“And then Jesus said, and truly I say to you, the one who uses contraception is a murderer as if he had killed his own child. That person is an abomination before God.”
Of course, Jesus never said any such thing– over even close– but you’d think he had the way the Catholic Bishops are freaking out over the requirement for Catholic Hospitals to have health insurance plans that cover contraception for their employees. They have called for a “faith fortnight” to fight back against this obviously massive affront to religious liberty. And with such subtle, and nuanced rhetoric:
Radio spots and videos produced by the bishops conference accuse the Obama administration of taking “the first step to deny religious liberty.”
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who is heading the campaign, says the bishops have a simple goal. “We’re trying to protect our institutions and our fundamental freedoms as individuals,” he says, “and so this seemed to be the moment that we have to draw the line in the sand.”
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, shown speaking at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., in 2009, is the head of the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom campaign.
The rhetoric is pretty strong. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who leads the bishops conference, says the White House is “strangling” the church. The bishop of Oakland warns of “despotism.”
And, if that’s not enough:
And then there was an April sermon by the bishop of Peoria, Ill., Daniel Jenky.
“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open,” Jenky says in the video, adding that the dictators would not allow the church to compete in education, social services or health care.
“President Obama with his radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda now seems intent on following a similar path,” he says.
Lori says the times call for blunt language.
“Sometimes prophets are thought to be unduly alarmist, and sometimes their speech is a little bit strong,” the archbishop says. “But that’s what prophetic speech always has been.”
Well, nice to know Jenky is a prophet. If this contraception ruling is allowed to stand, I’m sure it’s really just a short step until the Catholic Church is outlawed completely!
On another note, I was very pleased that my parish made absolutely no mention of this “Faith Fortnight” on Sunday (I’ve switched parishes since all the anti-gay sermons now that the one I had been attending has re-opened their nursery). I think the fact that it is run by Franciscan Friars, rather than ordinary parish priests, has something to do with that.
Just once, it would be nice to see the American Catholic Church man the battlements for the poor (or heck, the millions and millions of prisoners, that would take some real courage) instead of faux issues like this. I think we all know what Jesus would do.