Really?

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.

Now I would like to know how Catholics in Europe, Korea or Japan have reacted when national healthcare came to their countries. That seems like the most relevant way to look at the issue.

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.

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One response to “Really?

  • Judy Dudich

    Susan, even if the government pays for birth control, to force Catholic (or religious institutions of any kind) to provide it FREE for people, is just as grave of a moral concern as making them financially support it. In my own opinion, it’s almost WORSE for it is causing people of faith, who believe that these products are immoral and dangerous to women’s health, to act AGAINST their convictions and beliefs and place these immoral products into the hands of others…like a “gift” of some sort. It’s awful!
    Further, the Church is not saying (merely) that “Catholics” are being “attacked” as you put it…but saying that “religious freedom” as protected and supported by the United States Constitution is being stripped away from people in this nation; Yes, they are recognizing that there is a direct persecuting stance against the Catholic Church’s Teachings occurring…and this is true; not only in the area of supposed “health care” ( I say “supposed” because birth control is a DETRIMENT to women’s health…not a “care” of it). When the president spoke at one of our Catholic Universities, the first thing he did was order the Crucifix to be covered or removed from the speaking platform in the auditorium! The fact that he would ask this is outrageous enough, the fact that the school DID it is more-so! I think if one studies the current situations and studies the constitution (a document that the current Administrator seems to think he can ignore and negate at will) one will see that it is the very core of the beliefs that founded this great country which are being attacked; in some very subtle, sneaky, manipulative ways…and in some ways more outspoken and “in your face”. Force Catholics to hand out birth control like free candy here….change the definition of marriage there….force Catholic orphanages to adopt out children to gays, etc…there is a direct agenda which attempting to control, undermine, override, and disintegrate the freedoms and Teachings of our Faith. Sadly, the people who HAVE this agenda are using the political arena to carry it out.

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