, and that it shouldn't and doesn't change the existing federal law [on abortion]. The Catholic Health Association and the order of nun's support is very important," Gibbs told reporters on the White House lawn for Thursday's press conference. [...]
So far, the president's strategy appears to have paid off: some lawmakers have evidently already taken the two groups' endorsements as an excuse to switch their vote.
Gibbs cited Congressman Dale Kildee's (D-MI) Wednesday press conference - in which he explained how CHA's endorsement had "affected his thinking" to get him to support the bill - as a sign that Democrats may be able to get more lawmakers on board in the same way.
Gibbs said that the president had been engaged on the issue, and a reporter asked if he had reached out personally to the groups.
"The President met earlier this week with Sr. Keehan of the CHA," said Gibbs, saying the meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room, but that he "did not get a detailed run-down of the pitch that [Obama] made."
If it's stupid to sell your soul to gain Wales (as St. Thomas More put it), it's beyond stupid to sell it for a presidential meet-and-greet, to boldly go (into the Roosevelt Room) where a polyester pantsuit has never--oh, wait, we're forgetting a former First Lady; never mind.
But anybody who thinks this isn't part of a pattern has only to look at Obama's other interactions with prominent Catholics. Why, Barack Obama loves Catholics--so long as they're with him on the goodness and worthiness of butchering unborn children in utero, or are, at least, willing to look the other way while he advances the abortion agenda in every way imaginable. Pro-life Catholics? No, of course not; why, unborn-child-butchering is such a highly prized American value that taxpayers ought to be funding it, and a huge health care reform bill ought to go down in flames before the goodness and worthiness of choppin' up the lil' babies on the federal dime ought to be removed; so clearly Catholics who actually think unborn babies ought to emerge alive and whole, intact brains and everything, from their mothers' wombs, are a lunatic fringe the president can safely ignore.
I've always suspected that Barack Obama divides Catholic Americans into "good Catholics" (who are pro-abortion or willing to shut up about it for some glad-handing and perks) and "bad Catholics" (defined as any Catholic who actually accepts Church teaching on abortion). Now we have proof that this is exactly what he does--which makes it more imperative than ever for bishops to clarify that Obama's "good Catholics" are not setting shining examples of Catholicism for their brothers and sisters in the Church in America.