Saturday, July 16, 2011
Of Priests and Petards
PZ Myearshertz has pointed to an action by the Catholic Bishop of Toledo, Ohio that I think should be more widely emulated.
It seems Bishop Leonard Blair has banned parishes and parochial schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting breast cancer. Why? Because the national organization won't promise that it won't sometime in the future, under the right circumstances, fund fetal stem cell research. To date, the Foundation has not done so.
Why should this be emulated? The Catholic Church has paid hundreds of millions of dollars in recompense to victims of pedophilia by its priests because of the church's attempts to cover up the scandal. Pedophilia and protecting the perpetrators thereof was certainly against church teaching. Right? While the church has "promised" not to do it anymore, it is clear that it is as least as likely to do it again to protect its own ass as it is that the Foundation will fund a scientific procedure to save the lives of women.
Therefore, any good Catholic, who believes pedophilia is wrong, should stop funding the church ... on the off chance it'll do something they consider wrong in the future.
Not just good Catholics but the rest of us as well since I assume that the Roman Catholic Church is as much a beneficiary as any other church of the tax breaks for religion in this country.
Quite true, but I don't think the not-so-good bishop called for the Foundation's tax exempt status to be withdrawn.
and the winner of the ORWELL PRIZE is...