Bishops face internal challenges in contraception battle

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(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.

  • Bart

    If the 30+ million Catholic women who use birth control would stop enabling this male dominated group of sexually obsessed old fools, leave the church, withhold their donations, I’d bet dollars to communion crackers the Bishops would have a revelation.

  • ctdkite

    Considering his last piece for RNS has been roundly criticized as inaccurate, perhaps RNS should find someone other than Gibson to report on the Catholic bishops. By most measures, the bishops and the laity are more unified on this issue than they have been on any other issue for years.

    Hasn’t moved the Catholics to mass opposition? Not according to congressional staff, who have not seen so many emails, phone calls, and letters from Catholics in years.

    And what does this have to do with the election? The bishops aren’t in this to influence the election, so why bring voter’s views about the election into this?

    Really, it seems as though Gibson is searching for a story that does not exist.

  • Bart

    ctd said: “By most measures, the bishops and the laity are more unified on this issue than they have been on any other issue for years.”

    Really. Most measures? What measures? The same evidence exists for that statement as does for talking snakes, virin births, and reanimation of the dead. But evidence has never been the strong suit of religionists.

    Here’s a novel thought, lets go to documented independent (AKA not Catholic) sources. The following is extracted from the Feb 7 edition of USA Today :

    “58% of all Catholics agree employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception. That slides down to 52% for Catholic voters, 50% for white Catholics.” …. “…a majority of voters, including a majority of Catholics, don’t believe Catholic hospitals and universities should be exempted from providing the benefit.”

    Now, of that 58% one could reasonably surmise that catholic women in opposition to the bishops would exceed 75%, since 98% of all women in the USA say they use/used contraception.

    So where exactly is this unpreceddented agreement with the bishops? I’m proffering in the mind of Catholics who are so used to controlling women’s reproductive rights that they can’t admit to anything else, least of all dissent.