October 30th, 2009
04:40 PM ET

Priests urged to speak out against health care legislation

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/30/art.chruches.gi.jpg caption="The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is starting a campaign against abortion funding in national health care legislation."]

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Calling Democratic health care bills "seriously deficient on the issues of abortion and conscience," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging priests around the country to speak out against the legislation from the pulpit this Sunday.

The conference – the leadership body of the Catholic Church in the United States – is distributing a flier to churches to insert in their weekly newsletters urging parishioners to contact their senators and representatives to ask them "to fix these bills with the pro-life amendments."

"The bills will have to change or the bishops have pledged to oppose them," the flier reads. "Our nation is at a crossroads."

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  1. Leo

    Crazy! That the bishops would deny health care to the sick and ailing on the stance of pro-life saddens and angers me. Why don't they just urge their congregations not to get abortions ;and let everyone have health insurance.

    October 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  2. Victoria Bronson

    How many health plans provided by the dioceses of the U.S. have abortion benefits?
    Will the bishops be willing to give up all of their health care and that of all diocese employees if their health care providers pay for abortion.

    October 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  3. William of Iowa

    I'll contact my congress person and suggest paying for healthcare reform by taxing the income of the church.

    October 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm |

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