How interesting! For 45 years the local teaching authority of the Church has been quiet as a church mouse. As I recall, when Cardinal O’Boyle fired Charles Curran for disobedience to the mandate of Humanae Vitae (1967), there was no backing of O’Boyle. What ensued was a very loud national silence! And this silence has perdured for the last 45 years with the devastation predicted by Paul VI regarding abortion, the family, annulments, IVF, trivialization of sex, pornography, hardening of heart, secularism, and last but not least, homosexuality and gay “marriage.” That silence was broken only by the low purr of psychological inducement and thought control by the media, advertising, pharmaceutical displays of contraceptive drugs and advertising of apparatus in the proximity of cash registers, etc.
In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Human Services has demanded that all employers (with a liberal concession of waivers) will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Suddenly, there is groundswell for the Catholic read on moral conscience, not because it has been lived and valued, but because someone will make you pay for what you have valued so cheaply.