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The new PTSD: Papal telling-it-like-it-is shock disorder

Posted by Charles II on November 21, 2010

Pope Benedict shocked the world a lot more than with his announcement that use of condoms under certain circumstances is ok with this declaration (Sarah Delaney, Catholic News Service; full text of Benedict’s address to Pontifical Council on healthhere):

Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or their ability to pay.

Access to adequate medical attention, the pope said in a written message Nov. 18, was one of the “inalienable rights” of man….

“Justice requires guaranteed universal access to health care,” he said, adding that the provision of minimal levels of medical attention to all is “commonly accepted as a fundamental human right.”

Governments are obligated, therefore, to adopt the proper legislative, administrative and financial measures to provide such care along with other basic conditions that promote good health, such as food security, water and housing, the cardinal said.

The governments of richer nations with good health care available should practice more solidarity with their own disadvantaged citizens and help developing countries promote health care while trying to avoid a “paternalistic or humiliating” way of assisting, the cardinal said.

I have my problems with the Catholic hierarchy, but I myself am so shocked by this declaration and its obvious needling of American “conservatives” that I didn’t call him Pope Ratzinger. Why it has taken the Catholic Church this long to enter the 20th century remains a mystery, but thank God for miracles.

Another sidelight. A quick google at this hour shows no major news organization is carrying this story. Oh, that liberal media.

Posted in health care, news media, Pope Ratzinger (mistitled Benedict), poverty | 6 Comments »

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