Comments: Opinion

Re Ian Paul, Free Health Care Cannot Continue, its a variation on a theme in all countries that have some form of socialized medicine.Our federal government here is using funding levels to create a path forward for privatization. They are being cagey about it because universal heath care is iconic for Canadians.

Clearly demographics (aging) the costs and use ( overuse?)of new technology and the costs of drugs are big ticket items. However, so called "free" marketeers are salivating at the prospect of getting a share of medical care. The opportunity for big bucks and a path to increase wealth transfer for share holders are unlimited. Just look at the issue of health care in The United States and the power of wealthy lobbyists in the fight against socialized medicine.

Blaming the sick i.e. obesity and alcohol abuse fits a certain narrative.Its fine to talk about folks who drink too much or are overweight, but don't leave unregulated capitalism out of the conversation about a health care doomsday.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 4:47pm BST

Who imagines health care to be 'free' ?

And why ?

Posted by Laurie R at Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 9:31pm BST

Not only in Britain, but in Australia also, the small country parish is, more often than not, struggling. Here, we have the added complication of, oftentimes, significant distances between parishes. And when there are ministerial vacancies in nearby parishes this places further stress on small parishes who do have a minister in place. Enabling lay ministry is something that should be put in place, if possible. I heard a fine sermon today from a fellow parishioner and congratulated her afterwards.

Posted by Pam at Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 1:56am BST

Hugely indicative of the general parochialism and narcissism of TA that there are no comments on the recent Rome synod.

Posted by John at Monday, 20 October 2014 at 8:04pm BST

No, John, hugely indicative of the fact that people on an Anglican website comment on Anglican matters.
If we want to get involved in Roman Catholic conversations we choose Roman Catholic forums.

Posted by Erika Baker at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 9:28am BST

John, perhaps we've all just been busy?!

Posted by Alastair Newman at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 9:35am BST

Well, John; here's one from me - a retired/active priest in the New Zealand Anglican Church:

I was interested in the Pope's remarks about the 'down-side' of the Synod's proceedings, where the entrenched 'traditionalists' - on matters of gender, sexuality and 'family values' - are still unwilling to take a risk with opening up the Roman Catholic Church to people on the margins. Can we Anglicans claim to manage any our controversies any better?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 9:49am BST

At Erika and John, you might check out Episcopal Café.

Given centuries of unrequited Anglican love for Rome, the notion that there should be no comments about the recent episcopal synod in Rome is nothing if not amusing.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 3:26pm BST

in which case you might have to look on FiF and Ordinariate sites for comments?
I have no intention of commenting on the internal affairs of another church. Not on an Anglican forum.

Posted by Erika Baker at Tuesday, 21 October 2014 at 4:36pm BST

As an American, I can assure you that the private healthcare industry is a dreadful thing.

What good is greater technology and better medicine if it is held out of reach by pricing and private greed (which always seems to be tied to conservative "christianity," I notice)?

Posted by MarkBrunson at Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 9:35am BST

@ Erika, You must, of course, follow your own comfort level, when deciding what to post. However, given the huge big ticket item that sexual politics is within the Anglican Communion, given the same situation within Roman Catholicism, and given the long standing inter-action between the two, with people converting from one to the other because of it, as I see it comment is both appropriate and of interest.

For one thing, a comparison in the way in which decisions are made in both churches, one dominated by an exclusive male hierarchy, and the other dominated internationally by a largely male hierarchy, sheds light on how patriarchy is empowered in the church, how sexism continues to flourish in the church.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 2:24pm BST

I thought John's comment sad.

I have never seen a lack of comments as a sign of parochialism or narcissism. Quite the contrary, I have often thought how reflective our community is and (with the odd exception) how people tend to comment on items they know something about or have personal experience to share.

Sometimes comments are closed, and that is nearly always a good decision and sometimes the TA community decides silence is best and that too, I have thought in the past, was a wise choice.

I had read the reflections from Durham, I know nothing of the author and so have spent some time looking at what he writes and says. I have also spent time looking at RC analyses and discussing the outcome and future with friends who remain RC.

There are many others here too who were former RCs and/or who had parents in the RC church. Those who are Anglican have a particular interest here, all the more if they are divorced and or gay, even more so if they left the RC church because of their exclusion because of those factors. So of course this forum is appropriate for comment.

I have not finished my preliminary enquiries, so feel unable to comment yet, other than to say that the English Cardinal's inability to recall which way he had voted on the rejected paragraphs in an interview on BBC Radio 4, did make my jaw drop!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 10:46am BST
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