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Fortnight for Freedom - Social Justice Priorities: Life and Religious Liberty | First Things

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  1. Anonymous27 June, 2012

    Interesting situation. Will be interesting to see how it comes out. I don't think anyone will argue that the Catholic teaching authority has lost it's authority over women's reproductive rights and marital divorce. Authority over the practice of elective abortion might be arguable but nobody can argue the fact that Catholic women have abortions at virtually the same rate, for the same reasons and from the same sources as the general population in every country in the World, whether abortion is legal there or not.

    The Catholic teaching authority now would like to regain some of it's power by couching the question of whether all employers should offer the same health insurance benefits as one of purely religious liberty. If they are successful, they may be able to unseat incumbent President Barack Obama in the next US general election this coming November. If they are unsuccessful, they will lose much of what moral authority they have left. You can't really blame them. They have to try....and are bound to continue to lose moral authority anyway.

    I do not care for the Catholic clerical leadership and do not agree with virtually any of their current goals to re evangelize the church along reactionary, traditionalist lines. Still, I understand why they believe they must act as they do.

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