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In a book recommended by Father Leatherby, “Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life” by Bob Schuchts, we are reminded of the fact that health care is the original, proprietary concern of the Catholic Church, another form of thunder which has been stolen from us by the enemy of souls:
We pursue health and wholeness because God has built the desire for healing into the fabric of every human being. As Pope Benedict attests , healing is essential to our Christian faith. As Christians, we believe that Jesus came to earth for this purpose– to restore us to wholeness and to bring us back into full communion with the Father and each other. This faith , revealed in sacred scriptures, has been faithfully proclaimed by the Church for two thousand years: “‘ Heal the sick’! The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out. . . . She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies” (CCC, 1509). Stop a minute and let those time-tested words sink in. Jesus, the incarnation of God our Healer, is the ultimate physician of our souls and bodies (Ex 15: 25– 26). He not only forgives all our sins, but he also heals all our diseases, according the Psalmist (Ps 103: 3). Jesus’ healing miracles, past and present, are expressions of the Father’s tender compassion and intimate concern for each of us in our brokenness and suffering. They point to the ultimate healing he won for us on Calvary. Pope Benedict’s assertion sums it all up: “Healing . . . expresses the entire content of our redemption.” [Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, 176] For the past two thousand years of Church history, all our worship, all our theology, and all our prayers are directed toward our restoration, as we are brought ever deeper into communion with the Holy Trinity.
Congressman Tom McClintock (R 4th California) reports “I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which repeals certain dangerous provisions of Obamacare that specifically threaten the right to life. This bill also protects health care providers against discriminatory practices for refusing to provide, pay for, or refer for abortion. I am also a co-sponsor of H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would prohibit federal funding to healthcare providers who perform abortions, except in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother’s life.”
Congressman McClintock joins the Susan B. Anthony List in promoting this last-ditch effort to stave off loss of our religious freedom in the health care domain.