Sr. Fiedler may finally be having some memory problems. She has a deeply confused and poorly written piece in the National catholic Fishwrap lauding the Magisterium of Hillary Clinton, who definitively teaches Fishwrap about the human rights of people who do unnatural things with their bodies.
Sr. Fiedler’s article is bad all the way through, indeed so bad that I shouldn’t be spending much time on it. But there is one particular problem that I have to point out.
Here she is. Just be patient.
In short, Secretary Clinton said the human rights and equality of all human persons include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. And she injected that sentiment directly into the foreign policy of the United States, saying that the U.S. will defend that principle with both foreign aid decisions and diplomacy. It was a breathtaking statement in many ways, but one that should be applauded by everyone concerned about universal human rights. I may be wrong, but I have yet to hear any Catholic bishop praise that statement. [The bishops oppose gay marriage, but they claim to defend the equal rights of LGBT people otherwise].
Sr. Fiedler doesn’t realize that we already have a Pope and a Magisterium and that Catholics don’t look to Hillary Clinton and the Magisterium of Nuns for their understanding of “human rights”. Sr. Fiedler thinks the US Bishops should be listening to …. Hillary Clinton?
Shades of the Patriotic Church in China! The Fishwrap and their tribe think that the Bishops should take their marching orders from the People’s Party… so long as the People’s Party is not… well… that other party.
But here is the important thing to understand about just how deeply wrong and confused Fiedler and the Fishwrap have become.
Since we have a Pope, we should consider what he has to say about the confusion of civil rights and human rights.
Pope Benedict, in his address to the UN and speaking about the UN’s Declaration on Human rights, underscored the problems that result from a confusion of civil rights (from positive law) and human rights (from natural law and therefore from our having been made by God in His image). Benedict says that giving civil rights to some group or class does not thereby point to previously unrecognized human rights. For Benedict, civil rights should be founded on human rights, which are prior and superior to civil rights. Civil rights, just because they are legislated, do not by that fact alter human rights. People are more and more talking about human rights as a common point of reference for all peoples. They seem to be misusing or misunderstanding that human rights are grounded in what God has made. Civil rights, legislated by man, do not alter what God has made.
Civil rights must properly reflect what God has written into the human person.
When the Holy Father spoke at the UN General Assembly, he said this. Remember: he is primarily dealing with abortion and speaking in “UN-speak”. You have to think about what is he is saying. It pertains perfectly to the topic:
“Experience shows that legality often prevails over justice when the insistence upon rights makes them appear as the exclusive result of legislative enactments or normative decisions taken by the various agencies of those in power. When presented purely in terms of legality, rights risk becoming weak propositions divorced from the ethical and rational dimension which is their foundation and their goal.
And this, from Benedict’s Message for World Day of Peace 2007:
“Today, however, peace is not only threatened by the conflict between reductive visions of man, in other words, between ideologies. It is also threatened by indifference as to what constitutes man’s true nature. Many of our contemporaries actually deny the existence of a specific human nature and thus open the door to the most extravagant interpretations of what essentially constitutes a human being. Here too clarity is necessary: a ‘weak’ vision of the person, which would leave room for every conception, even the most bizarre, only apparently favours peace. [Get that Fishwrap?]