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Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 7. Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ, A Jesuit Calls the Bishops 'Just 200 Votes' Comments

More alarming was Father Reese's support for Obama's policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception. The Bishops, Reese said, have ignored economic studies that insurance companies would actually save money by providing contraception. "Contraception is a lot cheaper than live births, especially if the live births are problematic." Continue Reading

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  1. Theresa H
    2 years ago

    This is truly sad and, sadly, there are other priests (and sisters) out and about who have betrayed the Church and Jesus Christ, Our Lord, like this Jesuit....St. Ignatius intercede for him and may God have mercy and enlighten his mind and strengthen his will to repent! And may God have mercy on us all and deliver us from all evil!

  2. Matthew
    2 years ago

    Has Fr. Reese ever considered than sending all the homeless to a concentration camp and killing them is also a lot cheaper than helping them establish happy productive lives??? I guess nothing coming out of the mouth of a Jesuit should shock me but isn't this the same guy who wants to spend billions helping the poor???

  3. elm
    2 years ago

    "Father Reese, evidently, is not too concerned about the Bishops' role in this election: "What the Bishops say would be important if Catholics actually followed them."" Just insert Jesus for Bishops, cause a whole lot of people walked away from His teachings also. Walking away does not negate their Truth.

  4. DFC
    2 years ago

    We need a serious round of defrockings and excommunications.

    Titus, Ch. 1:7-11
    For a bishop as God’s steward must be blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message as taught so that he will be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to refute opponents.For there are also many rebels, idle talkers and deceivers, especially the Jewish Christians. It is imperative to silence them, as they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what they should not.

  5. Elsie
    2 years ago

    Response to Tom McQuire on globaL warming. Tom seems to have forgotten that the earth and all of its workings in and around it are the work and design of God whether humans like it nor not. There is nothing that all the money the "climate changers" are trying to extract from the public can do to change God's Plan for the functions of the earth (weather, volcancos, draught, rainy season, cold winters, hot summers cycles). If people are fooled into accepting this made up concept of the government to take money from an already depressed economy to attempt to supercede God, the reality will make the population poorer and the government have more money to squander on other schemes for getting money from a society made guity-ridden and fearful by the propaganda of the fear mongers known as "global warming agenda." The arrogance of "man" to think that he can change or overt the power of God.......oh, yee of little knowledge & faith!!

  6. Jim H.
    2 years ago

    How can this disobedience be allowed from the pulpit? Isn't this leading the flock to perdition?

    This concept that one's conscience can rule the day, independent of Magisterial formation, is simply diabolical. The very same teaching that tells us to ultimately follow our conscience, tells us to form it with the Magisterium. Perhaps this is a result of relativist philosophies such as consequentialism which has led many to believe the commandments are suggestions.

    I heard in the confessional this morning that the magisterial teachings on life were decided by "men" who don't take into account the rights of a woman to control her body and that Pope John Paul II didn't attend meetings on birth control. This is supposedly the reason why people reject the magisterial teachings, etc. I was informed that Jesus never taught anything about abortion and we should just "follow the bible." I am gobsmacked.

    This kind of disobedience and heresy is rampant in the Church and accepted as truth. What are we going to do?

    St. Ignatius of Loyola, Pray for Us!

  7. Mike
    2 years ago

    Father Reese's comments don't surprise me.They are typical of the opposition of many Jesuits to Catholic doctrine. Just read America magazine and you''ll understand. (I was a dedicated reader for many years but let my subscription lapse because of the anti-doctrinal philosophy espoused by Father Reese and other contributors, Jesuits and otherwise).
    However, I am dismayed by the comments because they not only confuse Catholics and Catholic doctrine interpretation, but they also give credence to supporters of the HHS mandate to claim the Catholic Bishops' opposition to the Mandate is vacuous and has no valid standing.
    That being said, it seems that not until very recently has the USCCB been strongly, publically vocal on many Catholic issues. While they HAVE published well-articulated and thoughtout documents supporting Catholic doctrine, or condemning public positions contrary to Catholic teaching, their individual or collegial public.presence has been negligible. When was the last time the bishops sponsored and supported a public vent like the "Fortnight for Freedom"? Unfortunately, but realistically, this is the kind of Catholic activism necessary to assure that the Church's teachings are promulgated. Perhaps the Mandate is a wakeup call for us, the faithful, to actively support, encourage and stand shoulder to shoulder with our bishops letting them know there are believers following their call.

  8. Catherine & Peter
    2 years ago

    The bishops do not lead or teach as they should. After forty years of silence, what do they expect! The catholic church is in free fall except for a faithful remanant.
    People who attend mass and follow the teachings of Christ reap what they sow, and heaven is their reward. The others ,including priests and sisters, should not be surprised ,if they betray the Lord they will reap hell.Pray for them! Pray for the end to abortion.

  9. Bob
    2 years ago

    @iamcatholic: I am afraid Fr. Reese and his ilk are no longer serving the Lord as you suggest, but are actually serving the ruler of this world, the Evil One. They have already accepted the thirty pieces of silver for turning over the Mystical Body of Christ to the torturers. They have rejected Christ and His Church and have chosen hell and eternal punishment as their fate.

  10. Joseph Tran
    2 years ago

    Fr. Rees' remark generally consists of materialism dialect. First, in his claim, the bishops oppose against HHS because of Democrat policies. He missed the mark, the bishops did not against the goodness of HHS. However, together as the whole Church, they, the bishops rejected the evil that containts in HHS.
    Second, Fr. Rees shows that he is a defender for choice, doesn't matter it is good or evil.
    Finally, He values the mandate base on money but not human life.
    As a result, according to his argument, we, the Catholics better worship Democrat and adore money rather than God.

    We need to watch out

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