The Opinion section of a recent Wall Street Journal (March 31-April 1, 2012) described at length Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s grievances against the Obama Administration’s guidelines for the Affordable Health Care Act. James Taranto’s intervew, When the Archbishop Met the President, was rich in irony. The Archbishop, a high official of an institution with a history of burning alive those who disagreed with its mandates in this life and burning them again for eternity in a hellish afterlife, spoke as if his church were entitled to stand as a credible arbiter of morality and freedom. The appalling gall of this attempt seems both mind boggling and gobsmackering.
The U.S. Conference of Bishops opposes the birth-control mandate because, well, basically because the Catholic Church does not like sex. As a former Catholic who spent twelve years in Catholic gulags (schools), I know whereof I write. The church will permit a modicum of sex in instances where sexual union in approved forms might add to the membership rolls of their cult, but that’s about it.
The Catholic leadership today, as in the past, is given to labeling opposition to their dogma as morally toxic. In fact, that phrase better applies to the nature of a superstition that restricts liberty, joy, exuberance and choice in favor of sin, fear, guilt and shame. The Catholic Church is unequalled today in its capacity for Orwellian doublespeak.
In Mr. Dolan’s interview, a mantra of deceit is seen in references to the church as a defender of the rights of conscience, infringments on religious liberty and moral imperatives.
Orwell would love it, no doubt.
Mr. Dolan asserts that the president and ideologues… favor an ever-more-powerful secular government. Well, as opposed to what – a weaker secular government relative to the forces of theocracy, such as the U.S. Conference of Bishops?
In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy promised a gathering of ministers in Houston – and the nation, my Catholic faith will not inspire my decisions in the White House. What does Dolan think of that? That’s worrisome, he stated.
Well, at least he did not throw up. Rather, the archbishop and the writer of the WSJ article take comfort from the fact that devout Catholic Rick Santorum is running on the promise that his faith will inform his decisions and that the U.S. Supreme Court… has had a Catholic majority since 2006.
I suspect more than a few readers of even the WSJ take little comfort in the candidacy of Mr. Santorum or the composition and many rulings of the Catholic dominated Supreme Court.
Let freedom – and a more powerful secular government, ring. And prevail.