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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

FDR, Satan, and the Conference of Catholic Bishops Walk into a Bar

Hillsdale College professor of Western Heritage Paul A. Rahe is angry at the Conference of Catholic Bishops. It's not because he disagrees with their demand that Catholic universities be exempt from laws requiring them to provide contraceptive coverage in their employee insurance plans. No, it's because they didn't object "to the fact that Catholic employers and corporations, large and small, owned wholly or partially by Roman Catholics will be required to do the same."

Why did the Catholic Church balk at extending its objection to contraceptive coverage to Catholic business owners and shareholders? Well, Dr. Rahe says it's because:
In the 1930s, the majority of the bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.
Yes, the evil bastards defied God by supporting programs to help lazy-assed poor people.

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