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The dangers posed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

New video discussing the various dangers posed by the unchecked privilege, power, influence, wealth, bigotry, and bullying tactics of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The description that I posted at YouTube:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a powerful, wealthy, and dangerous organization. They wield a great deal of influence over many politicians, affect the outcomes of various aspects of the legislative process, and pose a direct threat to the basic human rights of many Americans. Their priorities are skewed, their claims are frequently baseless, and they protect the Catholic Church over all else, no matter the cost. They get away with this because no one holds their feet to the fire and makes them answer the tough questions. Let’s ask those questions. Let’s shed some light on their tactics and actions and raise consciousness about the harm that they cause. They’ve gotten away with this for far too long.

& My analysis of the USCCB’s “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010” can be found here.

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16 Comments
  1. Somite #

    These guys have spent centuries defending the indefensible. It’s about time we call them on it.

    February 20, 2012
  2. Dale #

    okay…your moral relativism has become too much to bear. I wish you peace.

    February 20, 2012
  3. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We need more voices like yours to speak out.

    February 20, 2012
  4. Andrew Hughes #

    Thanks for raising this issue. Time to let the light of day shine on these self serving self appointed autocrats.

    February 20, 2012
  5. Alex rivas #

    It is one of the biggest motivators on continuing my education. These rich and corrupt people believe they are exempt from being charged of their crimes. They nothing more than morally bankrupt self righteous and diluted.

    February 20, 2012
  6. Dan #

    Can’t quite figure out what the point of your video was. That the Catholic Church is Catholic? That they have a lot of members and that those members give them lots of money and that they are therefore a group that politicians listen to?

    They are taking away non Catholics “human rights”? Whose? How? I am not Catholic – are they taking my rights away? Not that I am aware of, but feel free to educate me.

    Lots of groups lobby: large corporations, unions, gay groups, anti-gay groups, universities, the National Rifle Association, the Sierra Club, etc, etc, etc. Heck, because people close to me have died from cancer I give money to the National Cancer Association’s PAC so that they can lobby for more government funding of cancer research. Am I wrong to do that? And if not, why then are Catholics, or any other group, wrong to advocate on behalf of what they believe in?
    If you want a media “investigation” you need to be decrying something more than people lobbying or exercising their constitutional right of freedom of speech. That you may not agree with what they say does not mean they didn’t have the right to say it, nor that they don’t have the right to lobby the government about it.

    February 20, 2012
    • Somite #

      You may have the right currently to have a voice proportional to how much money you lobby. However this doesn’t grant you immunity from criticism or mockery. Specially when your “angle” is the redefinition of a crime like pedophilia.

      February 21, 2012
      • Dan #

        I don’t believe the Catholic Church is immune from criticism or mockery. Miranda just wrote this post doing just those things and on one seems to be stopping her.

        February 22, 2012
  7. Michael Krempp #

    Apparently the corruption of which you complain extends not simply to the 180 or so US Catholic bishops but to hundreds of other US religious leaders for they also are complaining of the HHS edict. I suppose they are all dupes of the bishops.

    http://www.earnedmedia.org/ncc0221.htm

    February 22, 2012
    • Dan #

      I have no problem with the position the clergy are taking in that communique. However, the question I have is why do they not also insist that everyone in this country have full access to this health care? It would seem to me that insisting on full health care for all is precisely the type of thing Christianity requires of us. So given that we are talking about health care why wouldn’t Christian clergy bring up all the requirements Christian belief, and specifically the teachings of Jesus, into the discussion. Yes, Jesus wanted life respected and protected, but he also wanted us to take care of all those in need. Yet through our health care system we fail to do that. I think it is a mistake, religiously, theologically, politically, and from a humanitarian point of view to focus so much on the former and remain so quiet about the latter.

      February 22, 2012
      • Michael Krempp #

        The objection uniting this politically diverse group of bishops and clergy, is NOT to the entire concept of universal health care but to the violence done to the conscience of those who object to being required to fund birth control, sterilization and abortion in whole or in part.

        February 23, 2012
  8. Mike V.When have I ever shown diidasn for the “legitimate hierarchy of the Church?” And when has Mike Voris? The ones showing diidasn for the “legitimate hierarchy” are those most responsible for defending it — unfaithful bishops and clergy. Individual bishops and clergy are the ones showing diidasn – like the 300 Austrian priests who recently joined a “Call to Disobedience.” Others include bishops who treat doctrine as if it’s optional and sow confusion. Since you are commenting on a post about the USCCB, I’m curious as to whether you think they are part of the “legitimate hierarchy.” They are not, and in fact, they are part of an illegitimate and often unfaithful “shadow magisterium.” I could give many examples, but will just mention two: 1) the document Always Our Children which was issued without the bishops’ approval and has been used to advance the “gay” agenda, and 2) Catholic Campaign for Human Development which has been used to funnel money into liberal causes and elect pro-abortion politicians.I have never heard Mike Voris claim to speak for the Church. What he does is articulate and defend the doctrine, the job of every Catholic who’s been confirmed as a “soldier of Christ.” If you want to call him a heretic or dissenter, prove it. I have never heard him “interpret” doctrine in any way other than that promulgated by the popes and the legitimate magisterium. Maybe you are the one drinking the liberal Kool-Aid.

    February 28, 2012
  9. Michael Krempp #

    RESPECT for differing religious beliefs is foundational. Remember the why the Pilgrims came?

    And we are not going to be silenced.

    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/please-show-us-the-same-respect-mr.-president/

    February 28, 2012
  10. Michael Krempp #

    Miranda used the word “bigotry” to describe the USCCB. See here some of the principles of christian conscience for which the bishops speak. Are these bigoted?

    If not these, then perhaps she should defend the use of that word.

    http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/the-declaration/read.aspx

    March 1, 2012
  11. Trent Voigt #

    The Australian Catholic Bishops conference is no better. They started an action in the High Court to challenge a state court decision that ruled a law preventing a single woman from having IVF unconstitutional, no doubt spending hundreds of thousands from the collection plate.

    If the fact that they were given leave to act amicus curiae (as a friend of the court) to challenge a ruling that they had nothing to do them wasn’t insulting enough, they also tried to sneak in a challenge to the validity of the Commonwealth Sexual Discrimination Act, forcing the Attorney General by whose leave they were allowed to make their challenge, have to make submissions opposed to that. Thankfully the court smacked them down with costs awarded against them.

    An article about it here – http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/UQLJ/2002/11.html

    Full text of the decision here – http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2002/16.html

    And you know what – I never heard about this at all in the media, only discovering it recently while studying administrative law for my law degree.

    Trent

    March 22, 2012

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