Theological leftism, Marxist-Democrat ideology and a plea for respectful dialogue in today's aggressive political atmosphere are all wrapped together in the latest campaign by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The bishops are declaring a "Religious Freedom Week," dedicating each day of the week to an issue, including health care, education, immigration and "respect for houses of worship," including mosques and synagogues.
But besides pushing leftist agendas like immigration, most bishops have been silent on last week's seismic Supreme Court decision redefining "sex" to encompass sexual orientation and gender identity.
Los Angeles archbishop José Gomez commented that he's "deeply concerned" by the ruling. Lansing's bishop Earl Boyea spoke out more strongly against the ruling, saying it "further confirms that we now live in a world that is hostile to the most basic and fundamental of Christian beliefs regarding the family and human sexuality." Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas added, "Lord, forgive our arrogance."
Though supposedly about religious freedom, the Religious Freedom Week campaign makes no mention of the aggression of Democrat governors like Virginia's Ralph Northam, who used the Wuhan virus crisis to threaten Catholics gathering in groups with a year in prison and fines.
The bishops are also launching "Civilize It," which they claim will promote civility, clarity and compassion. The campaign is asking people to pledge to make "room in your heart for those with whom you disagree," asserting that debates are "filled with vitriol and harsh language."
But observers note that the bishops' call for charity and civility comes amid an avalanche of clerical sex abuse lawsuits, bishops bullying and silencing sex abuse victims and silence on the systematic homosexual predation of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.