- May 29, 2020
Part one of Crux’s look back at life in the U.S. Church during 2017.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said after Senate Republicans failed to pass a “skinny” repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act that the task of reform remains, citing both financial sustainability and full protection of conscience rights.
It is now possible for states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions, such as planned parenthood. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, overruling what some consider the previous administration’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under George W. Bush believes that Catholics should be really thankful that Donald Trump was elected, instead of Hillary Clinton, to be our next president of the United States. We faced a binary choice and the people of America showed once again that they are smarter than the pundits, beltway bandits and establishment insiders.
The Hyde Amendment, which bars the federal government from funding abortions through Medicaid and which was passed 40 years ago on the back of a bipartisan consensus, was seen as the first significant legislative victory for the pro-life movement, but it has an uncertain future.
Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has published an article in his diocesan newspaper urging Catholics to remember that no issue should be more important to them than the question of life and death for the unborn, but the key question in 2016 is whether Catholics are listening.