Hypocrisy, history and public policy
Bishop Grecco of Charlottetown insults people’s intelligence and abuses his office.
The Roman Catholic Church is, again, violating the wall between Church and state as it interferes with secular affairs, as it has done so many times throughout history.
The good Bishop dares to tell people what to think and to proscribe social policy for people with respect to abortion and physician assisted suicide.
The Church’s hubris seems to know no bounds. In its arrogance, a mortal sin, it presumes to tell others what values they should hold and how they should live their lives.
Nothing could be more anti-democratic and authoritarian.
Historically, the Catholic Church has hardly promoted the sanctity of life or tolerance as evidenced by its involvement in the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, burning heretics at the stake, butchering millions of Mexican and Latin American Aboriginals (Indians) in the name of Christianity and gold, demanding intellectual conformity by establishing the List of Prohibited Books (1559 - 1966), remaining silent during the Holocaust, as well as supporting many reactionary and brutal regimes throughout the world.
This is truly a “culture of death”.
With its bloody history, and interference in political affairs, the Catholic Church has nothing to teach people about ethical behaviour or the formulation of public policy with respect to abortion and physician assisted suicide.
Given the Catholic Church’s record regarding residential schools for Aboriginal children and its failure to deal vigorously with priest child abuse, it is in no position to pontificate about social policies as they affect children.
Rather than condemning abortion the Church should actively promote family planning and artificial contraception so people don’t substitute abortion for birth control.
Certainly in an already overcrowded and starving world, with far too many unwanted and uncared for children who are a burden rather than a blessing, family planning and artificial contraception are a necessity for social advancement.
As well, ethicists have long recognized an individual’s right to control their own destiny and the propriety of “rational suicide” when faced with a certain painful or debilitating terminal illness.
But something is wrong here: intolerance, war, starvation, disease, illiteracy, poverty, crime, and misery are seemingly inherent to the human condition.
This however, does not speak well for an allegedly all-knowing and loving Supreme Being.
Are the 25, 000 Third World children who die every night of malnutrition and disease the victims of a loving and compassionate god’s indifference, or some sick grand design?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Bishop Grecco has overstepped himself. People have lost their heads for less. Ask Thomas Becket and Sir Thomas More.
Leave the formulation of public policy in the secular sphere - such as abortion and physician assisted suicide - to our democratically elected officials and courts, and theology to others. Some however, may conclude that God’s not dead, he’s imaginary.