The Catholic Church Puzzles …

When it came to women’s rights, the Catholic church lagged (and still lags) …

When it came to civil rights, the Catholic church lagged …

When it came to its own sex scandals, the Catholic church lagged …

The  Catholic church has done nothing—absolutely nothing—about climate change. It has taken a weak, pathetic position on America’s torturing of prisoners. It never spoke out against the evils of the tobacco industry/lobby. It never promoted mass recycling. On and on and on and on—from little to huge—the Catholic church cowers on issues that genuinely impact society.

Except for gay rights.

And abortion.

And—dear God—birth control.

The Catholic church is very, very, very angry that the Obama administration is (100% rightly) forcing their health insurance policies to cover birth control. The dolt Republican candidates have tried to frame this as some sort of “war” on religion. Which, they surely know (but would never admit) is nonsense; just some red meat words to toss the agitated conservatives.

What irks me, really, is this: People use birth control. Like, almost ALL people use birth control. It’s wise and smart and handy and important and, were the church not so (sadly) powerful, we’d be encouraging teens to know about condoms and—if sex is on the horizon—use them. But, no, that’s doesn’t please the virgins in big, bright hats. Even in 2012. Even when birth control is as accepted as Trident.

Quite frankly, I’m fed up with the Catholic church. Faith—wonderful. But following this sort of nonsense; living in fear; believing the spewage of a few fading has-been “holy men” … no.

Just, no.

4 thoughts on “The Catholic Church Puzzles …”

  1. Stop your Catholic bashing!!!!!!! Take your EXACT same article and take out Catholic Church and substitute it with Jews and you would be VERY OFFENDED. The government has no right to tell a Religious institution to promote something it doesn’t believe in. Even though gay marriage is legal in some states, the government cannot FORCE churches to perform the ceremonies.
    The issue at large here IS government over-reach and you are just reacting as a partisan because this makes Obama look bad and it should. If they did not see this backlash coming then that says alot about them!!!!

  2. So…
    You think private entities should be free to make their own decisions? Sounds like you just made a great case *against* Obamacare in the first place. You want women to be able to decide what they do with their bodies (great, I agree). But you don’t want a private institution (the Catholic Church) to be able to decide what it wants to cover in its health insurance. Can’t have it both ways. The hypocrisy I’m reading everywhere on this is astounding.
    The solution here is simple. Get rid of the violent, freedom-encroaching Obamacare; separate church and state; life goes on.
    Oh, and by the way – plenty of the Holy Democrats also disagree with this. Click the link on my name. Republicans and Democrats are the same war-mongering, civil liberties encroaching, spend-money-we-don’t-have, crony capitalist megalomaniacs who get rich (and help their friends get rich) at the expense of taxpayers. The sooner everyone realizes this, the sooner things will actually start to change in this country.

  3. Jeff, the Catholic Church runs hospitals, schools, universities, soup kitchens, and food pantries. My mother runs a food pantry for Catholic Charities. Pope John Paul II spoke out against the Iraq War when it was launched. Did you ever see Dead Man Walking? Sr. Helen Prejean and many many more Catholics speak out against the death penalty. Catholic organizations in America are pro-environment, pro-recycling, anti-racism, pro-diversity, pro-universal healthcare, etc. etc. etc. You just don’t hear about it in the media because the media enjoys debating the pelvic issues just as much as, yes, the Catholic bishops.

    Call the Church out on effing up the abuse scandal. Call out the church for its conservative stances. But don’t paint the church as a mirror image of the Republican Party. Other than a handful of issues, most Catholic orgs. are liberal.

  4. Non-practicing, but own my colors…

    the church has been focusing on getting it’s own house in order, since we all recognize that a few issues have been out in the open that needed to be eliminated.

    certain topics are core to the faith and are addressed. But, shouldnt the organizaton be allowed to ask it’s members to follow their beleif system?

    I don’t always agree, and roll my eyes occasionally. But, the God show’s himself in different ways to different people. Vote with your feet if you don’t like it.

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