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Catholic Bishop's Labor Day Statement 2013

Every human being enjoys a basic right to be respected, not because of any title, position, prestige, or accomplishment but first of all because we are created in the image and likeness of God. From an ethical and moral perspective we embrace the exhortation of St. Paul “to anticipate one another in showing honor” (Rom 12:10). Today’s competitive culture challenges us to strive for victory and advantage, but for St. Paul the challenge is to build each other up and honor one another’s innate dignity.

Labor Day is an opportunity to take stock of the ways workers are honored and respected. Earlier this year, Pope Francis pointed out, “Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person… . It gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one’s family, to contribute to the growth of one’s own nation.” Unfortunately, millions of workers today are denied this honor and respect as a result of unemployment, underemployment, unjust wages, wage theft, abuse, and exploitation.

Even with new indicators of some modest progress in recovery, the economy still has not improved the standard of living for many people, especially for the poor and the working poor, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed. More than four million people have been jobless for over six months, and that does not include the millions more who have simply lost hope. For every available job, there are often five unemployed and underemployed people actively vying for it. This jobs gap pushes wages down. Half of the jobs in this country pay less than $27,000 per year. More than 46 million people live in poverty, including 16 million children. The economy is not creating an adequate number of jobs that allow workers to provide for themselves and their families. Jobs, wages, and poverty are interrelated. The only way to reduce the widening gap between the affluent and the poorest people in our nation is by creating quality jobs that provide a just compensation that enables workers to live in the dignity appropriate for themselves and their families.

Right on. It’s not often I praise the Catholic Church for anything, but it’s lovely to see the Catholic Bishops moving back towards a message of social justice, versus one of exclusion. Not that I think this speaks for the church as a whole, but praise when it’s due, y’know? Pope Frank ain’t perfect, but he’s better than Emperor Palpatine Pope Benedict.

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I see nothing new from the smoke and mirrors of the Vatican: Another religious extremist who quoted gay marriage as, ‘a scheme to destroy God’s plan;’ Francis termed it ‘a real and dire anthropological throwback.’ I wouldn’t expect anything new from a Church that is in direct contention with science, has a history of child sex abuse, misogyny woven into the fabric of the faith, and a religion that says sexually transmitted diseases are bad - but not as bad as contraception. But he reportedly cooked his own meals.

Travis Glasgow on the election of Pope Francis I by the Vatican.

It’s great that he cares about the poor and all, but shit — that whole “love thy neighbor” thing extends beyond the ones in poverty, Francis.

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Everyone’s freaking out about the Pope resigning, but here’s the thing: He can’t resign. He’s abdicating because there is no higher authority or power to which he can submit his resignation.

Think about that. No higher power. Do you know how hard I’ve bitten my tongue today in an attempt to quell my desire to joke about the non-existence of God to Catholics and Christians alike? Like the Pope just divided the infallibility of the church by zero.

The papacy shall also be vacant until his successor is chosen, which obviously means the world shall soon be overrun with gays and whores. /sarcasm

And yes, he CAN do this. I imagine he just has to get the carpets steam-cleaned, patch up the holes in the wall where he hung his pictures of a fetus, the Death Star, and Rick Santorum, then let the Holy Spirit have a looksee before he takes off. I imagine Jesus called up on the golden telephone and wanted to have a look at the books, and chat about that whole love thy neighbor and social justice thing.

I get the feeling that something big might be about to hit the papal fan. John Paul II was dead on his feet for years before he finally keeled over. We’ll see.

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But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”

The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic, "In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people"

About that:

"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life." — Catechism of the Catholic Church

This quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a key pillar of current lawsuits against the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act — including the now-dismissed lawsuit launched by the University of Notre Dame.

Essentially, when the law states Catholic universities and the like must cover contraception, screw the law because MAYBE BABIES ARE PEOPLE TOO! But when the law gives a Catholic hospital an out regarding malpractice and the death of two unborn fetuses, suddenly real, potentially viable fetuses that may have been saved aren’t actually people.

Gotcha. The infallible doctrine of personhood exists when it’s legally expedient and can be jettisoned when it’s not. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that the Catechism, “naturally contains the infallible doctrinal definitions of the popes and ecumenical councils in the history of the Church.”

Infallible, of course, until the super-duper CYA doctrine comes into play. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Eight Years Ago, Even Republican Judges Rejected Notre Dame’s Attack On Contraceptive Access

If you heard about the lawsuit filed by 43 religious organizations in regards to providing insurance that covers contraceptives, you’ve probably heard the intellectually dishonest point that the church isn’t trying to shove religious beliefs down people’s throats. Honest!

Well, that shit is nothing new. Arguments against providing said coverage were rejected eight years ago by the California Supreme Court, and there’s little indication the federal court would act differently. The court wrote:

The [law] serves the compelling state interest of eliminating gender discrimination. Evidence before the Legislature showed that women during their reproductive years spent as much as 68 percent more than men in out-of-pocket health care costs, due in part to the cost of prescription contraceptives and the various costs of unintended pregnancies, including health risks, premature deliveries and increased neonatal care. Assembly, Senate and legislative staff analyses of the bills that became the [birth control law] consistently identify the elimination of this economic inequity as the bills’ principal object…

Strongly enhancing the state’s interest is the circumstance that any exemption from the WCEA sacrifices the affected women’s interest in receiving equitable treatment with respect to health benefits. We are unaware of any decision in which this court, or the United States Supreme Court, has exempted a religious objector from the operation of a neutral, generally applicable law despite the recognition that the requested exemption would detrimentally affect the rights of third parties… [I]n rejecting a religious employer’s challenge to a law requiring him to pay Social Security and unemployment taxes for his employees, the [Supreme C]ourt wrote that “[g]ranting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.

As ThinkProgress notes, the only justice to vote in favor of striking down the contraceptive coverage mandate in California previously compared liberalism to “slavery” and social security to a “socialist revolution.”

Oh, and before anyone howls about “liberal California,” all six justices on California’s Supreme Court were Republican. 

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Four Tips for Male Journalists Who Want to Discuss Women’s Health

Some advice to male talking heads on covering reproductive rights…

Of the 146 guests who have come on cable news shows to discuss the decision between Monday and Thursday, 91 were men. MSNBC’s Morning Joe has come under fire from Democratic congresswomen for not inviting women, other than show co-host Mika Brzezinski, who disapproved of the Obama administration’s initial policy, to appear on the program. And at Politico, Mike Allen’s presented the White House’s decision-making process as a boys-against-girls fight pitting strategy-minded male advisors against women who were tightly focused on the actual issue at hand: making sure women can get insurance-covered access to contraceptives. And since men in media seem to have so much trouble figuring out how to cover women’s health issues, it’s time to help them out with some simple advice.

Here’s the thing about birth control: It’s for people who don’t want to become pregnant, nor be responsible for getting someone pregnant. However, hormonal birth control has other applications besides preventing pregnancy. It’s used to treat many health conditions.

All in all, this is pretty good advice for covering this issue and not sounding like a total chauvinist tool. I’m getting sick of the moralistic lecturing that I see on both liberal and conservative outlets. My brain has been playing this gif on a loop:

Why? Because restricting access to contraception in any way makes the above more likely. Also, Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) - you might restrict it, but you’ll never ban it. This assault on contraceptive coverage is one more piece of the war on those who’d like control of their bodies and the decision to bear a child.

Note to Catholic bishops - while you worry about hormonal birth control maybe preventing some maybe-not Catholic children being born, children who were already born died of starvation and preventable disease. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Springs diocese starts 12-step program for gays

The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs is borrowing a page from Alcoholics Anonymous by launching a 12-step program that offers pastoral care and support for homosexuals.

“It’s not about therapy and not about activism,” said the Rev. Larry Brennan, diocese director of priest formation. “It’s about support.”

The Catholic Church views homosexual relations as a sin, but not homosexual thoughts. It expects those with same-sex attraction to be celibate.

“The exercise of sexuality is reserved for marriage, and that can only happen between a man and a woman,” Brennan said.

Jim Fitzgerald, executive director of Call to Action, a national progressive Catholic group headquartered in Chicago, is skeptical of Twelve Steps of Courage because he contends homosexuality isn’t sinful.

“It restricts people’s freedom to be the kind of person they were created to be,” Fitzgerald said of Courage.

Colorado Springs = theocracy rising. This is just wrong and potentially damaging. 

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Pope Is No Tea Partier: Benedict Backs Guaranteed Health Care For All

As newly empowered Republicans prepare a congressional agenda topped by a promise to repeal health care reform, Pope Benedict XVI has strongly reiterated Catholic teaching that universal health care is an “inalienable right” that must be guaranteed by every nation and society. 

"It is necessary to work with greater commitment at all levels so that the right to health is rendered effective, favoring access to primary health care," Benedict said in a message on Thursday to the 25th annual conference of the Vatican office that promotes health care ministry. 

"Health justice should be among the priorities of governments and international institutions," he added. 

The pope said that establishing this goal requires “a true distributive justice that guarantees to all, on the basis of objective needs, adequate care,” and, “The social doctrine of the Church has always evidenced the importance of distributive justice and of social justice in the different sectors of human relations.”

This, after the pope backs condom use in some cases? Is the Catholic Church taking baby steps into the 21st Century?

In other news, Glenn Beck just got a new target based on social and distributive justice.

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wild child, full of grace: Wisconsin Catholic Diocese Covers Birth Control, Plans to Fire Employees Who Use it

A Wisconsin state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires any commercial insurance policy with drug benefits to include prescription contraceptives in their coverage. While this is a fair and reasonable piece of legislation, the Catholic Diocese in Madison, Wisconsin, is telling employees they’ll…

Wow. Just wow. Isn’t this a violation of privacy laws, not to mention human dignity? 

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