Ending the US hierarchy's alliance with government
CWN - February 22, 2012
Christopher Manion argues in Crisis that the American Catholic bishops should have recognized long ago the dangers of government interference in religious affairs. But the bishops were tugged in the opposite direction, he says, by a long-standing alliance with government—an alliance that should now be ended.
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Posted by: chasann113163 -
Feb. 23, 2012 8:08 AM ET USA
In Reply to Agnesday- Well said,and an Idea worth looking into. Lets tell it like it on National T.V.
Posted by: koinonia -
Feb. 23, 2012 7:07 AM ET USA
One might make the observation that the US bishops should have recognized alot of things harmful to the Church and to souls. But it is hard to break up relationships with those with whom one shares the same beliefs, hopes and aspirations. The road to Hades can be paved with good intentions. That is why the Church has traditionally rested upon principles in some way, shape or form associated with sound doctrine and in concert with the Natural Law.
Posted by: Savonarola -
Feb. 22, 2012 6:05 PM ET USA
Superb and insightful piece by Dr. Manion. And, of course, the alliance between the USCCB and the federal government was always a violation of the Catholic principle of subsidiarity.
Posted by: AgnesDay -
Feb. 22, 2012 5:18 PM ET USA
I say we take the fight to them--60 second commercials from the Church on why contraception is forbidden by Church teaching. Nothing but the clear unvarnished, but beautiful truth. Heck, Catholics have seldom heard this: it's time we taught the world.