Some Midwest Catholic leaders question government health care

Sunday, September 6, 2009 | 7:56 p.m. CDT

DENVER — About a half-dozen U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are using terms like "socialization" and "monopolization" when adding their voices to the health care debate.

Their argument — made over the last several weeks — isn't that the federal government should necessarily stay out of health coverage, but that an oversized government system could wield too much power over people's lives.

It's a new line of argument for bishops — most who have spoken on health care say it's vital.

But the most thorough critique came Tuesday in a joint pastoral letter from the archbishop of the Kansas City, Kan., diocese and the bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese in Missouri.

They say church teaching has never suggested a government socialization of medical services.


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