Forcing the Catholic church to “provide insurance coverage for contraception to workers in its hospitals and other public institutions” stands as one of the big issues of the day. As it has always, the Catholic church opposes the use of birth control and abortion.
Although I’m a Catholic of sorts, I find it quite difficult to sympathize with the Church. My reasons for lack of sympathy relate to the Church’s activities in secular politics. The Church ranged from lukewarm to condemning of people protesting what they considered unfair government practices.
Pope Benedict XVI offers a compelling response to those who decry “excessive” government that “distorts the free market,” as the Tea Party Patriots declare on their Web site — echoing a familiar philosophy shared by conservative leaders for decades. Indeed, the pope’s most recent encyclical stands in stark contrast to those who tout an ideology that would lead to slashing an already fraying social safety net at a time when the number of people living in poverty has reached its highest level in a half century and millions of Americans are unemployed. Catholic social teaching can offer a particularly useful critique of Tea Party philosophy given that a new poll just released by Public Religion Research Institute found that nearly half of Americans who consider themselves part of the movement also identify as Christian conservatives.
Finally, racism is sometimes apparent in the growing sentiment that too much is being given to racial minorities by way of affirmative action…
Some how bias and bigotry are how you eliminate bias and bigotry. You don’t help people succeed by hindering the success of others and denying them rightful opportunities.
The same Church that supported racial discrimination at it’s own institution, Georgetown University, by past head basketball Coach John Thompson. No whites.
Other than on the issues of birth control, abortion and gay rights, the Catholic church holds a long record of supporting left wing ideology and its warped values. Often in government, Catholics supported abortion, birth control and racial and gender bias and the Church said little. After the Occupy Wall Street support, I decided none of the little money I have to give to charitable organizations will go to the Catholic church.
The Church teaches that the Pope is infallible in matters pertaining to religion. Maybe so. But, in matters not pertaining to religion, the Pope, and the Church, show tremendous fallibility. I got tired of one of the richest organizations in the world telling me I was too greedy and uncaring.
As for the Church and its latest quandary, if you dance with the Devil, you will get burnt.