Catholics and the Heretical Agenda
From American Life League
The nation's oldest Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization.
By Judie Brown, President
June 1, 2012
Tomorrow American Life League is hosting its annual Pill Kills symposium in Washington, D.C.
Today's commentary addresses this and encourages clergy within the Church to be stronger leaders when it comes to teaching about the pill.
To obstinately deny an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church is an act of heresy.
That being said, when it comes to contraception, a variety of studies and surveys conclude that the majority of Catholic women support the practice of contraception.
The reality is that most Catholics do not oppose the use of contraception, nor do they think it is sinful to use it.
Even though the Church has always taught that the use of contraception separates an individual from Christ, the average Catholic is either unaware of this or is in denial about it.
In fact, what is provable is that Catholic women use contraception at the same rate as their non-Catholic counterparts.
This is precisely what the fundamental problem isa crisis in authority within the Church, not the Obama administration mandate.
The infallible teaching of the Church does not change with modern practices or Gallup poll results or federal regulations.
But when the faithful refuse to understand such teaching or fail to comprehend the gravity of offending God by certain actions, the challenge is to remedy the situation.
This has nothing to do with Obama or his mandate, but rather it has everything to do with the clear possibility that the Church's bureaucracythe United States Conference of Catholic Bishopswill lose this political battle because Catholics will not accept truth.
From my perspective I find it truly deplorable that, in opposing the Obama mandate on contraception and attempting to muster Catholic action in opposition to the mandate, the USCCB does not understand why there is so much apathy among Catholics in the first place.
The bishops' failure to teach has apparently not occurred to them as yet.
The bishops, if truly concerned about the state of the Catholic soul in a grave matter such as the acceptance of contraception, must begin investing individually in catechesis, homiletics, and personal involvement.
They must refute the cultural norms by standing in the gap to defend and teach the faithful, making every effort to save souls.
Lobbying will not accomplish this.
Petition campaigns will not accomplish this.
But through grace and the strong will to defy the status quo and begin anew to educate the individuals within their flock, the Catholic bishops can accomplish this.
They may get bad press, guffaws from political pundits, and derision among dissenters within the priesthood and without, but that is the price to be paid for teaching truth in a cultural moral freefall.