"I can’t understand for the life of me how the Catholic Church could be against the biggest social justice issue of our time, where the very dignity of the human person is being respected by the fact that we’re caring and giving health care to the human person--that right now we have 50 million people who are uninsured,” Kennedy told Catholic News Service [probably not CNS, but CNSNews.com] in an article posted Thursday.
It's clear that Senator Kennedy does not consider the unborn to be persons. The murder of innocents is actually the social justice issue of our time. Murder of those ensouled by God at the moment of conception trumps that of someone who is sick and in need of health care funds. Reform is needed, but it must be aligned with the dignity of all persons - born and unborn. The Catholic Church is objecting to funds going directly, or indirectly, towards the killing of these individuals, in most cases, because they are mere inconveniences. The Church will not engage in consequentialism, whereby she allows evil for the sake of good. She is also trying to protect workers from being forced into engaging in something which they view as morally wrong.
The senator's quote did not escape the attention of his bishop - Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island - who didn't mince any words in his prompt rebuke: