I recently submitted a version of this post for inclusion in a monthly on-line Catholic magazine. My thinking was that it was timely in the aftermath of last week's election. Surprisingly, it was rejected because the director wanted to avoid "conflict oriented tone."
Which totally surprised me because on Facebook and Twitter, all I see are conflicted Catholics. This picture is a big one on many Catholic Facebook pages right now.
On the other hand, some of my other Catholic FB friends are supporting this approach from the Faithful American site:
TELL THE BISHOPS: IT'S TIME TO DROP YOUR POLITICAL CRUSADE
This year the Catholic bishops joined forces with the far right to launch a vicious campaign against President Obama and against marriage equality. They spent millions of dollars, demonized their opponents, and even threatened laypeople with eternal damnation if they voted Democratic.
And now what do the bishops have to show for it? Most Catholics voted for President Obama, marriage equality is law in three additional states, and the bishops have become unpopular and polarizing political figures.
Now, with polls showing that most Catholics want the church to focus more on social justice and serving the poor, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting in Baltimore next week to plan their next steps.
We want to deliver a huge petition calling on the bishops to drop their right-wing political crusade and get back to doing God's work, especially caring for the most vulnerable people in our society. Join us in sending this message to the Catholic Bishops:
The election results prove that the Catholic faithful don't want any part of your right-wing political crusades. Please reconsider your priorities and refocus your attention on those whom Jesus called "the least of these."
Of course this contains a blatant logical fallacy, but aside from that, the message seems to be "Let's forget all the faith and morals stuff and just concentrate on the social justice part of Catholicism."
Then there was this from the National Catholic Reporter
"Tragically, it is possible to abort people's lives at any stage by our individual choices and our public policies."
which is countered with stuff like this:
So I'm a little unclear on how to write a non-conflict oriented timely piece because it seems to me there are a lot of land mines when it comes to writing for a "Catholic" audience.