4 Ways the Catholic Church is Out of Date

Last week, an interview with Cardinal Caro Maria Martini was published in the Corriere della Sera and included a scathing rebuke of the policies of the Catholic Church. The cardinal said that the Church is “200 years out of date.” Which got me thinking what, specifically, the Catholic Church is out of date on. It didn’t take long to think of several.

Role of Women

Oh, don’t even get me started on how the Catholic Church sees women! All you need to know about the esteem given to the so-called fairer sex is tucked away in Vatican law. You see, women aren’t allowed to be ordained as priests. Because of reasons. Fine. It’s totally retrograde and insulting, but whatever. However, in 2010 the Church took one step further. Not only are women not allowed to be priests, but any attempt to ordain a woman is a crime on par with child sex abuse. Let that sink in for a minute. Ordaining a woman as a priest is just as bad as abusing a child. Because how dare someone confess their sins or take communion from a woman! That’s totally the worst thing in the world.

But wait! There’s more! Earlier this year, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents almost 60,000 American nuns, of, in essence, not hating gays and women enough. The Vatican felt as though the nuns were not speaking out against contraception and gay people enough for them. The nuns were too busy, you know, helping poor people. I guess that isn’t of itself proof that the Church’s view of women is so-1850s, but it goes a bit deeper than that. The Vatican has ordered an archbishop to “work with” the nuns to revise their statutes, handbooks and programs.

Yep. The Vatican thinks it’s totally okay to take the power away from a religious women’s organization to make sure the nuns stay exactly in line with what the Church wants them to be talking about. Forget the fact that the LCWR has not outright supported contraception, nor do they use their time to campaign for marriage equality. They simply focus on other things, like poverty relief. But everyone knows that lady-brains are weak, thus we need a firm, male hand to guide us.

Contraception

The Catholic Church is well-known for its anti-contraception policy. Life begins at conception and all that (see “Science” below). If you live in the United States, it was almost impossible to avoid the giant hissy fit the Vatican pitched because of the contraception mandate. I’ve got bad news for you. It’s not just in the United States. For example, the Church has been stalling a reproductive health bill in the Philippines for 14 years, which, incidentally, puts them out of step with their followers in the country:

The church’s stance puts it at odds with many of its followers in the Philippines. Eight out of 10 Filipinos are Catholic. Even for weekday Mass, popular churches draw huge crowds that tie up Manila traffic.

Polls show, however, that 70% of the population supports the reproductive health bill, which also calls for sex education in schools.

The Church is similarly out of touch with American Catholic women. Almost all of sexually active Catholic women have used some form of birth control. So good job, Vatican! You’ve certainly kept all the ladies in line!

The Gays

What could possibly be more threatening to our freedoms than the gays? Nothing! With all their…uh…happy relationships and well adjusted children! How dare they have a less prevalent yet totally normal sexual orientation? The Catholic Church has spent the past several years fighting gay marriage in the United States and abroad. Again, actual Catholics feel a little differently:

For all the opposition by leaders in the Catholic Church, their flock isn’t following. “Nearly six-in-ten white non- Hispanic Catholics (59%) favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry,” Pew reports, “as do 57% of Hispanic Catholics.” This shouldn’t come as too surprising. Catholics have been leading the way on same-sex marriage for some time now.

Wowza. This support stops the Church from attempting to destroy more lives because it’s not getting its way. In August, the French Catholic Church instituted a day of prayer against gay adoption. (Yeah, that’ll work.) They’ve taken more concrete action in the United States, through shutting down its Catholic Charities in Illinois because — gasp! — the rules require that they must consider gay couples for adoption and foster care. The same was done in Washington, D.C.

Real nice.

Child Rape

Wait, was raping children ever in vogue? There is really too much here to go into in detail, and it’s all so sad. But it’s worth noting that, instead of willfully taking responsibility for failing to deal with abusers, they are trying to make it harder for victims to get any justice. Or, at least, standing in the way of people who want to make it a little easier for victims to get some justice. Oh, and should I mention the horrible priest who blames the victims for seducing poor, poor Jerry Sandusky.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen any polls that indicate the popularity of child rape. But come on. Do we need one?

Related posts:

Catholic Church Condemns Gay Marriage in Scotland

Catholic Church Dumps Another Charity for LGBT Support

Catholic Church Blocks Birth Control for Poor in the Philippines

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299 comments

John W.
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John W.
John W.about a month ago

Kevin,
If the article hadn't attacked my faith, I wouldn't have to defend it.

John W.
John W.about a month ago

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John W.
John W.about a month ago

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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brownabout a month ago

John W. that is simply nonsense. The people you condescendingly refer to as "bleeding heart liberals" (which I take to mean intelligent people who care about others) constantly criticize the shortcomings of the Muslim religion. Please stop trying to portray Christians as the victims. In this country, it seems that most every time I see someone trying to discriminate against another human bring they are a Christian with a bible in hand (or a Muslim with the Koran in hand).

Quite frankly I am not impressed with either group or your silly superstitions. If you folks want to live your lives based on magic and mythology that is your choice, just please stop trying to drag others into your delusions and stop trying to force your nonsensical beliefs on others.

Your religion is between you and whatever invisible friend you are imagining.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brownabout a month ago

Image if this article had been about Islam. Bleeding heart liberals would have filled the comments section with cries of Islamophobia!

John W.
John W.about a month ago

Image if this article had been about Islam. Bleeding heart liberals would have filled the comments section with cries of Islamophobia!

John W.
John W.about a month ago

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John W.
John W.9 months ago

Richard Zane S,

As you are using statically speaking in the same manner as I was intending for people to understand, you must have realised that I meant taking into account the amount of priests vs the general population.
I'm quoting from memory: Compared to a Catholic priest...
A married man is 10 times more likely to sexually abuse a child
A married woman is twice as likely to sexually abuse a child
A homosexual woman is 15 times as likely to sexually abuse a child

If I can find links to backup this claim, I will do so.

Richard Zane Smith
Richard Zane Smith9 months ago

John W says: "Statistically speaking, a Roman Catholic priest is less of a danger to a child than his/her parents and relatives. Should we ban everyone from being near children?"

this is a nonsequitur argument because statistically speaking there are far less priests than there are parents.