Tuesday March 23, 2010

List: Bishops, Nuns, Organizations Supporting/Opposing Senate Health Care Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2010 ( – Following is a list of Catholic organizations and individuals who have come out publicly in favor of the Senate health care bill, which allows government funding of abortion:

Catholic Health Association


National Catholic Reporter

Catholics United

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Bishop Emeritus John E. McCarthy of Austin, TX

Following is a list of Catholic bishops and dioceses who have come out publicly against the Senate health care bill:

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, TX; chairman, USCCB pro-life office

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, IL; president, USCCB

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, MA

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, CO

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, NY

Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, WI

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City-St. Joseph, KS

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore, MD

Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, AL

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, OH

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, MI, Michigan Catholic Conference:

Bishop Walter Hurley of Grand Rapids, MI

Bishop Early Boyea of Lansing, MI

Bishop Paul Bradley of Kalamazoo, MI

Bishop Joseph Cistone of Saginaw, MI

Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, MI

Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, MI

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, LA, Louisiana Catholic Conference:

Bishop Sam G. Jacobs, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, LA

Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette, LA

Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge, LA

Bishop Ronald Herzog of Alexandria, LA

Bishop Glen John Provost of Lake Charles, LA

Bishop Michael Duca of Shreveport, LA

Aux. Bishop Shelton Fabre of New Orleans, LA

Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, AL

Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, WV

Aux. Bishop James Conley of Denver, CO

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, CA

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO

Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland, OH

Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, VA

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI

Bishop William R. Murphy of Rockville Centre, NY

Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, OH

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, AZ

Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, CO

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI

Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, TX

Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, TX

Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, FL

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, UT

Rev. Msgr. Richard W. Gilles, diocesan administrator of La Crosse, WI

Some Catholic organizations who publicly support the bishops against the health legislation include:

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious

Catholic Medical Association

(If you notice a bishop or organization not on the list that has explicitly come out against the final version of the health care bill, please let us know.)