I think it will come as no surprise to anyone that I have strong opinions about a myriad of topics. The Catholic Church among them. I am strongly anti-Catholic church, but not Catholic people. I have no issue with someone who chooses to follow the faith, it just isn't for me. One of the reasons that I feel so strongly about it is the hypocrisy of allowing people like Nanny Pelosi to meet with the pope and to receive communion, especially in his presence. My church wouldn't allow someone like the strongly pro-abortion politician to receive communion. You want to espouse those ideas so publicly and pass the laws that undermine church teaching you shouldn't be allowed to partake in receiving the holy sacraments.
But my opinion doesn't cloud my judgement when it comes to the autonomy that
they should receive when it comes to the right to worship. Catholic Charities
does works around the entire world for the betterment of society. They help the
forgotten children get into the homes of the childless among many other things.
I know several people who adopted through Catholic Charities.
More than 90% of the homeless shelters and soup kitchens in this country
alone are run by faith-based groups. They never ask what faith, if any, you
are. They will give you shelter and food. They will give one time loans to the
people who may be on the verge of homelessness. They help people with young
children keep the electricity and heat on in their homes. They clothe the
In the aftermath of Katrina the faith-based groups worked tirelessly to help
the victims get back on their feet. They are still there in some cases. The
same is true of Haiti. Our world is a better place because of faith-based
Over the weekend at CPAC I was having dinner with a friend who ran into a
friend who is a liberal and she joined us for dinner. She told me that she
didn't see it as an attack on the church. She reminded me that many catholic
women use birth control. Ok, I suppose that is true. But it doesn't matter if
many Catholic women use birth control or not. The church doesn't run by polls.
It runs by a doctrine based upon the belief system set out in the bible. Just
because many of the "faithful" choose not to follow the doctrine doesn't mean
that the doctrine doesn't exist. It doesn't mean that the doctrine should be
changed. It doesn't mean that the doctrine is misguided. Nor does it mean that
the church should have to pay for it. All human beings fall short of the will
of God. Every last one of us. Sadly, far too many Christians fall into the
cafeteria style religion that has become all to common in modern-day society.
We pick and choose what we take from the faith and leave the things that we find
hard or go against what modern-day society tells us is acceptable in the world.
This being the case makes it even more imperative that the church stands its
ground. The moral guidance that faith gives our society should not be watered
The exemption for faith-based groups exist. They are so stringent that they
hard to achieve, but not impossible. I once worked for a charity called the prison fellowship
ministries. I only worked there on a contract basis, but the full-time
employees have to sign something saying that they accept Jesus Christ as their
savior. If you are unwilling to sign it, you can't be an employee there. It is
that simple. But most faith-based charities don't require that. You can be of
any faith to work there and they will help anyone of any faith, or lack
I asked this woman if she would be alright if Catholic charities and other
faith-based groups stopped helping people of different faiths. She told me she
would fine with that. Really? You are willing to forgo the good these
organizations do just to prove a point about birth control? I was stunned to
say the least. I would like to think she doesn't have a firm idea of what
faith-based groups do around the world.
But I got to thinking, maybe that is the point. Maybe this is the whole
reason that they are pushing this. Stay with me now. Say that many faith-based
groups do decide to change the way they run their organizations. They will only
administer help to people within their own faith in order to stay in compliance
with the exemption. What happens to all the others who will no longer be
getting the help that they give? They have to turn to the state. Especially if
they are not people of faith.
It would be virtually impossible for the faith-based groups to know if the
people they are helping are truly people of that faith. I wouldn't put it past
atheist activists to try to get services from a faith-based group and then
publicize the fact that they were not truly just administering to the
"faithful". Many good people would lose jobs at Catholic University's and
hospitals. Many people in need of service would be turned away.
Many government grants go to
Catholic charity groups all over the country. They are much better at
administering to the needs of the poor and underprivileged. This will all have
to stop. The programs again would fall back to the pervue of the federal and
state governments. The entire reason that they were given to the
faith-based groups in the first place was that they helped more people for less
money. They understand the needs of an individual community much better because
they live there. They dont' fall into the one size fits all mentality that is
the norm with government based programs.
So the next time that President Obama talks about helping the poor we need to
remind ourselves of the damage he will cause by pushing this mandate to its
logical conclusion. The poor will become even more underserved, unless of
course they happen to be of the same faith of the organization down the street
that could and would help.
I don't think this was the hope and change that people voted for.