The Boston Globe published a doozey written by Joan Vennochi.
Here's the Reader's Digest: The Catholic Church is being unfair. The Bishops have hired people to carry out the mission of the Catholic Church who are not Catholic. Recent polls show Obama losing the support of Catholic voters. This hoo-ha could evolve into a big problem for Obama. Obama is not trying to undermine Catholicism. Oh no. Why, that would be preposterous. He's just trying to tell the Catholic Church they can't regulate the beliefs of other faiths. That is fitting in a world that admires religious freedom and values separation of church and state.
Let me start by sharing our common ground: I think it's safe to say that neither one of us would ever characterize Catholic Bishops as being the sharpest tools in the shed.
Hiring people to carry out the mission of the Catholic Church who are not Catholic is about as dumb as hiring a Spanish translator who only speaks English. But that's a subject for another day.
I read your piece and it came across to me as though you don't understand what a conscience protection is and why we write them into laws.
A democracy is a political system governed by the majority. Like your refrigerator, a political system is a thing without an intellect, ethics, morals, empathy. It's all based upon the majority of opinions. If the morality and ethics of the people in a political system are not good, things like slavery and murder can be written as legal rights of the people or the government.
In a democracy, if somebody could get enough people to like the idea that journalists should have lobotomies, they might be able to convince a politician to sponsor the bill. When it becomes law, a conscience protection written into immoral and unethical law protects your colleagues on Morrissey Boulevard from being forced to give you ride to get your lobotomy as part of their duties of their job.
Conscience protections are about my right not to be forced by the government to do harm to you, even if you have a two-digit IQ or are compromised in some other way.
The government can decide to drop a bomb on Hiroshima. People who would never kill another human being under any circumstances have the freedom to serve their country in the military in other ways by registering as a conscientious objector.
For the 235 years of our country's history before Obama, conscience protections were our government's way of admitting that while we all realize that laws are written based upon a majority opinion and a thing cannot have an intellect or morals and ethics, the people who serve it do.
For the first time in our 235 year history, we have an imbalance in the powers. In spite of written national and state laws, a single justice, even in a lower court, can overrule the constitution and written law to decriminalize or feign they have the power to write laws that do not exist.
Catholics are getting, you know, concerned about the chaos.
Let's cut to the chase.
A Catholic Bishop has a credo similar to a physician. In fact, he and his priests are physicians of the soul and their credo is: DO NO HARM to the mystical composition of an immortal soul, either by omission or commission. They are actually responsible to carry out this credo under every mission they operate whether that be a chancery, a hospital, a school or any other charitable initiative. They are responsible to carry out that credo whether the people under their leadership are Catholic, non-Catholic or even atheists. They are not a CEO of a business.
Giving pills out to women to prohibit and kill their children does physical - and more importantly - spiritual harm.
Up until this point in time, helping to elect proabortion, immoral and unethical politicians didn't affect them. They were blissfully ignorant of the ramifications of a nurse and doctor who would have to carry out the orders of passing out abortifacients. They didn't give two turds that doctor and nurse in their Catholic Hospital was put in the position of losing their salvation or their income when they handed something to an uncatechized or distraught pregnant woman.
But God in his infinite Wisdom and Mercy has brought accountability of the loss of salvation directly to them. They are now holding the ball of accountability for every harm done to an immortal soul in the execution of Obama's absurd and illegal mandate.
They are not saying to hell with Obama. In their own pathetic selfishness, they are simply trying to save themselves from joining him there.
For those of us who have waited 40 years for this moment, we'll take it any way we can get it.
Readers - below is letter from CJ Doyle. (Ouch!)
February 2, 2012
Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
To the Editor:
It is difficult to take seriously Joan Vennochi's criticism of Catholic bishops for their opposition to the Obama mandate for contraceptive coverage in health insurance (Catholic Church's unfair attack against Obama, 2/2/2012).
Vennochi flails at the Church, but carefully avoids a candid consideration of the key issue, which is, that Catholics understand abortion, including abortifacient contraception, to be a legalised form of mass murder. Whether it necessitates litigation, political mobilization, or civil disobedience, Catholics are not going to stand by and see their own institutions forced to subsidize the killing of the innocent.
As for Vennochi, it requires an egregious level of intellectual dishonesty to characterize the refusal to participate in murder as imposing one's religion on others, a threadbare argument which suggests a certain lack of originality among those who persist in using it.
C. J. Doyle
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
35 Montclair Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02132