Hush Money: 2.8 Billion Federal Dollars Each Year Goes To Catholic Charities.

It seems entirely possible, if not probable, that the hand of official Catholic activism which might prove pivotal in halting the flow of federal funds to the PP abortion mill, has been stayed by fear of it being removed from its place on the government teat in a similar manner.

We are, of course not advancing a position which conflates the morally repugnant actions of PP with the goodness of the charitable work carried out by Catholic Charities, but the enemies of the Church, the doctrinaire leftists would undoubtedly try to make that very case, unleashing a firestorm of criticism [which the MSM would be all over] that would undoubtedly provide considerable impetus in support of the sentiment that if one is defunded, so should the other – despite their vastly differing moral value.

This logic is certainly not wasted in the ivory towers of USCCB, these are learned men and they certainly can connect these rather obvious dots.

What may however be lacking in USCCB’s calculus, is now that the Pence [R, IN] legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, has passed the House, and is on its way to the Senate, the leftist establishment will without doubt go gunning for Catholic Charities regardless of the outcome of Mr. Pence’s efforts. [Please note: the defunding of the National Public Broadcasting Company, only hastens such a potential outcome]

The Church has a lot to lose, not all of it of a monetary nature.

The receipt of this level of taxpayer funded largesse which flows into the Catholic bureaucracy, we must surmise, has created a morally corrosive conflict of interest – it’s hush money which silences the Church on one of the key aspects of its moral teaching, for fear of upsetting the apple-cart.

As a likely result, the USCCB has abdicated it role as moral leader, cowering behind the considerable stacks of greenbacks which it receives from Uncle Barack.

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Speaker John Boehner gets a letter from a group of pro-life heavyweights.

The Honorable John Boehner
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion organization, must be held accountable for abusing innocent young victims while receiving hundreds of millions in federal dollars each year.

They must be defunded of federal tax dollars, and now is the time to do it. The House vote in support of Rep. Mike Pence’s Amendment No. 11 to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1) to prevent government funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is an excellent start.

However, the House vote on the Pence Amendment is nothing more than symbolic unless it remains intact through the legislative process. Defunding Planned Parenthood must be a non-negotiable in the Continuing Resolution and we urge you to accept nothing less than this outcome.

The fact that Planned Parenthood was caught aiding and abetting sex traffickers proves that it is not safe for women and young girls. What goes on in offices and clinics of Planned Parenthood, as Live Action’s videos show is both saddening and shocking. That it has often been done using taxpayer dollars is indefensible.

As the largest abortion company in the United States, Planned Parenthood repeatedly refuses to comply with state statutory rape reporting laws, and often ignores parental consent laws.

Just this week, Phill Kline, former Attorney General of Kansas, testified under oath that Planned Parenthood of Overland Park and the late abortionist George

Tiller performed abortions on a combined 166 girls, age fourteen or younger. Out of the 166 cases of statutory rape, just two were reported to authorities, Kline testified.

As debate over the Continuing Resolution continues we urge you to do everything you can to ensure that the Pence Amendment remains intact in the final version of’ the Continuing Resolution. Planned Parenthood is not safe for women, it is not safe for young girls, and it must be defunded now.

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List

Torn McClusky, Vice President for Government Affairs, FRC

Dr. John Willke, President, International Right to Life Federation

David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life

Phil Burress, President, Citizens for Community Values

Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life of America

Bradley Mattes, Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

Frank Cannon, President, American Principles Project

Steven W. Mosher, President, Population Research Institute

John J. Jakubczyk, Former President, Arizona Right to Life

Michael Gonidakis, Executive Director, Ohio Right to Life Society

Tim Broderick, President, People for Life of Erie, Pennsylvania

Kevin H. Smith, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action

Lila Rose, President, Live Action

Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America

Brian Burch, President, CatholicVote.org

Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum

Steven Ertelt, Editor, LifeNews.coin

Jill Stanek, RN, JillStanek.com

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

Cohn A. Manna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Erick Erickson, Editor, RedState.com

Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Marie Tasy, Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life

Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life

Mail Smith, Vice President, Catholic Advocate

Biggert, Dold and five other Republicans voted to continue government funding of Planned Parenthood.

Voting pro-abortion on the amendment: 178 Democrats and 7 Republicans (Bass of NH, Biggert of IL, Bono Mack of CA, Dent of PA, Dold of IL, Frelinghuysen of NJ and Hanna of NY).

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