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Politics, sex and religion : Opportunity in Crises

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Politics, sex and religion : Opportunity in Crises

Description: The Catholic left hopes to disentangle Catholic morality from the church hierarchy.

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Opportunity in Crises

The Catholic left hopes to disentangle Catholic morality from the church hierarchy.

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 For Catholics all over the world, the latest revelations about sexual-abuse scandals in the church hierarchy—what was covered up, and when, and how little is being done by the Vatican to hold sex offenders in its ranks accountable—have made for an uncomfortable season. In the United States, anger among lay Catholics has taken on political significance.
Liberal Catholic E. J. Dionne called the church's response "bureaucratic and self-exculpatory" in his Washington Post column. Commonweal, a magazine for progressive Catholics, concluded that "mistakes can be forgiven; what breeds mistrust and cynicism is the refusal to admit error," and similarly called for an "act of penitence on the part of the Pope and the world's bishops." The New York Times's Maureen Dowd wrote that the pope is "morally compromised."

Conservatives, Catholic and not, did not appreciate the criticism.

"The forces of the left are in the process of trying to tear down and destroy every institution in America that stands for something other than big government," Rush Limbaugh recently said on his radio show. "The Catholic Church is despised by the left for its abortion stance ... because it is a religion other than the earth, a religion other than liberalism."

Catholics are an important swing-voting constituency forboth parties, with healthy representation on both sides of the political divide. Since 1984, Catholics have chosen the Democratic presidentialcandidate over the Republican candidate by slim margins, according toGeorgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.Republicans have an advantage among white non-Latino Catholics, carrying that group since 2000. The growing, and largely Catholic andDemocratic-leaning, Latino community has kept the Catholic vote roughlyevenly divided.

This internal tension shouldn't surprise: generallyspeaking, the church's teachings lean conservative on cultural issuesand liberal on economic concerns. For every conservative quotingLeviticus, there should be a liberal quoting the Sermon on the Mount.Many non-Catholics may assume that the laity's views generally mirrorthose of the church: antiwar, in favor of economic equality, butintensely socially conservative. In fact, Catholics are no more againstabortion rights than the population as whole. Last fall, Catholics forChoice commissioned a poll that showed that only 14 percent of Catholicsthought abortion should be totally illegal, and 50 percent thoughthealth insurance should cover abortion whenever a woman and her doctorthink it is appropriate.

But conservatives have done much more to ally themselveswith church institutions, thanks to the increase in recent decades ofpolitical organizing around the issue of abortion, leaving more liberalCatholics feeling out in the cold. While pro-abortion-rights politicians are occasionally denied communion, those who supported the war in Iraqagainst the wishes of the pope suffer no such public indignity. It'sworth noting that of the nine justices on the Supreme Court, the fiveconservatives are all Catholic.

The recent battle over health-care reform has exacerbatedthis partisan feeling, with liberal Catholics who supported universalhealth care—long a goal of the church—feeling scorned by the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops' opposition to the bill. The conferencewas dissatisfied with an agreement that promised to prevent public funds from paying for abortion, and so ultimately opposed the bill. America, a Jesuit-run Catholic magazine, recently published an article byNicholas Cafardi, the former dean of Duquesne University's law school,who concluded that "the damage to [the bishops'] credibility in beingtruly pro-life, and not merely pro-life for partisan purposes, isimmense."

"It's interesting that the conservative groups are rallying around thechurch and almost making this a political issue, where it shouldentirely be a question of how the church is policing itself internally," says Chris Korzen, who founded the progressive group Catholics Unitedin 2004 to encourage progressive Catholics' political engagement. "It'sbecoming clearer and clearer that the church needs to spend more timefocused on its own internal problems, and less time trying to be apolitical player, particularly in our own country."
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