The oldest and I dare say the cheapest card to play when your character and sophistication are under attack is to portray yourself as a victim. Individuals, politicians, corporations and even religious groups will declare themselves the victim of unjustified, immoral, unethical vilification when they know they’ve either screwed up big, or that their reasoning and relevancy is questionable.
The Roman Catholic Church has certainly not had an easy time of it the last few years. In almost every country in the world, the Church’s efforts to protect and hide pedophile, child molesting clergy has been exposed and has brought shame to a religious institution that is supposed to be promoting ethics and morality.
Survey after survey tells us that on the question of birth control, more than 90% of all Roman Catholics completely ignore the Church’s opposition to contraception. While most other major religious faiths in the world feel compelled to wrestle with ancient ideas, values and traditions related to gender equality and human sexuality, the Vatican still insists that 2,000 year religious doctrines cannot be reconsidered in light of new knowledge of the human condition.
The way our ancestors understood God’s commandments and teachings is binding for all time. Promoting new insights into old ideas is nothing less than an act of heresy. The scribes and clerics who wrote our sacred books knew God’s thinking better than any of us possibly can. Besides, for reason we can’t explain, we’re quite sure that God only wanted to communicate the Divine will with people in Biblical times, not now. And remember, religion isn’t really about promoting and celebrating God’s love in the world, it’s all about sustaining the power of clergy and institutions like the Roman Catholic Church.