The myth of freedom is that by believing someone else can act as an intermediary between ourselves and God makes the intermediary sacred. In fact the truth--God, the Universe, the Divine --is already within us.
By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.
The treatment of a pregnant Tallahassee mother, Samantha Burton, by her obstetrician may well rank among the most egregious abuses perpetrated against a patient by her caregiver since the triumph of the patients' rights movement.