Friday, February 10, 2012

Catholics and Contraception

Time to Admit It:  The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

I found this secular article to be a fascinating review of the Church's stance on this controversial issue.  Though Catholic support of birth control is completely irrelevant in the fight to preserve liberties, many Catholics do not understand the Church's teaching and it is important to understand that when discussing the topic. 
Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all of the greatest empires known to man, from the Romans to the Soviets. It has establishments literally all over the world, touching every area of human endeavor. It's given us some of the world's greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustine on down to René Girard. When it does things, it usually has a good reason. Everyone has a right to disagree, but it's not that they're a bunch of crazy old white dudes who are stuck in the Middle Ages.
Indeed.  It is not an out of touch group of old white men that predicted the following consequences of contraception use in the 1960s:

  1. General lowering of moral standards
  2. A rise in infidelity, and illegitimacy
  3. The reduction of women to objects used to satisfy men. 
  4. Government coercion in reproductive matters. 
The article goes on to list evidence for all four outcomes, but I think we can see that the Pope at that time was not out of touch with reality.  Whatever one thinks about the authority and origin of the Catholic Church, it would be ignorant of history to dismiss them as easily as some might.
 
 
And again, it is very important to remember  that what individual Catholics think about contraception is totally irrelevant to the question of religious freedom and if the Church should fight this mandate.  This isn't about the Pill.
The argument that many Catholic women ignore this particular church commandment is a non sequitur. The church has consistently stood by this teaching. Catholics commit adultery and lie, too, but they don't want or expect the church to condone those actions.
 
 Find your representative here, and contact them to express your opposition to this mandate and government intrusion and failure to follow the Constitution:  http://www.mocatholic.org/find-your-legislator/u-s-representatives/

Senator Roy Blunt is the sponsor of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, which would reverse this mandate. Contact him and thank him for his sponsorship of this bill here:  http://blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy

Contact Senator McCaskill and ask her to support Senator Blunt in his efforts:  http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact

Contact President Obama and let him know of your disappointment with this mandate (with charity) here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments 

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