- "Fulton Sheen, Bias, and the Catholic Church"
(March 28, 2012)
"Cardinal Dolan says HHS mandate fight 'tough' but winnable""Not very popular" isn't the same as "wrong." I think part of the reason that so many Americans think the Catholic Church is icky is that our bishops are presented as killjoys.
CNA (Catholic News Agency) (March 30, 2012 )
"Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York says that although opponents of the federal contraception mandate face a difficult struggle, religious groups can achieve victory through persistence.
" 'We have to be very vigorous in insisting that this is not about contraception. It's about religious freedom,' said the cardinal, who is president of the U.S. bishops' conference.
"He said the debate is a 'tough battle' because proponents of the coverage mandate have chosen an issue they know the Catholic Church is 'not very popular on.'..."
In a way, it's true. The Catholic Church won't tell folks that we can do anything we want, and not experience any consequences.
This counter-cultural position comes from the notion that human beings are people, and that innocent people shouldn't be killed. I've been over this before. Often. The Catholic Church says:
- Love God, love your neighbor
(Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31)
- Everybody is our neighbor
(Matthew 5:43-44; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-30)
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1825)
- Human life is sacred
- Murder is wrong
(Catechism, 2259-2262, 2268-2269)
- Concern for health is a good idea
- Within reason
- Within reason
- Scientific medical research is a good idea
(Catechism, 2292-2296)March 16, 2012)
More posts about forcing Catholics to violate our conscience:
The Department of Health and Human Services vs. Conscience