Sunday, February 15, 2009

FOCA strawman vs. Bread of the World afterthought

Three weeks or so after the FOCA-mania at St. Mikes (with no bill actually having been introduced to congress), I finally see the double standard for political issues at church.

Inside the bulletin, there is a notice for a letter writing campaign from "Bread of the World." Granted, it was a full page notice with another article a few pages deeper, but this is a far cry from the sermon and postcards being passed down the pew version for FOCA a few weeks back.

I don't have a problem with politics in church. I think its healthy to be informed how your faith and public policy intersect.

What I have a problem with is the double standard on which we treat political issues in the Catholic Church. If its a "life" issue, we deal with it full-throated. For other issues, you know like feeding the hungry, there's room in the bulletin, but not on the pulpit or in the pew. And, you want to write a letter? Use your own stamp.

Bread of the world does make it easier than that with this online letter writing tool that I'm going to take advantage of.

Bonus FOCA: Here's a recent FactCheck.org update on FOCA. Differing views on its impacts. A sort of "Rorschach blot" of policy. Depending on what side of the debate you fall on defines what you see in the intent and impact of the legislation. Makes it even less likely that it would ever get passed.

The sad part about the above update is that it gave me the feeling of homily as email spam. Ugh.

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