Alinsky Inspired “Social Justice” Catholic Groups Protest Cardinal Rigali for Opposition to Health Reform over Abortion: Calls pro-life opposition “right-wing efforts to derail real health care reform”

A number of left-leaning social justice Catholic groups who favor President Obama’s health care overhaul have announced that they plan to protest Cardinal Justin Rigali, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office, for opposing the abortion expansion embedded in the bill. The Catholic Peace Fellowship, The House of Grace Catholic Worker, and The Philadelphia Catholic Worker are calling on Rigali explicitly to endorse Obama’s legislation, claiming that “abortion funding is not included” in the health care proposal. The groups’ “vigil” will gather at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, across from the Philadelphia Free Library for a procession to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a 30-year history of lobbying for universal health care, which the bishops have called ‘a fundamental issue of human dignity and life,'” wrote the groups in a press release Monday.