As we gear up to defend ourselves, as Catholics--and all Americans--from President Obama's declaration of war against religious freedom, one hopes a "liberal" publication such as the National (so called) Catholic Reporter would be on our side.
Well, to date the NCR has published two great articles from Michael Sean Winters, a pro-Obama blogger who is furious at the President for his administration's order that employers, regardless of religious principles, must pay to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, as part of health care. This, of course, applies to churches, with only the slimmest exemption that may apply to parishes, perhaps parochial schools, but no farther.
But it has also published two articles explicitly attacking the bishops and endorsing this move by our government.
Then, today, is a fairly neutral article describing our bishops gearing up. The bishops, thank God, are roused with righteous anger, as we all should be.
Well, I'll let you find your way over there to see the mostly depressing comments by NCR's readers.
To their mind, the bishops refusing to go along represents an imposition by Catholics on the rest of our country!
If the matter were not so weighty, it would be comical. Editors of the NCR: do you read the comments from your own readers?
It reminds me of the demands, by King Henry VIII's minions, of Thomas More. He was content to resign as chancellor, and to remain silent ever after about the King's actions regarding his Queen and Parliament's declaration that the King--not the pope--was head of the Church in England. More simply asked to remain silent. He refused to sign the oath, but he refused to give any reason.
This was intolerable. Thus a show trial was trumped up, with perjured testimony, in order to send him to the gallows. Of course all this is vividly depicted in the famous play, "A Man For All Seasons." If I can imbed it properly, here's the scene from youtube:
I'd heartily recommend a viewing if you are looking for something to do on a winter's evening.