What is a “cultural catholic”? I’ve seen a political ad on television where a woman identifies herself as a “cultural catholic” and that she supports the mandate for free birth control. She said most Catholics use birth control. She says the Catholic church is trying to force it’s beliefs on the rest of us.
I find this ad so offensive because it is such a lie. First, you are either a Catholic or you aren’t. I don’t know what a “cultural catholic” is but I don’t believe it is up to “most” of the congregation to decide what the doctrine of the church is. The fact that “most” Catholics go against the church’s teachings doesn’t make them right. If everyone jumped off a cliff, should you? So, if Catholic women have abortions is killing an infant OK? According to this woman you can chose to follow the parts you like and ignore the parts you don’t. I guess that’s what a “cultural catholic” is.
She said the church was trying to force it’s beliefs on the rest of us, but that is NOT what is happening. It is the government that is doing the forcing. The government is forcing churches to provide something they believe is morally wrong. The church isn’t forcing anything on the “rest of us”. If the church doesn’t pay for your birth control it doesn’t mean you have no access to birth control, it simply means you have to buy your own. And, lets be truthful. Buying birth control is not breaking the bank for anyone. You can get birth control pills at Walmart for $8.00 a month. Condoms cost, what, a dollar? It means the church isn’t forced to provide for you something it believes is morally wrong. The church isn’t forcing anything on you. The church is NOT preventing you from purchasing or using birth control.
And, by the way, before ObamaCare was put before Congress, Obama met with Catholic Bishops and promised them if they supported ObamaCare he would honor a moral exemption to any parts they objected to. In fact, he was offended they would even question his promise to give them a moral exemption. But the minute ObamaCare was passed, they were told the moral exemption was off the table. Obama LIED to the Catholic Bishops. He LIED to them. If he lied to them, who won’t he lie to?