Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a devout anti-Catholic, infamously suggested last week that the Church has lost its right to conscience because it has failed to “enforce” this “rule” on contraception.
“Ninety-eight percent of women in childbearing age that are Catholic use contraception. So, in practice the church has not enforced this and now they want the federal government and private insurance to enforce it. It just isn’t consistent to me.”
Leaving aside the bogusness of her silly statistics and the absurdity that not forcing people to pay for something is enforcing a religious rule, Nancy has a point.
Since the Pope clarified the Church’s position on contraception and human life 40 years ago, the Church has collectively and willfully looked the other way when many or even most Catholics ignored it to their own mortal peril. Not only did they look the other way, but for 40 years the Church has collectively and willfully refused to teach on these hard subjects.
For 40 years, the Church has acted as if these critical moral teachings did not matter enough to teach and now they are saying they matter so much that they are willing to go to the mattresses and even shut down the critical Catholic healthcare system over it. This is the height of disingenuousness.