It’s obvious why church has lost its political clout

Douglas Turner’s lamentation over the Catholic Church’s lack of political clout turns a blind eye to the silliness and inconsistencies of the bishops when they enter political waters under the guise of religious freedom.

Name a Catholic who hasn’t used a Catholic hospital and felt the administration was more concerned with securing payment than curing the sick. Legions of non-Catholic professionals are employed to sustain these “non-profit” institutions. As far as I can see, health insurance is nothing more and nothing less than part of an employee’s compensation package. There is no statement of religious freedom to be made; and it’s none of the employer’s business to try to make it so. The Church has made an informed decision to be an employer – and an employer of all faiths in order to achieve its perceived goals. It just doesn’t want to be a responsibly adult one.

As a Catholic, I am annually solicited to contribute to Catholic Charities. Oddly, the federal government directs a portion of tax dollars to support the agency’s programs. Where is the bishops’ outrage at this violation of the separation of church and state? My donation is to help the poor, yet the church has no problem creating the poor by firing a Catholic school teacher after learning she is a lesbian. The action was swift and irrevocable. Yet, discovery motions in civil lawsuits have found that the Vatican often failed to act on requests to terminate child-abusing priests.

Without a compass, how can the church project consistent political clout, rather than sounding like a bunch of whining, alarmist, old white men?

Larry Fallon

West Seneca