Catholic Organizations and Republicans Launch War on Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

Catholic pedophiles

President Barack Obama recently announced that religiously-affiliated employers must provide their employees with free access to contraception in their health care plans. This decision has drawn particular ire from Catholic organizations, leaders of the Catholic religion and Republicans.

Catholic priests and Republican candidates have assailed this decision as an “assault on religious liberty” because the law forces universities to provide a service that is opposed by the Church’s moral teachings.

Moral teachings … I like that. Moral teachings coming from an organization most noted for its shameful history of the sexual abuse of children and the cover up of widespread pedophilia in it’s organization by Catholic leaders. It’s pretty unbelievable to me that a group of people who covered up pedophile priests for decades has any moral authority at all. Conservatives are quick to complain about government intruding on their religious freedoms. It’s hard to take them seriously when they’re doing everything they can to impose their narrow beliefs on the rest of us.

The Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of convictions, trials and ongoing investigations into allegations of sex crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of religious orders.[1] These cases began receiving public attention beginning in the mid-1980s.[2] There have been criminal prosecutions of the abusers and civil lawsuits against the church’s dioceses and parishes.

Sexual abuse of minors by priests receives significant media attention in Canada, Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, France, and Germany, while cases have been reported throughout the world.

In addition to cases of abuse, much of the scandal has focused around members of the Catholic hierarchy who did not report abuse allegations to the civil authorities. In many cases they reassigned those accused to other locations where they continued to have contact with minors.[3] In defending their actions, some bishops and psychiatrists contended that the prevailing psychology of the times suggested that people could be cured of such behavior through counseling.[4][5] Source

I personally find it offensive for tax payer dollars to be given to Catholic organizations because it’s an assault on my morals to contribute, through my tax dollars, to organizations with a shameful history of enabling sexual abuse of children by sheltering the criminals in their organization and covering up the crimes they committed against children.

It’s not hard to figure out why the Catholic church is against the use of birth control, even though the majority of Catholic women use it. If it weren’t for children who are indoctrinated in Catholicism from birth, where else would they continue to get members? I mean, who would join the Catholic church if they weren’t raised in it?

Taxpayers who are morally outraged by being forced to support Catholic or other religious organizations should have the right to exempt their tax dollars from being used to fund them.

Setting the Record Straight on Federal Funding for Catholic Organizations

For release January 31, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK today issued the following statement regarding federal funding of Catholic human needs programs:

Catholic groups and members of the Obama administration have had some disagreements in recent weeks, but we at NETWORK believe that some Catholic complaints have been exaggerated or misinformed.

One area of disagreement concerns the continuing level of government funding for vital Catholic programs. The truth of the matter is that the Obama administration has actually increased funding for Catholic nonprofit organizations and programs. In fact, more than $1.5 billion went to Catholic organizations over the past two years.

Funding increases for Catholic organizations in recent years include the following:

An increase from $12.45 million (2008) to $57.89 million (2011) in USDA food assistance to Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
An increase from just over $440 million (2008) to more than $554 million (2010) to Catholic Charities USA
Increases in Dept. of Labor grants to Catholic organizations such as Catholic Charities of Kansas for ex-offender reintegration and other programs from $300,000 (2009) to more than $5 million (2011)
An increase of HHS funding for Catholic Medical Mission Board global health activities from $500,000 (2008) to $7 million (2011).

These are just a few examples of the many types of support received by Catholic organizations. They stand in sharp contrast to the overblown rhetoric about government cuts to Catholic groups since HHS decided in late September to deny a new grant to the Church for services to human trafficking victims in favor of other groups.

Because we lobby strenuously for government funding for programs that serve the needs of people, we take seriously any charges that the government may be shortchanging them. For that reason, we want to set the record straight now. And we intend to make sure that this administration and others to follow continue to serve the common good.

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