Beliefnet posted a blog expressing frustration with the way the Catholic Bishops influenced the newly passed house healthcare bill. Rev. Barry W. Lynn expressed his belief that it is unfair that tax-exempt churches are aloud to lobby with little or no restrictions. He is also frustrated that, although majority of the Catholic population supports healthcare reform regardless of abortion language, they Bishops seem unshakable in their position.
Rev. Lynn, I can see why you would think that the Bishops, or Church leaders in general would want or maybe need to conform to the opinion of the public on social issues and policy, but that isn’t how the Church is supposed to work. As someone who has worked for or with the church for quit some time, I would hope that you knew that.
I think that is why so many people are frustrated with the Church, and its leaders, we are seen as stubborn. There are some issues that the Church has fought for that, I believe, were not worth fighting over. Abortion, although a majority of Americans seem to be pro-choice, is not an issue that Church leaders should back down from or change their stance on. Especially when it comes to public funding.
The Church is not an organization governed by representatives. Its leaders are not elected but should be leaders based on a calling, character, and gifts. The leadership should not waver with the the opinion of the world, but needs to be fully based in scripture.
20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1 Corinthians 1:20 & 27 ESV
The wisdom of man is always changing, look at the past and you can see that. God is steadfast and unchanging, and so is His wisdom. The Church should be relying on that wisdom and not any other. So it makes sense that the Church would seem stubborn and unbending. But in the case of abortion, I think it is important to remain firm and continue to advocate for life.