There's new legislation in Virginia allowing private yet state-subsidized adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation if, you know, they feel it violates their religious or moral convictions. So much for the wall of separation between Church and State.
Catholic leaders know they have not persuaded one another, the public, or their own laity, to agree that contraception is evil. The belief that contraception is intrinsically evil, though sincere, does not make it true.
Belmont Abbey College argued in court that it was a secular institution in order to receive state funds, but then removed birth control from its employee health care plan. Their reason? The Catholic Church.
Issues encompassing welfare, contraception, abortion and sex education remain at the nexus of an ideological agenda that marginalizes and imputes inferiority and sexual sin to women and minorities, while protecting male power and prerogatives of behavior.