Today the archdiocese took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune to convince people to support the efforts to stop Healthcare Reform or rather the part that the bishops object to.
I’m annoyed by this whole contention that the Church is being persecuted. That’s a bit much for me. After all, the church does get a lot of tax breaks and many clergy get full scholarships to universities like Northwestern since they claim their income as zero, yet their community feeds and clothes them in a comfortable style.
The issue seems politically and economically motivated. There’s something very hollow in the accusations of persecution or the inability to practice one’s faith. The rabble-rousers in the clergy are hard to view as sincere. It really seems like a means of saving money, getting Catholics to feel attacked and thus active. It’s a way to build easy identity and distract people from the church’s desperate failings like the pedophile.
The president said that Catholic employers don’t have to pay for birth control, etc, rather the government would. So what’s the problem? This is want life is like in a pluralistic society.
The best way to convince people that your way is best is through love, forgiveness and humble dialog. Harping and kvetching aren’t anywhere as effective.
- Clergy child abuse shook Irish faith: Pope (news.smh.com.au)
- Healthcare Reform Turns Out To Be a Pretty Good Deal (motherjones.com)
- Divided jury returns Friday in Philly priest case (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Catholic Church paid handful of sexually abusive priests to leave archdiocese (life.nationalpost.com)
- Pope To Irish: Child Abuse By Clergy A ‘Mystery’ That Shook Faith (sott.net)
- Catholic group seeks change in US birth control policy – Reuters (in.reuters.com)
- Pope Admits Church’s Credibility Damaged by Abuse Scandals (newstalk.ie)