The Pontifical North American College, or whoever is responsible for instructing America's Catholic Priestly class, must offer a course in Godwinism: everyone with whom you have even a minor disagreement is a Nazi. This is a move repugnant even to the most stoned college freshman who's just been busted for pot smoking. For him, at least, the phrase "floor fascist" has some modicum of irony.
Not so, sadly, for the venerable leaders of the Catholic Church in Chicago. When a persecuted minority wanted to walk by a Church on the public way, they were the KKK. Now, it turns out, the requirement that non Catholics have access to birth control in health plans offered by Catholics and Catholic Institutions (save actual Churches and similar organizations), has one Bishop screaming both Stalin and Hitler (from the Chicago Tribune):
“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda — now seems intent on following a similar path.”
To me this sends a terrible lesson to the Catholic faithful. It is not the case that every disagreement with widely neglected Catholic teachings is equivalent to (what they imagine to be) some kind of Nazi or Stalinist assault on their right to practice their faith.
This means, of course, that we can't have rational disagreements about such issues, as everyone knows that the only response to Hitler was war.
And war, as the good Bishops ought to know, is a last resort. And even it has rules.
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On the one hand, allowing "the gays" to march past the church is like letting the KKK directly attack Catholics, so the government should step in and protect the rights of the Church. On the other hand, forcing Catholics to provide contraception coverage for employees is totalitarianism. So, the use of government power, according to George, is only appropriate when protecting the rights of the Church.
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