Let it never be said that the Catholic Church has a thing against women.
Like out of a horrible 90′s comedy starring Whoopie Goldberg*, the Church earlier this week came out with a severe tongue lashing of their fellow sisters in god, The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a U.S. based group representing Roman Catholic nuns across the States. Calling for a drastic overhaul, the Vatican took issue with the group ”protesting the Holy See’s actions regarding the question of women’s ordination and of a correct pastoral approach to homosexual persons.”
Which I presume must be ‘Leave them alone with children’.
They were also rebuked for “promoting issues of social justice ” and not spending enough time on those problems that really hit home for Catholics in their day to day lives like, of course, gay marriage and abortion. What really grinded their gears though was the sheer brazenness of the feisty old nuns in holding “radically feminist” ideals as they occasionally but openly disagreed or challenged U.S. Bishops on several positions, such as their support of President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. Big no-no since obviously the Bishops are “the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.“
It’s depressing any way you look at it. 40% of Americans don’t think evolution is real, 53% that global warming isn’t conclusively proven to be (overwhelmingly) caused by people. Once you start tearing it alongside party lines, it gets worse, only 35% of conservatives have a great deal of trust in science to begin with, a decrease of ten percent from 30 years ago (the fact that no political affiliation reaches 50% is also pretty abysmal on its own). When people point out that we should be allowed to believe whatever we want without criticism, those above numbers are the ones I point out.
For those not U.S. centered, the Trayvon Martin case’s been one of the most polarizing stories of the year. For an extensive background of all the controversy surrounding the shooting, check out this link.
In Florida, a man with a documented history of violence and obsessive behavior can shoot an unarmed 17-year-old teenager, be given the benefit of the doubt and sent home a day later without charges or follow-up because his last name was Zimmerman and the boy’s first name was Trayvon.
In Kansas, House Representatives can try to pass a bill legalizing the discrimination of gay men and women under the auspices of religious freedom; and halfway across the world, a young girl can be forced to marry an older man by her family, try to return home because he turned out to be incredibly abusive and subsequently be left to drown in a river by her father for having dishonored tradition.