Tuesday, February 14, 2012

a catholic who agrees that the bishops had it coming

Paul A. Rahe is a Catholic who had thoughts similar to mine on this issue. And since he is a lot more knowledgeable, I thought I'd link to him (link from Powerline, who also had similar thoughts ... I don't feel so lonely any more ...).

Here are some quotes from his post:
At the prospect that institutions associated with the Catholic Church would be required to offer to their employees health insurance covering contraception and abortifacients, the bishops, priests, and nuns scream bloody murder. But they raise no objection at all to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman Catholics will be required to do the same. The freedom of the church as an institution to distance itself from that which its doctrines decry as morally wrong is considered sacrosanct. The liberty of its members – not to mention the liberty belonging to the adherents of other Christian sects, to Jews, Muslims, and non-believers – to do the same they are perfectly willing to sacrifice.
This is a good point. I think if I were a Catholic, I'd be writing to some of these bishops to ask why they aren't protecting my freedom of conscience, only their own.

More from Rahe:
This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot. In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal.
People today forget that the evil foe of the Democrat party used to be WASPs: White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Before Roe v. Wade and the Reagan Revolution, Catholics were as closely identified with the Democrats and their socialist enterprise as blacks are today.

And more:
In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.

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