Tom Roeser pulls no punches writing on Obamacare, the USCCB, and Cardinal George

(Thursday March 18th issue of the Wanderer)
For many years, observers have felt that unfortunately the USCCB is a liberal left- wing political combine run by a politicized staff that is largely unsupervised by many of the bishops, and so far as Church control is concerned, it is all but rudderless.

The current president of the USCCB is Francis Cardinal George, OMI, the archbishop of Chicago. As a lifetime resident of Chicago, this reporter can tell you that writing to the cardinal in protest is a huge waste of time. George is a malleable accommodationist who doesn’t want to make waves. Though an authenticist liturgist, writer, and speaker, he is also an adroit parser ( balancing his answer with so many qualifiers it takes a linguist to interpret it — and even then the linguist may be wrong).

Long before George, the permanent Chicago chancery staff has for years – for decades predating him — reflected for the most part the hard- core left expedient policies of the Chicago Squid, 51 members of which are installed in the Obama White House.

The only way to get George’s attention and the USCCB’s is to give impetus to a drive to abolish the organization by withholding funds to the bishops. Formed initially as the National Catholic Welfare Conference, it was developed into a liberal bishopric trade association by the late Archbishop Joseph Bernardin, who could have given tactical lessons to Niccolò Machiavelli.

… In essence, the only way to effect change with the USCCB is not to write letters of supplication to prelates — letters which will be answered by the bureaucracy with boilerplate — but to cut off support for the group where it hurts, at the purse — and declare such intentions to George and/ or his soon- to- become successor as USCCB president, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson.

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