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After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign
The American Catholic bishops.
April 12th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

After contraception controversy, Catholic Church announces 'religious freedom' campaign

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Roman Catholic Church announced a major campaign Thursday aimed at bringing attention to what it said were growing threats to religious liberty in the United States, including the pending White House rule requiring health insurance companies to provide free contraceptive coverage to employees of Catholic organizations.

An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the initiative would stretch out over the course of a few years and that it would include everything from encouraging priests to address religious liberty concerns in church to sending inserts for church bulletins.

“Religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad,” the American bishops said in a new document titled “Our first, most cherished freedom.”

Compared to other Catholic communications campaigns, “This is bigger in that it’s not a one-time thing, not aiming for a specific Sunday” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the communications director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “It’s going to be extensive and it’s going to be occurring over a few years.”

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The Catholic bishops say a proposed White House rule connected to the Affordable Care Act requiring health insurers to provide free contraception coverage forces the church to fund an activity it opposes for religious reasons. The White House tweaked an earlier version of the rule that required employers, rather than insurance companies, to pay for contraceptive coverage, mollifying some Catholic groups who objected to Catholic colleges and hospitals having to fund contraception coverage.

But the bishops said the so-called White House compromise didn’t go far enough.

In their Thursday document, the bishops also said that a handful of American states and municipalities have driven Catholic foster care and adoption services out of business because Catholic charities refused to place children with gay couples or unmarried straight couples.

The document also said that the federal government recently revised its contract with the Catholic Church’s Migration and Refugee Services to require it to provide or refer women to contraceptive and abortion services, in violation of Catholic teaching.

“Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home,” the bishops said in a Thursday statement. “It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?”

“This is not a Catholic issue,” the statement said. “This is not a Jewish issue. This is not an Orthodox, Mormon or Muslim issue. It is an American issue.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church

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  1. what1ever

    It has to e hard giving your whole life over to a religion that even high school kids don't take seriously anymore.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • JD

      I didn't realize high school kids took anything seriously........

      April 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Brampt

      Already complaining about religous freedom? Look what awaits the church... Revelation 17:1-18" come I will show u the judgment upon the great harlot... Who commited fornication with the king of the earth...And the wild best( prominent governments of the earth), Will make her devastated and naked, and will eat up her fleshly parts and will burn her with fire...For God put in to there hearts( the governments) To carry out this thought....For her sin has massed toghether clear up to heaven, and God has Called her acts of injustice to mind...In one day her plagues will come death and mourning and famine, and she will completely be burned with fire, because Yahweh God, the one that judge her is strong..." Revelation chapter 17-19!

      April 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • bspurloc

      still waiting for the PO PE to explain to me WHY hom ose xuality is E VIL and diverts u to be h ellbound... but when all these priests feast on boys they are hidden and ALLOWED to stay... when the first edict declared them to be E VIL and h ellbound....

      April 13, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • Chris

      re·li·gion noun \ri-'li-j?n\
      A mass human psychosis that usually results in participants believing in incredibly silly crap and acting like total retards.

      Can't make it any clearer than that

      April 13, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  2. JT

    Why anyone would support this pedophile infested cult is beyond comprehension unless you are also a child rapist.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • plato101

      Are you talking about the public school system?

      April 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • JT

      No, I'm talking about you and your fellow child rape supporters. You disgust me.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Chris

      Less than one half of one percent of all Catholic Priests on Earth have ever even been accused of molestation. To smear all of them only betrays ignorance and is no different than stereotyping or profiling minorities.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Saved

      @Chris
      I have not fact checked you, but one half of 1% is too much. Zero percent it the only acceptable figure. You are a sick fuk.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • JD

      Haha. Plato101 has a point. You could also add in the Boy Scouts and every other program where children are. I'm sure the Catholics also despise have child molesting priests in their religion. Please don't be so irrational.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • BADGUY

      Plato – You must live in Wisconsin. Governor Walker is CUTTING funds to Public Schools but INCREASING vouchers to Catholic Schools. So I guess HE feels public schools are full of pedophiles and our children would be "safer" in Catholic Schools?

      April 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Chris

      It's not the amount of people that did this. It was the arrogance and the cover up by the church themselves. They think they are god. nothing but a big cult... unfortunately it's a widely accepted cult

      April 13, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  3. Saved

    I was saved by picking Mulberries.
    I was saved by fishing for Perch.
    I was saved by changing the filters in the swamp cooler.
    I was saved by my dog being hit by a car.
    I was saved by getting drunk at the prom and doing bad things.
    I was saved by flowers and apologies and lifestyle changes.
    I was saved by Frank Zappa.
    I was saved by sledding in the snow.
    Jesus was not there. We are all alone.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • plato101

      You are not saved.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Saved

      plato, I am saved. Why do you say I am not? Are you god?

      April 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • plato101

      If you were saved you would not be so angry and bitter as your comments reveal you to be.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Saved

      Plato, berries, fish and s.e.x make me bitter? You are very odd. I am quite happy. Are you? You seem to have a very boring life indeed.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • plato101

      Then I leave you to your happy life as you have made it. Fare well.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Big Bang

      @plato 101

      When you die, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for you. Just black. Meanwhile, I will be doing blow with satan on your dead corpse. Your mother should have swallowed you!

      April 13, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • John

      Plato: Thou pretendeth to be God-Almighty and thee shall burn for thine arrogance and haughtiness in the depths of Hades forever and forever, Amen.
      God Bless.

      April 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  4. JT

    If only they would be concerned about their rape of children as they are about "religious liberty".

    April 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • BADGUY

      I'm waiting for the Catholic Archbishops to call Pedophilia "religious liberty" and declare THAT immune from "intrusion by the federal government".

      April 13, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  5. ruggles

    They may have odd beliefs, but that's their business. Doesn't bother me. Besides, their weirdest belief is in the great magic man in the sky.

    April 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Jon

      I can actually understand how they believe an invisible man is in the sky. But why he came to earth after millions of years as a poor homeless carpenter in the middle east, is still a mystery to me.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hey, I have no problem with their nutty delusions, as long as they don't attempt to control the lives of others. When they start interfering in the business of government, I DO have a problem. The church's say does NOT absolve it of the rule of law.

      Too bad if their God isn't happy or their girly bishops aren't pleased. If they don't like it, they can deal with the consequences of breaking the law.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  6. ObjectiveOpinion

    Why do these priests have to dress like clowns? And what is with the yamaka's? Are they practicing to be jewish in case the catholic church implodes?

    April 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Anie

      Religion belongs in two places only – church and home. Why are they in business doing anything else and expecting to be able to act like it's a church? Business is business, the rules apply to everybody else, why not them? If they don't like it, they can stick to their pulpits and out of hospitals, schools and the like! Charity isn't charity when you expect something back. Having to abide by their arcane ideas and be subjected to their faith in order to receive their 'charity' isn't charity at all. It's an exchange. once again, we're back to business.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Chris

      Christianity came out of Judaism. At one time, it was considered a sect of Judaism, after the Pharisees, Saducees, Esenes, and Zealots. The Apostles never stopped living as Jews. St Paul took the religion to the Gentiles and it became the faith commonly known today, though there are still a few Jews for Jesus who practice both. The clothing of the Priests of the Catholic Church is taken from the Jewish High Priests of the Temple. Though it has morphed over time, you can clearly see the resemblance when they wear the vestments at Mass. Therefore, the yarmakas are rooted in the Jewish faith.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  7. Saved

    s.e.x is awesome. If you haven't explored your s.e.xuality you are missing one of the fine points of being human. I have had s.e.x with beautiful women in public, in private, with toys, without toys, solo, in the forest, in the bedroom. Now I am older and happily married, but man back in the day. Fun!! Get your rocks off. If there were a god, he would not have given us these urges to torture us! He wants us to enjoy our bodies! Ever had someone p.e.e on you? It is awesome! (and vice versa). A.n.a.l rocks too! Chicks and G.a.y dudes, go for it. L.e.sbians p.e.eing on each other is the best! Most of us can only dream, but if you are lucky like me, you know the euphoria of incredible k.i.n.k.y s.e.x. Thanks god! Two things I missed out on. A redhead and puffy n.i.p.s. Dammit. I LOVE puffy n.i.p.p.l.e.s.
    Now look at all those Catholic dorks. They are not even human. No s.e.x? IDIOTS!

    April 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • plato101

      over 20% of the U.S. population have incurable venereal diseases, herpes, venereal warts and/or AIDS. How cool is that?

      April 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      must be awesome sha gging some chi ck and end-up making her pregnant with a child out of wedlock.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Saved

      plato101
      Sorry you can't get any. Just mastur-bate. That is fun too!

      April 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Saved

      B(iraq) Hussein Osama
      I have no idea what you are trying to say. Speak English and I will happily correspond with you.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Saved

      Look at you hypocrites. Most of you would chop off your arm to let Kate Upton p.i.s.s in your mouth and you would swallow every drop.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Snow

    Hilarious.. it was not an invasion of religious liberty when their missionaries knock on the door every sunday to "spread the word of their god" but it is an invasion when people say "don't push your arcane rules on everyone else"??

    Hypocritical morons in dresses with "allegedly" no knowledge of actually having s3x are supposed to be the advisers whose word should be followed to maintain s3xual health? where in the world do they get these great ideas from?

    April 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Mary Fitzpatrick

      This is one of the reasons I am seriously considering leaving the Catholic Church-after 58 years.
      I am sad and disgusted at their inability to bring the church into the new millennium and face reality.
      Condoms a sin?? Unbelievable.....

      April 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Mary, not only are you a phony, you're not even female.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Brampt

    Already complaining about religous freedom? Look what awaits the church... Revelation 17:1-18" come I will show u the judgment upon the great harlot... Who commited fornication with the king of the earth...And the wild best( prominent governments of the earth), Will make her devastated and naked, and will eat up her fleshly parts and will burn her with fire...For God put in to there hearts( the governments) To carry out this thought....For her sin has massed toghether clear up to heaven, and God has Called her acts of injustice to mind...In one day her plagues will come death and mourning and famine, and she will completely be burned with fire, because Yahweh God, the one that judge her is strong..." Revelation chapter 17-19

    April 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  10. a person of the Name

    There is no place in the Bible that says anything about contraception. It does talk about s_ex. What contraception does is allow for some s_exual "freedom" so to speak and that is a problum. I'm not saying that we don't need it. Me and my wife use it but like I said ppl abuse it.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Abuse it"? How can anyone "abuse it"?

      April 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      Most girls and guys, for that matter, see it as a permission to go out and have un-protected s_ex.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Baloney. More nonsense. Either back up your assertion with stats or admit you're a liar.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And really, how stupid are you? Contraception is the opposite of "unprotected s3x".

      What a moron.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      Oh yeah, its protected s_ex? You kidding me does it prevent STDs?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you think ALL contraception is "unprotected s3x"?

      Do you own a brain? Is it functional?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you and your little spouse always use con-doms?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If this is the best you can muster in a debate you're too dull to bother with.

      I suspect your spouse likely feels the same way about your s3x life.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      No, your missing it all together. We are only with eachother. There is other ppl though, even those claiming to be Christian, having s_ex out of wed-lock. Sleeping with multiple ppl and thinking its fine.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sorry. I thought I was corresponding with an intelligent, educated person. Anyone who doesn't have a rudimentary grasp of the English language is hardly qualified to dictate what other people should do or present any intelligent analysis of Biblical law.

      Go on about your business, dear. You have no say here.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      I did not insult you why insult me?

      By the way the fact that we have 3 kids begs to differ that remark, besides what I do in my house is none of your business.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Snow

      FYI that road goes both directions.. what other people do in their houses or bedrooms should be none of your goddang business either.. why push for your silly ideas be converted into const.itutional laws then?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      I don't wish to make it into law but nor do I wish the goverment to say you have to do something that goes against what you believe. My family is not Catholic. I do not share there views. There are wrongs on both sides.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • fred

      A Person of the Name
      The Bible does mention immaculate contraception and it did not work. That should have been a selling point for Obama.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Snow

      You are sadly mistaken.. The govt never had any rules.. it started with the first amendment that gave equal footing for every religion (or non-religious). But now, it is the religious who push for more and more laws made according to their beliefs to be created/enforced.. I can name many (the article above mentions them too)

      But what laws did the non-religious push for that infringed on religious people's belief system? can you name a couple? Fact is the non-religious had always been "Do whatever you want, but don't shove your ideas on me" kind of people.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Give a moron an inch of rope and he'll hang himself. Hoist on his own petard. No effort required on our part.

      Thus endeth the lesson.

      April 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, is a "person of the name" tongue-tied?

      Come on. Can you defend your church or not?

      April 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      "What contraception does is allow for some s_exual "freedom" so to speak and that is a problum"
      But surely then the contraception is not the sin but what you do with it?

      Its like arguing that guns must be a sin because they are used to kill people and killing is wrong.

      April 13, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  11. mikstov33

    One form of contraception not mentioned by anyone in this debate is vasectomy...would the catholic church consider a mans choice as murder, or sperm in the most raw state "life"?
    Just curious....

    April 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I believe the RCC cult considers any means of preventing contraception to be wrong, bu I will leave it to one of their member's to explain their cult's rules. . .

      But this does seem like an appropriate place to remind all that 70+% of abortions in the USA each year are had by believers, many of whom belong to the RCC. Perhaps they should clean up their backyard by better controlling their members and applying the appropriate sanctions fo committing moral sins. Perhaps they should be publicly chastising Newt "The Fornicator" Gingrich for multiple adultery.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • captain america

      Well what do we have here little lord fauntleroy in his mountie suit. Why don't you keep your BS in your own country no one here needs it (probably no one there either) Take your study your numbers and your BS opinions and shove em where the sun don't shine. There's your sign

      April 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • fred

      HotAirAce
      How does that statistic help you since 96% of Americans claim to be believers? Oh, ouch ouch that would mean belief in God results in greater purity. 21% more pure or less immoral if abortion is related to morality these days.
      Do I hear a thank you Jesus?

      April 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Would you go castrate yourself already, CA? You're a friggin' bore.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • fred

      capitan unamerican
      I am thinking canadians have been good neighbors. The Bible says love your neighbor as yourself.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      What part of what I wrote is BS? The abortion facts are from an American research inst!tute and used by both sides of the abortion debate. It is common knowledge Newt committed serial adultery. The only bullsh!t here comes from you.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Believers claim they do not support abortion and claim the high moral ground yet have many abortions in direct contravention to their cult's and imaginary supernatural being's rules. Atheists each make up their own mind on abortion and therefore do not behave hypocritically.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • fred

      HotAirAce
      Atheists do have more $ex and more varied $ex than believers (16% more). That statistic is slanted because atheists tend to be well educated, single white and single asian males. There are no statistics on abortions for atheists but it would be very low since abortion rates are tied to minority poor populations.
      Just because you make up your own mind does not mean you arive at better conclusions.
      Christians should not be claiming they are more holy than you. They should be saying we are sinners and need saving. I think you are getting an old message of Christian hypocracy put out by the liberal American media.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Sorry fred, you can't blame the media. It's simple – believers, at least the cult leaders, are opposed to abortions but have most of them. When the cults come up with a transparent and successful program to control their followers they will have earned the right to attempt to control others. Until then, they an fu.ck off!

      April 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • mikstov33

      After all the above replies,no one has answered or commented on the basic premise of the question....
      Is raw sperm considered a live human by really any conservative church? If not, shouldn't the Catholics approve of providing insurance for vasectomies? Or is this another case of a double standard?

      April 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • fred

      mikstov33
      This egg was hatched by pink skirts in Washington that think women are the gate keepers. Men are simply a convient tool

      April 13, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  12. portland tony

    I Wll fight for your right to express your beliefs concerning church matters regarding contraception. I will also fight any attempt to force these beliefs into bedrooms across this nation.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • EPAB

      And I will stand right beside you. The Church is in full spin mode. The rest of us are under attack by the papists and their christian fundamentalist allies, not the other way round.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Chris

      The Catholic Church has no interest being in anyones bedroom. They simply don't want to be forced to pay for anyone else's abortions or contraception when it violates their religious beliefs. I don't understand how my not paying for your contraception is forcing my beliefs on anyone or meddling in their bedrooms. You can have all the contraception (and abortions) you like, just don't expect Christians to have to pay for it.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  13. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    I look forward to the RCC's campaign – the more light that is shone upon this and all religious cults, the sooner they will be held in the low same regard as astrologers.

    I never thought I would thank Pope-A-Dope and his pedophile priests for anything, but I will say "Thanks!" in advance for hastening their own demise. My only regret is that thy didn't act so quickly to defend innocent children.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  14. Holden Caulfield

    Someone posting under the name "HeavenSent" is providing a brilliant example of why and how religions and their followers earn the contempt they insist is so undeserved.

    Whoever you are, if you are willing to be this condescending:

    "HeavenSent

    One more time beyond the politics and the absurdity of the outrageous carnal teachings of this world. STOP the bashing of Jesus' spiritual teachings so folks can learn His TRUTH."

    Let me try with a rhetorical sledgehammer to help you understand why you are facing all this outrage that you can't understand:

    TRUTH is something obvious that does not need the suspension of belief or skepticism to accept. Few people argue that the Earth is flat anymore, and yet until the "TRUTH" was revealed by the kind of pictures brought to us by the Apollo missions (Google: Blue Marble Apollo 17), people still claimed they knew better.

    TRUTH does not need FAITH to be believed; faith, whether you can accept this, or even undestand it, is what people engender in their own mind when there are no facts to comfort them otherwise. Things that require FAITH to be believed, are, by their nature things that have no obvious TRUTH – for if the TRUTH were obvious, FAITH would be uneccessary.

    Either way you come down, to brag about living in a "free" country while simultaneously running around bleating that everyone who believes something other than what you believe is misguided, uninformed, or EVIL – well, that hostility you're facing is of your own making.

    Whether or not you understand this, the answer to how you deal with that hostility belongs to you. I'd start by not being so dismissive and derisive towards the views of others, but I'm expecting to have my words fall on deaf ears (eyes)

    If "truth" were so obvious, it would not require a leap of faith to be accepted.

    April 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bravo.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Velma Dinkley

      Just to let you know the quality of Heavent Sent, she/he/it also posts under the names Prayer Changes Things, Atheism is not healthy for blah blah blah, just sayin, captian america (real swine in this presonna), Person of the Name, and a great many other temporary names. Why is unknown, because the style is so uniquely bad and the comments so characteristically stupid that she can be easily spotted.

      We had another self-inflicted embarassment who also went by many names, like Justina and Frederica, but her name changes failed to hide her bizarre paradigm either. Why the crazy Christians use so many different names is a mystery, but not a mystery that Scooby Doo would be interestedin solving.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      Lol I'm not of those ppl/person. They seam to be nothing but a troll. Just saying....

      Pun intended.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Velma, it's no mystery. They do it because they're mentally ill.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Jeff Williams

      """If "truth" were so obvious, it would not require a leap of faith to be accepted."""

      My viewpoint as well.

      April 13, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  15. Ufia

    You can tell the church misses the days when it could force its beliefs on others at swordpoint.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  16. blah blah blah god bless blah blah there's your sign blah blah canada blah blah

    repeat repeat repeat

    April 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • J.W

      Jesus will not have anything to say about this.

      April 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • just sayin

      I have more names than brain cells.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      Fraud. Nobody cares . God bless

      April 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • just sayin

      Nobody cares about me. I know I am a taco short of the elevator that's not the sharpest bulb in the knife drawer, but God called me to be a total dingbat, and I will obey my Lord!

      If you phony-me's keep persecuting me, I am going to call 811! E pluribus Onan! I are smart.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • just sayin

      nope you are still filth. God bless

      April 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What kind of idiot would care what you vomit up, just lyin?

      April 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • just sayin

      Apparently you do Tom,Tom. God bless

      April 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hardly. You're an amusement for me, honey. I love to see how you take the bait every time I cast my line. You're a little crack monkey. You can't resist the lure.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • onehippypoet

      Tom,Tom the pipers son
      Stole a crack monkey and
      Now the whole world is
      infected with the AIDS virus
      Thanks a lot TOM

      April 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Holden Caulfield

      From the comments:
      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things"

      April 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      May I present to the court the BEST example of the kind of sanctimonious hypocrisy that earns Christians the reputation that they are so apoplectic about, that they feel is undeserved.

      How can a Christian stand there, expecting to be taken seriously, when they take blind swipes at other people's beliefs – then in the same breath cry indignantly that other people don't fall to their knees and express fealty towards the Christians views?

      There is no greater perversion of the meaning of the word "freedom" than when a Christian uses it in relation to their own religion and it's beliefs; they want freedom for themselves so that they can march around screaming that everybody else is going to "H"ell.

      As I don't believe in "H"im, I can't speak intelligently on the question of whether or not "G"od has a sense of humor, but "H"e certainly seems to have a gift for irony when it comes to how his followers behave in the USA.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I give it a 3. The meter sucks and the rhyme scheme is lousy.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Dodney Rangerfield

      Go wipe out some FU signs.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not change anything; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! .~. .

      April 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  18. J.W

    I like it how every time there is a story on this they explain about the ruling about how they must provide contraception. If people havent heard about it by now they must have been living under a rock.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  19. Reality

    One more tim- Beyond the politics and the absurdity of religion:

    The reality of contraception and STD control: – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-
    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

    1a. (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    1b. (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

    Followed by:

    One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
    Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
    The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
    Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
    IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

    Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

    April 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      One more time beyond the politics and the absurdity of the outrageous carnal teachings of this world. STOP the bashing of Jesus' spiritual teachings so folks can learn His TRUTH.

      April 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  20. johnfrichardson

    I agree with the bishops on a lot of this. But I also think that it is high time that the many, many Catholics who disagree with the church's positions on se-xual matters LEAVE the church. Let the remnant church be as reactionary as it wants to be. It's their perfect right. But stop supporting it if you disagree with it on pressing social issues.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Better still, open the Bible and read Jesus' truth for yourself.

      April 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Commenter

      HeavenSent,

      After seeing what that book has done to you (and quite a few others)... no, thank you.

      (btw, I have read the book - a few nice sentiments are in there, but zealotry about it has created huge messes)

      April 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Where does Jeebus rule that contraception is wrong?

      April 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Come on, HS. Where are you, justlyin? How about you, Leo?

      Where does the Bible say that contraception is wrong?

      April 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      @ Tom: its not the contraception, that's the problum. It's what it allows. Ppl abuse it, bottom line.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Elaborate, translate, or explain. Your post does none of the above.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, yeah, and what's a "problum"?

      Don't even try to pretend that was a "typo".

      April 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • a person of the Name

      Not a typo and I'll be the first to say my spelling has always not been a strong point for me.

      I misposted my reply.

      April 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Mary Fitzpatrick

      I agree-its time to start a new version...

      April 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
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