Santorum's virtual ignoring of environmental issues may be correct or incorrect, depending on your point of view. But it is not orthodox Catholicism -- at least not the morally, politically and spiritually serious Catholicism of 2012.
I respectfully wonder if the church and political leaders opposed to contraception could meditate on that for a moment, and instead of fulminating against one of the only solutions we have, devote their time and energy towards alleviating this ongoing tragedy of suffering in the world.
Please, my moderate, loving Christian brothers and sisters, will you take the stand to assert that true Christianity embraces ALL members and supports equality for everyone, including non-Christians, homosexuals in their quest for marriage, and women for reproductive freedom?
In my 15th year of Catholic education, I am very familiar with the Catholic Church's opposition to birth control despite the fact that 98 percent of Catholic women have used contraception. This underscores the huge gap between the views of the Church and practicing Catholics.
This week's topics include contraception and Catholics; the new Obama-Muslim meme; the Republican war against women; feminism Twitter war; Roland Martin suspended and Erickson still employed; homophobia; and more.
Members of Congress love to talk about their families. So we should be able to tell whether or not members who say they don't believe that contraception is an essential aspect of health care, especially for women, are likely users of contraception.
If a religious organization abjures condoms or The Pill or blood transfusions, that's their right. It should not be their management's right, even if the managers wear vestments, to impose those religions strictures on the bodies of their workers.
For full disclosure, I am a Catholic, I am a Democrat and I am a woman. I am also someone who if push came to shove can afford to pay over the counter for birth control. But the false outcry this week over the need to cover birth control has made me raving mad.
As a church, we need to re-examine the ways we are supporting (or failing to support) women and men who are struggling with sexuality, the economy, and the difficult decisions involved in responsible parenting.
This egregious violation of religious freedom marks the first time in our history that the federal government is forcing religious people and groups to ante up for services that violate their consciences.