Once again, religious people, THIS TIME THE HIGHER-UPS, have clearly demonstrated that they do not understand the U.S. Constitution or how the U.S. government must function in relation to that constitution.
(Note: This is not to say that all religious people are ignorant of the law of our land)
Specifically, these bishops have displayed their misunderstanding, willful or otherwise, of the First Amendment's right to freedom of religion.
1 minute crash course:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" ...
...Means that the government cannot endorse one religion or make laws for religious reasons (as the Supreme Court has made abundantly clear with its "Lemon test" from Lemon v. Kurtzman and its "Endorsement test," from Sandra Day O'Connor in the majority opinion in Lynch v. Donnelly):
- The government's action must have a secular legislative purpose;
- The government's action must not have the primary effect of either advancing or inhibiting religion;
- The government's action must not result in an "excessive government entanglement" with religion.
So... can we really blame the bishops' followers if they are wrongly educated every Sunday on what our Constitution says and how it works in our system?
To a fairly large extent, yes. People need to start reading books and educating themselves so they can start questioning what they are told rather than regurgitating falsehoods.
The FOXnews article states that, "In an impassioned discussion on Catholics in public life, several bishops said they would accept no compromise on abortion policy" [emphasis added].
They're S.O.L. and they don't even know it.
WHAT CAN THE CHURCH DO?
The Church would need to start trying to use SCIENCE and valid secular arguments to even try to begin the long process of overturning Roe v. Wade.
We could also delve into Roe v. Wade and the establishment of the right to privacy, but there truly is no reason to. If you do not understand what I posted here, there isn't much hope for you.