An Army With No Soldiers January 30, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.
I have noted with some concern that virtually all the bishops opposed to this terrible assault being made by the Obama administration against the Catholic Church, demanding that the Church pay for contraception, abortifacients, and even sterilizations as part of its health insurance plans, is based on the issue of religious liberty, and not on the basis of forcing the Church to commit morally reprehensible, evil acts. Almost all the many responses of bishops, as wonderful and numerous as they have been (and I have been surprised both by the scope and the ferocity of the opposition), have stressed only the contra-constitutional nature of this move, and have been less focused on the intrinsic evil inherent in this demand. Only Bishop Bruskewitz, of those of which I am aware, has stressed the fact that the government is demanding the Church to commit acts of grave evil.
Why wouldn’t the bishops stress the inherently immoral nature of this governmental demand? Why do they all refer to the act as “violating conscience,” instead of being, in and of itself, being a demand to commit grave evil? Perhaps it has to do with the fact that so few Catholics accept and practice Church doctrine on contraception, sterilization, etc? While I might quibble with the numbers quoted in the video below (which I myself used and referenced previously), because they come from the pro-abort Guttmacher Institute and therefore may be “push poll” numbers intended to drive public opinion into accepting the “inevitability” of contraception, the point of fact is that the vast majority of Catholics accept the use of contraception and sterilization. If the bishops stressed this point, would whatever support they may garner wither away?
Dr. Jay Boyd has two related posts at Philothea on Phire that mirror a comment I left at CatholicVote Friday afternoon. The bishops may win the short term battle over “consicence,” but in order to win the war for souls and for this culture, they will have to start defending Truth much better than they have over the past several decades. That begins by stopping the toleration of dissent and heresy. We must have heroic bishops who are willing to enforce Church Doctrine – period, end of sentence.
This is a golden opportunity for the bishops. They can neatly seque from opposition to this assault on religious liberty into a general discussion on the evil of contraception, and really lead from the front. Or they can keep doing what they have been doing, ignoring the issue, allowing the mass apostasy in the Church they lead to continue to fester and grow (a veritable cancer on the Church), and hoping that somehow the Church can continue on relatively unmolested. I am not sanguine on the prospects of the former. If ever there was a time to pray and offer penance, it is now.