no right or wrong

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 27, 2007

Lawmakers in Connecticut just don't understand why Catholic officials wouldn't want to dispense "emergency contraception" (which often means abortifacient) pills to rape victims in Church-administered hospitals. And politicians don't protect what they don't understand, so the state senate passed legislation requiring hospitals to furnish the pills.

But wait. In a nod to the delicate Catholic conscience, the senators offered a compromise plan: Catholic hospitals could have nurses come in from outside to administer the pills. That way, the hospitals could claim innocence. Unborn babies would still die, but the employees at the Catholic hospital wouldn't have done the killing themselves. They would only have watched. What could be fairer than that?

But if you read the whole story, you realize that the lawmakers aren't the only ones causing confusion. For one thing, senators had trouble understanding why the rules of Catholic morality seemd to shift according to geography:

Supporters of the legislation also cited the differing stances of the Catholic churches in the different states. "What is ethical (for Catholic hospitals) in New York … and what is ethical in New Jersey, is evidently something that is not ethical in Connecticut," said state Sen. Toni N. Harp, D-New Haven.

She has a point, you know. Catholic leaders need to do a better job explaining what's right and wrong, and why.

Oh, wait a minute again. Here it comes, a few paragraphs down. Barry Feldman, spokesman for the Connecticut bishops, is presenting his case:

"When it comes to religious beliefs and moral values, no position is right or wrong," said Feldman.

I give up.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 2:44 PM ET USA

    To be a valid, a philosophy must be correct at all times especially in the moral order. Feldman misses the point in saying there is no right or wrong. If he is correct, then something can be right today and wrong tomorrow. Then the Felman's theory is itself flawed because it can be wrong. Relativism is a coward's way out of a moral decision.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 7:53 AM ET USA

    I do not think the Bishops have learned anything, especially in the North East. Look at the incompetence of their lawyers and spokespeople. Also, by the answers given by the Bishops; you can tell just where they are in the political world. Most of them are "Run by the State" in other words they are so worried about loosing the "C" exemption of tax law that they have stopped teaching the authentic teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. Welcome to the "State Runned Church". sort of like China.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 28, 2007 12:25 AM ET USA

    Sounds like he shares the sentiment with Disney. Remember: The Scarlet Letter? Who says movies are 'pure entertainment'?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 9:08 PM ET USA

    It is sickening to say the least, and the bottom line is that we can no longer expect much from the majority of our American clergy, save for a few solitary heroic voices. “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops like bishops and your religious act like religious" - Archbishop Sheen

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 5:33 PM ET USA

    De gustibus non disputatum est. Get with the times, Diogenes!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 4:34 PM ET USA

    Pathetic, our bishops for the most part are pathetic. We must pray that they somehow become Catholic again!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 4:17 PM ET USA

    The Connecticut Post quoted more Feldmanisms, saying of the laws: "They're similar to laws passed in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota. But despite those provisions, the Catholic bishops still opposed the idea of providing the drug in a Catholic hospital, said Barry Feldman, a lawyer for the Connecticut Catholic Hospitals Council. 'The Catholic bishops don't agree with and can't accept the proposal that's now winding its way through the legislature,' he said before the vote."

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 1:34 PM ET USA

    Are you sure that wasn't Marty Feldman instead of Barry?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 12:34 PM ET USA

    Feldman must have been joking, no one could be that stupid.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 9:46 AM ET USA

    The paragraph: [The archbishops argued that Catholic hospitals should be allowed to send rape victims to another facility or have the state supply an emergency contraceptive in cases where the victim is ovulating.] is as sickening as anything else in this horrible article.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 27, 2007 9:29 AM ET USA

    "When it comes to religious beliefs and moral values, no position is right or wrong," said Feldman. Nothing like a little relativity to season the stew of life! That statement certainly gets a lot of sociopaths off the hook. Feldman must have graduated from Yale or Harvard with those kinds of firm beliefs. Maybe a Democratic politician can recruit him for the upcoming campaigns.