Friday, September 28, 2007

The Gods of Secularism

Catholics in America need to start being very concerned about the willingness of the government to interfere in Church matters.

Liberals have long since cried "Separation of Church and State!" as a rallying cry designed to make it well-nigh impossible for religious organizations to be present in the public square. From taking down Christmas displays on government property to wiping all references to Christianity from the schools to fostering the creation of work environments where any mention of religious faith is stifled as being opposed to the "core value" of "diversity," liberals in America have been tireless in their determination to create a wholly secular society, one in which people with strong religious beliefs are seen as a quaint throwback, a cultural curiosity, powerless and silent.

But the gods of secularism are petty gods. They won't be appeased by half-measures. They demand the enshrinement of their dogma: the destruction of the human family, and the elevation of the divine autonomous individual doing whatever he or she likes without fear of negative consequences or societal disapproval. All must fall before that twisted doctrine; everything but that is expendable, everything but that can be slated for destruction.

Like in Massachusetts, when Catholic Charities stopped placing children for adoption rather than follow state law--and violate Church teaching--by placing children with homosexual couples. There wasn't even a question of state funding: the state issued an ultimatum, that the Church either had to place children with homosexual couples, or the Church would lose its license to place children for adoption at all. In this instance, Archbishop O'Malley chose the path of moral responsibility, and shut down Catholic Charities' adoption services. The gods of secularism were pleased to be given such power over the Church.

Then there is Connecticut, and this story. Catholic bishops have been fighting the new state law that requires all hospitals, Catholic or not, to give the abortifacient Plan B pill to rape victims. The Catholic bishops have decided to comply with the law. Theoretically, the hospital will insist on a pregnancy test before giving Plan B, but since most employees of these so-called "Catholic" hospitals in America will quite cheerfully, if quite quietly, violate the hospitals' Catholic ethics code on other forms of abortifacient contraception and will, in fact, hand them out like candy, I foresee that the pregnancy test requirement will be ridiculed and dropped by most of the ER doctors faced with rape victims. Of course, since an ovulation test isn't required it's quite possible that the Plan B pills will cause abortions anyway, even if the pregnancy test requirement is adhered to very strictly.

Frankly, the bishops needed to stand up to this, and they didn't. They've opened the door for the state of Connecticut to require whatever unethical or immoral medical procedures they want; don't think such requirements won't be forthcoming. The gods of secularism are very triumphant--nothing pleases them more to be able to force the Church to sacrifice to Moloch, in the names of the secular gods of equality and choice.

Of course, it's hard to blame the bishops of Connecticut. The precedent, in many ways, was set when Catholic Charities in California was forced to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees, because Catholic Charities didn't meet the narrow exception provided by the law mandating such coverage. There was a tiny window of opportunity for the Catholic bishops of California: they could have removed all employee health insurance coverage, or they could have closed down Catholic Charities altogether, rather than comply with this unjust and evil law. But they didn't--and now more and more states are mandating that the Church pay for immoral contraception coverage for employees. The gods of secularism are amused; it delights them that the Church has to pay for the temporary chemical sterilization of other Catholics, many of whom have no idea what the Church actually teaches about contraception in the first place.

What does the future hold for Catholics in America?

Will our churches lose their tax-exempt status for refusing to bow to the gods of secularism on gay marriage? Or will our leaders work out an evil compromise, refusing to speak the Church's teachings clearly in order to retain this status?

Will our churches speak loudly and clearly about the evils of abortion and contraception? Or will they speak, but will their actions of appeasement and compromise blur the clarity of the message?

Will our Catholic hospitals refuse to have anything to do with "cures" for disease manufactured from embryonic stem cells? Or will they shroud themselves in layers of careful nuance and continue on with the status quo, hand in glove with the culture of death?

As I said at the beginning of this post, Catholics in America need to start being very concerned about the willingness of the government to interfere in Church matters.

And Catholics in America need to start being very, very concerned about the willingness of the Church to let the government interfere.

If the gods of secularism win in the end, the cry "Separation of Church and State!" will become the pretext on which all civil rights will be stripped from those who hold sincere religious beliefs. And the "wall of separation" between Church and State will be the means used to wall us in, lest our religious values taint and infect the crowds of wild revelers worshiping the gods of selfish hedonism and the vile wild emptiness of cultural excess and individual narcissistic adulation.

7 comments:

Opal said...

"To administer Plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act," the bishops said in a statement released through the Connecticut Catholic Conference. "Since the teaching authority of the Church has not definitively resolved this matter and since there is serious doubt about how Plan B pills work, the Catholic bishops of Connecticut have stated that Catholic hospitals in the state may follow protocols that do not require an ovulation test in the treatment of victims of rape."

It seems to clear to us that this is wrong. My heart aches for the rape victim. I can only imagine that during a traumatic time as that, would I be able to concentrate or think enough to know that the "pill" a nurse may be giving me is wrong? You would like to know that in a Catholic Hospital you wouldn't even be tempted with something that is evil. Man, the blog world is going crazy over this tonight.
I think I will go and say an extra decade for rape victims tonight.

Red Cardigan said...

Opal, I would agree that rape is a terrible crime, and that a woman who seeks medical care shouldn't be put into a position like this; however, I have to disagree with the bishops. If there were no way at all to tell whether or not pregnancy might have occurred, their argument, though I'd still disagree, might have some merit; but a simple ovulation test can answer the question of potential pregnancy rather clearly, and even a Catholic rape victim who knows there is no chance that she could be pregnant (due to the ovulation test results) could then accept this pill with a clear conscience, if she so chose.

My greater fear is that this is a "slippery slope" to making the so-called "morning after pill" as available in Catholic hospitals as, shamefully enough, some other forms of contraception are. At some point in the future a woman won't even have to claim that she has been raped to be given this pill in a Catholic hospital--and no one will care if an early abortion takes place at all.

Jennifer F. said...

Another great post. Your site is quickly becoming one of my very favorite blogs!

Opal said...

"My greater fear is that this is a "slippery slope" to making the so-called "morning after pill" as available in Catholic hospitals as, shamefully enough, some other forms of contraception are. At some point in the future a woman won't even have to claim that she has been raped to be given this pill in a Catholic hospital--and no one will care if an early abortion takes place at all."

I so agree with you and I do not understand WHY they can not offer the ovulation test. It is CRAZY. Another situation that I never even dreamed of is a pharmicist on another blog stated that the way the Bishops are responding to this is putting her in a perdicament; she will not fill any abc or morning after pills. They in essence are making it more difficult for her to say she can't, when they are saying we can!
God Help Us All.

Red Cardigan said...

Jennifer, thanks! :)

Opal, I never thought about how hard this will make things for the pharmacists!! Here are the bishops essentially saying that Catholics can dispense this pill. I will pray for your friend, and for all the courageous pharmacists out there fighting this battle on the front lines.

Anonymous said...

How sad that the Catholic Charities would rather a child have no family than a sinful one. My 3 (homemade) children have sinful parents. Perhaps Catholic charities ought to remove them and all the other children like mine who reside in homes where sins are committed. Oh wait, that is EVERY home.

Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous commenter, you'd really have to understand the Church's teaching on homosexuality and why the Church considers placing a child with so-called "gay parents" to be an act of unjust violence against the child to be able to appreciate what the Church is doing here. Reducing it to silly nonsense like "How sad that the Catholic Charities would rather a child have no family than a sinful one.." only displays your ignorance of Church teaching on this subject.

In a manner of speaking, what the Church teaches shows that the Church doesn't actually consider to same-sex people who decide to share a home for some indeterminate amount of time to be a "family." So in placing children with homosexual couples, the Church would be, in fact, sending them to live with "no family."

I recommend that you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject at the very least.