IF THE GOVERNMENT FORCES CONTRACEPTION TO BE PROVIDED BY THE CHURCH, WHAT ELSE WILL A FASCIST GOVERNMENT FORCE UPON THE CHURCH AND IN THE NAME OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUAL ACCESS? I DON'T THINK THIS IS HISTRIONICS BY SUGGESTING THIS IN THE LEAST!
Dissident Catholic women in some of the most powerful positions of government; what does that have to do with what otherwise would be a source of great Catholic pride, women in powerful positions within the government of the USA?
Dissident is the word. These dissident Catholic women who are feminists first and to the nth degree see the Catholic Church in the backwash of anachronistic institutional policies that keep women from experiencing complete equal rights. This means not only control over their bodies and the perception that artificial birth control, abortifacients and sterilization are "preventive health care" to keep them from being sickened or diseased by offspring and the enjoyment of impotent sex, but also control over their sex partners, and the man's potential offspring, it also means controlling through government intervention the Church which they perceive is controlled by men who have tried to control women for centuries. Who are these nasty men? The Catholic pope, bishops, priests and deacons and the influence these men have not only in the Church but in society and the public square.
This is 1968 dissent from Humanae Vitae on steroids. And isn't it odd that the two women who are perhaps the most virulent public Catholic dissidents in government, Katherine Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi were in their prime in the 1960's and are caricatures of everything that went wrong with progressive Catholicism by those in the 1968 period who embraced Catholic progressiveness and dissent. When we look to these two women we can see in them the dismal failure of the post-Vatican II experiment with liberal Catholicism and its politicization of Catholic moral teaching and desire to re-imagine the Church based upon the "will of the people" rather than the law of God which every human being can discover in natural law and which is not open to democratic manipulation or radical change.
But who are the men who made Catholic dissent possible? We have to look to the 1968 era for that too. We have to look to Hans Kung, Charles Curran, The Berrigan Brothers; we have to look to progressive liturgical theologians and secular leaders such as the Kennedy clan and other Catholic men in government like Joe Biden and the mayor of San Francisco.
The Catholic hierarchy, men who say they have absolutely no power and no authority to change the revealed law of God discovered in natural law, are the enemies of this clique of liberal Catholic laity and clergy who believe political empowerment in the Church is a good beyond any cost and at the expense of Catholic identity and moral teachings, at the expense of God Himself. The Catholic hierarchy powerless to change divine law and who acknowledge this powerlessness before God and the world are deemed the enemies of society and of the women's radical feminist movement who are the real power mongers and seek to turn up-side-down the law of God and the life of the Church. How interesting is that!
What is coming next if the HHS mandate stands and the Church caves in? It will mean government control fomented by women of who gets married in the Catholic Church and who gets ordained. And thus the radical feminists would have won the day by making the men of the Catholic Church, those nasty men in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who stand powerless to change anything revealed by God, ordain women by government mandate and not the mandate of God. Fascism anyone?
And then, like the Church controlled in China by the Communist Chinese Government, the true Church will go "underground" to the catacombs where she will pray and witness and some of her members martyred and ever be that glorious faithful bride of her even more glorious and faithful Bridegroom.
LIBERAL CATHOLICISM SINCE 1968 HAS BEEN A COMPLETE, TOTAL FAILURE AND A CARICATURE OF WHAT INFIDELITY AND BETRAYAL LOOKS LIKE AND THE CORRUPTION THAT THE HUNGER FOR POWER EVEN OVER GOD BRINGS TO THE BELIEVER--FORBIDDEN FRUIT ANYONE?--SOUNDS LIKE ADAM AND EVE ALL OVER AGAIN.