It had to happen.
Fishwrap is blaming Pres. Obama’s attack on religious freedom on the US Bishops, and their unsophisticated notion of conscience.
Bishops’ conscience model makes light of practical reason
Jan. 23, 2012
By David DeCosse
What if the clashes over conscience between the American Catholic bishops and the Obama Administration are driven in great measure not by anti-Catholicism nor by creeping totalitarianism but by the very model of conscience used by the bishops themselves? [Hey! We've got to be practical!]
The next year may provide a decisive answer to this question.
On Friday, the Federal Department of Health and Human Services announced that religious institutions would have a year before they would be required to make contraception available at no cost to all female employees. In response, the Catholic Health Association both criticized the HHS statement and called for an “effective national conversation on the appropriate conscience protections in our pluralistic country.” [That's code for "Find a way to comply with Pres. Obama's agenda." Sr. Keehan, GIVE BACK THAT PEN!] Will the Church in the next year enter into such a conversation and possibly find solutions that balance the concerns of religious freedom with the respect for democratic equality? How this question is finally answered may well depend on what conceptual model of the Catholic conscience the Church brings to the table.
There is a lot more, but I think this get’s the essence of it.
If only the Bishops in the USA had a more sophisticated understanding of “conscience”!
These poor bishops still think that Catholics must conform their consciences to the teachings of the Church! Of the Magisterium of Bishops!
They still think that a Catholic’s conscience must be shaped according to the mind of the Church.
But WE are Church! And our consciences are SUPREME!
Fishwrap thinks that the Catholic Health Association can help us understand this better.
Remember, abetted by the Fishwrap, Sr. Keehan and the Magisterium of Nuns have set themselves up as the alternative teaching body over and against the authority of the bishops.
They have a track record in helping catholic dems in Congress ignore the Catholic bishops and vote in favor of a problem that must inevitably provide taxpayer money for abortions. The Magisterium of Nuns gave them cover.
Be sure to write to Archbp. Dolan, President of the USCCB, and remind him to read the Fishwrap’s suggestion that the Bishops are standing in the way of practical solutions. Urge the bishops to follow the lead of the Magisterium of Nuns!