Catholic Church Pulls the Plug on Local Health Care Debate

Politicians were barred from speaking at the event.

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Catholic Church Pulls the Plug on Local Health Care Debate

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The Roman Catholic Church in Chicago will not allow a partisan debate on their property.

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Separation of church and state plays out in questionable ways sometimes.

When it comes to health care there is no question. The church wants nothing to do with it, according to a report from Chicago Catholic News.

At least that’s how the Archdiocese of Chicago feels. They recently intervened in a planned health care forum that was supposed to take place at the Oak Park Ascension Parish when they found out the talk was co-sponsored by two groups affiliated with the Democratic Party.

The event was supposed to take place on September 20, but when a  “respect for life” coordinator” from a nearby church caught wind of the event he complained to the diocese about how unbecoming it would be to have Democrats leading a health-care charge on Catholic Church property.

It was going to feature several prominent Rush University Medical Center doctors, including President Obama's former physician. Furthermore it was co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Oak Park and Obama’s Organizing for America organization. Both groups were barred from participating because archdiocesan policy prohibits  political activity at churches.

Politicians, including U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who initially had been invited to talk to the crowd, were also barred from speaking at the event.
 

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