With friends like this, women don't need enemies:
A refusal to cover artificial birth control as a matter of conscience does not deny women contraceptive services. They can pay for birth control just like they can pay for any uncovered, optional procedure or medication. If they can't afford it, Planned Parenthood proudly provides such services. Women can also select an employer whose insurance plan covers contraceptives.
Of course this jackass leaves out the fact that others like him are (somewhat successfully) trying to defund and then destroy Planned Parenthood. Par for the course with Little Ricky, though. List options that aren't really options. The core of his diatribe deals with a conflict between the military and one of its Archbishops:
Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services wrote a letter opposing the ruling and instructed Catholic chaplains to read the missive as part of Mass. That instruction was initially rebuked by the Army's Office of the Chief of Chaplains, which ordered that the letter not be read aloud, but instead distributed in written form.
Stunning. I never thought I would see the day when an archbishop of my church would be forced to fight a government official over what is said at Mass.
Yeah, well. When you put on the uniform, they take it unkindly when you verbally attack the Commander-In-Chief's administration, and preach to others in uniform that they should disobey their superiors. And just to say it, that part about "It is a blow to a freedom you have fought to defend and for which you have seen your buddies fall in battle" pissed me off quite a bit.
You'll also see at the bottom of his letter a link to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' website. Where, among other confusing advice, you'll find their solution to the domestic violence problem:
Many church ministers want to help abused women but worry that they are not experts on domestic violence. Clergy may hesitate to preach about domestic violence because they are unsure what to do if an abused woman approaches them for help.
We ask them to keep in mind that intervention by church ministers has three goals, in the following order:
1.Safety for the victim and children;
2.Accountability for the abuser; and
3.Restoration of the relationship (if possible), or mourning over the loss of the relationship.
Finally, we emphasize that no person is expected to stay in an abusive marriage. Some abused women believe that church teaching on the permanence of marriage requires them to stay in an abusive relationship. They may hesitate to seek a separation or divorce. They may fear that they cannot re-marry in the Church. Violence and abuse, not divorce, break up a marriage. We encourage abused persons who have divorced to investigate the possibility of seeking an annulment. An annulment, which determines that the marriage bond is not valid, can frequently open the door to healing.
Oh, that's very helpful. Get back together with a husband that beats you, or get the marriage legally annulled. Which (I'm not a lawyer, so grain of salt) probably leaves the woman with no claim to marital assets.
I didn't mean to make this an attack on the Catholic Church. But if the Bishops want to roll up their sleeves and fight against women, they're going to wish they hadn't. It ain't the 14th Century anymore, your Graces.
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