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Cong. Kildee Defends Decision to Support Health Care Bill

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Congressman Dale Kildee, a lifelong pro-life Democrat from Michigan, gave an impassioned defense of his decision to support the final health care bill pending before Congress on a conference call with reporters sponsored by the progressive group Faith in Public Life. “I have always been pro-life,” Kildee said. “I am going to be eighty-one in September and at this stage in my life, I am not going to change my position on abortion and risk my eternal salvation…. I am absolutely convinced that the original intent of the Hyde Amendment is in the Senate bill.”

Kildee supported the Stupak Amendment when it was voted on in the House of Representatives in November. That Amendment failed in the Senate. Kildee noted that the entire health care bill is pro-life insofar as it will help provide coverage to those who currently lack it. “I am a pro-life member of Congress, both the unborn and the born,” Kildee said.

Challenging the church on abuse

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Recommended reading: The New York Times' "Room for Debate: A running commentary on the news" blog has a must read series of articles, Changing the Vatican’s Response to Abuse, about the clergy sex abuse crisis. NCR has been dogging this story since the mid-1980s. With attention focused squarely on the highest levels of church structures, I think it is fair to say that this crisis has entered a new phase.

Regular NCR readers will recognize all the people the Times asked to write on the topic. Our senior correspondent, John L. Allen Jr., is there, as is our Young Voices columnist Nicole Sotelo. Nicholas Cafardi has written commentary for us before, and David Gibson has written for us too. I am not sure if David Clohessy has ever actually written for us -- I'll have to check the archives -- but he has been a news source innumerable times.

Stupak on 'Living Hell'

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Those who have watched Bart Stupak (D-MI) over the years know that he is more a "workhorse" than "showhorse." That's why Rachel Maddow's claims that Stupak is opposing the current health care bill because he wants the publicity strike anyone with any knowledge of the man as ludicrous. (If you click on the link you'll have to endure a short advertisement.)

But I didn't realize, according to this report from The Hill, that he "has never signed up for federal health benefits because he promised voters in 1992 that he wouldn’t until universal healthcare was enacted."

Mar. 18, Bl. Martha Le Bouteiller

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Aimee-Adele Le Bouteiller, who was born in 1816 in Percy, Manche, France, grew up "helping her widowed mother run the family farm and later working as a housemaid. She still found time to volunteer in her parish school, and she always joined in the parish's annual pilgrimage to the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Chappelle-sur-Vire."

--from http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Women-Saints/dp/006082512X/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268872370&sr=1-9> The Big Book of Women Saints, by Sarah Gallick, HarperOne, 2007, p. 88. (Search term: Postel.)

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