I can’t stand the Pittsburgh Steelers. I really can’t. But that’s not the point here. The owner of the team is a Catholic by the name of Dan Rooney. (I’m sorry but everytime I think of the name “Rooney” I hear Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off saying that name into the phone.) But he’s not just a Catholic in name only kind. I’ve read in a few places that he’s a daily communicant and a pretty prominent Catholic in Pittsburgh.
Anyway, it seems that Rooney is a big Obamacare supporter and even held a promotional event for Obamacare at Heinz Field recently.
Paul Kengor seems kinda’ ticked off about it. He wrote a piece in the Trib saying:
It’s so egregious that the Pittsburgh Diocese, led by Bishop David Zubik, joined 42 other Catholic plaintiffs in filing 12 federal lawsuits against the Obama administration. As Zubik memorably framed the mandate, the Obama administration has told Pittsburgh Catholics and Catholics nationwide “to hell with you.”
That gets to why Rooney’s actions are such a big deal. He’s a lifelong Roman Catholic and he’s pushing ObamaCare in the same diocese that filed a lawsuit. It’s hard not to view this as a slap at his bishop.
Hey look, I was for excommunicating him just for owning the Steelers so you can imagine where I am now.
It’s definitely a slap in the face of the bishops and guys like Rooney provide plenty of cover for other Catholics. Confusion reigns as long as nothing is done about the likes of Nancy Pelosi. Silence in this case isn’t pastoral. It makes the world a worse place, it confuses people about the faith, and puts souls in jeopardy.