When my parents came to visit me for the first time in Washington, D.C., it coincidentally was a big day for reproductive health: The EACH Woman Act was being introduced. I decided to use that as an opportunity to finally have a talk about my abortion advocacy work.
In a political landscape that seems destined to pit bibles against birth control for as long as the culture wars shall persist, the Religious Institute is just one of numerous organizations advocating for contraceptive access, abortion rights, and LGBTQ rights motivated by—and not despite—Christian faith.
The payoff for getting into debates with today’s Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.
Just because she was officially rebuked, she hasn’t backed down. Sister Donna Quinn, the Chicago Roman Catholic nun who was reprimanded last month for her years of work volunteering as an abortion clinic escort, is still backing women’s rights.
Because of the tremendous work done in the 60s and 70s, my generation can sit around and have conversations about our feelings about abortion. But we need to remember that what matters politically is the legal right to have an abortion, without which these conversations are moot.
The recent trend of refusing Communion to pro-choice politicians is a prime example of how flawed leadership is weakening the Catholic Church.
Catholic tradition influenced Ted Kennedy the Senator and the man. But he did not wear his religion on his sleeve, instead grounding his commitment in the experiences of the poor, immigrants, women, LGBT persons and others.
We shouldn’t be surprised when LifeSiteNews takes offense to a nun who claims that social and economic justice, including affordable health care, are part of God’s vision.
As the recession gets worse, more Catholics are shifting their political opinions, or becoming more open to compromise and dialogue about that and other issues.
The implication that political power lies in the Catholic hierarchy rather than in Catholics will only alienate the faithful.