• RSS Queering the Church

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS Spirit of a Liberal

    • Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand September 15, 2014
      Gonna Stick My Sword in the Golden Sand: A Vietnam Soldier's Story has just been released. The title comes from a stanza of the gospel traditional, Down by the Riverside, with its refrain--"Ain't gonna study war no more." Golden Sand is a bold, dark, and intense retelling of the Vietnam experience through the eyes of an army scout that is […]
      Obie Holmen
    • Gay Games Symposium July 21, 2014
      I am pleased and honored that the UCC has asked me to moderate a symposium during the games entitled Queer Christians: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
      Obie Holmen
  • RSS There Will be Bread

    • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • RSS The Wild Reed

    • Self Portrait November 19, 2017
      . . . A picture, photograph, or piece of writing that you make of or about yourself.And deeper . . .Self Portrait By David WhyteIt doesn't interest me if there is one Godor many gods.I want to know if you belong or feelabandoned.If you know despair or can see it in others.I want to knowif you are prepared to live in the worldwith its harsh needto change […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Michael J. Bayly)
    • Photo of the Day November 18, 2017
      See also the previous Wild Reed posts:• Photo of the Day – March 5, 2017• Photo of the Day – April 1, 2016• Photo of the Day – March 15, 2016• Photo of the Day – April 4, 2015• Photo of the Day – May 24, 2014• Photo of the Day – October 17, 2012• Autumn, Within and BeyondImage: Michael J. Bayly.
      noreply@blogger.com (Michael J. Bayly)
  • RSS Bilgrimage

  • RSS Enlightened Catholicism

  • RSS Far From Rome

    • the way ahead March 23, 2013
      My current blog is called the way ahead.
      noreply@blogger.com (PrickliestPear)
  • RSS The Gay Mystic

    • Christmas at Litmanova December 29, 2016
      The Marian Shrine of Litmanova, Slovakia.Christmas 2017A forest chapel at the Slovakian Marian shrine of Litmanova.Stunning painting of the Sacred Heart inside the forest chapel.
      noreply@blogger.com (Richard Demma)
    • Not Our President November 16, 2016
      To hear the simplistic denial of those who scream out with naiveté “give Trump a chance” as they condemn others engaged in selfless protest against a certain political and social tsunami in the making, is to ignore his life-time public embrace of policies that tens of millions reject as not just destructive, but evil per se. They are not mistaken.Those in st […]
      noreply@blogger.com (Richard Demma)
  • RSS The Jesus Manifesto

    • Another World is Neccessary: Anarchism, Christianity and the Race from the White House July 30, 2008
      I’ll be presenting at the upcoming Jesus Radicals conference in Columbus, Ohio. My session (on the relationship between Church and State) will be on Friday afternoon. If you’re in the area, drop by. I’d love to meet some of the folks who frequent this site. Here’s the info: August 15-16, 2008 St. John’s Episcopal 1003 W Town Columbus, OH [...]ShareThis […]
      Mark Van Steenwyk
  • RSS John McNeill: Spiritual Transformations

  • RSS Perspective

    • Salvation November 19, 2017
      The latest tv series I've been trying out is Salvation ... an American suspense drama television series, that premiered on July 12, 2017 .... The show centers on the ramifications of the discovery of an asteroid that will impact the Earth in just six months and the attempts to prevent it.I've only watched the first episode but it seems fun so far : […]
      noreply@blogger.com (crystal)

Clinton: A More Formidable Opponent of the Pope Than Trump

Most of us are familiar with the exchange between Trump and Pope Francis in February regarding the pope’s trip to Mexico. Trump said “Mexico got him to do it because Mexico wants to keep the border just the way it is.” The pope said “a person who thinks about building walls … is not Christian.” Trump responded, “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”

But Hillary Clinton courageously challenged a pope about his organization’s grievous denial of women’s rights.

In 1994, at the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, recommendations “formed at the time seemed a strong international consensus that the most effective strategy for limiting population was providing women better access to education and reproductive health care, including contraception and safe abortion.” “[T]he UK’s international development secretary, accused the Holy See of steering a ‘morally destructive course’ that would lead to an increased incidence of illegal abortion, unwanted pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.”

At the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing  in 1995, the debate was expected to “pit the delegations of many national governments against the Vatican and an assortment of Islamic and conservative governments.”

In the opening salvo of what is expected to be a major battle, Vatican delegation head Mary Ann Glendon said promoting women’s aspirations should not come at the expense of “undermining their roles within the family”

[H]uman rights took center stage [however] with an impassioned speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton, while the Vatican complained that the conference platform doesn’t give due credit to marriage and motherhood.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” is the name of the speech given by Clinton on September 5, 1995, and the phrase has continued to be used by the feminist movement. “The speech was courageous and considered path breaking to many in its demand for action.”

“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all … The great challenge of this conference is to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed, whose words go unheard,”  Clinton told the assembled dignitaries.

Therefore, we can hope that Clinton will continue to challenge a Vatican where

Nothing has really changed

Mary Ann Glendon continued serving on the boards of neocon think tanks and advocacy organizations – the Institute on Religion and Democracy,  the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Bill Donohue’s Catholic League, the American Enterprise Institute, etc.

She was George W. Bush’s ambassador to the Vatican and received an honorary doctorate from Opus Dei’s flagship university in Navarre, Spain.

Three months after being elected in March 2013, Pope Francis named Glendon as a member of a commission to study the Vatican Bank. In July 2014, the pope appointed Glendon to the bank’s board of supervisors along with selecting a host of other practitioners and proponents of vulture capitalism to manage his wealth.

Glendon was the only American Pope Francis appointed to his curia until he chose the celibate member of Opus Dei and former Fox News correspondent, Greg Burke, as director his Press Office.

Pope Francis is steadfast on HIV/AIDS and women’s reproductive rights

On June 8, 2016, Pope Francis’ ambassador to the UN stated the position of the Holy See on the Political Declaration, “On the Fast-Track to accelerate the fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030.”  He repeated essentially the same stance the Vatican held in 1994: “the undeniable fact that the only safe and completely reliable method of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV is abstinence before marriage and respect and mutual fidelity within marriage.” The Vatican “does not consider abortion, access to abortion, or access to abortifacients [i.e. the morning-after pill which does not cause an abortion but rather prevents pregnancy] as a dimension of the terms ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ ‘sexual and reproductive health-care services’ and ‘reproductive rights.’” The ambassador also took the occasion to reaffirm that “gender recognizes the objective identity of the human person as born male or female.”

During his trip to the Philippines in 2015, “Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s ban on contraception, leading us to conclude that abstinence is his answer to rampant population growth and its consequential poverty and environmental destruction.”

Pope Francis “reaffirmed the Church’s virtually absolute condemnation of contraception” in his April 2016 exhortation, “Amoris Lætitia.” On abortion, he wrote: “that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which can never be considered the ‘property’ of another human being.” Consequently, “those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection.”

While never as crude as Trump, the pope’s misogyny is often manifested in statements such as: women theologians are “strawberries on the cake,” Europe is a “grandmother who is no longer fertile and vibrant,” a nun should “be a mother and not an old maid!,” “a Church that seems more like a spinster than a mother,” “I am wary of ‘masculinity in a skirt,” “pastors often wind up under the authority of their housekeeper,” etc.

Choosing judges

During his trip to the U.S., Pope Francis had a private visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor to give his support for their lawsuit against the Obamacare provision for providing contraception coverage to employees. While the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to the lower courts, the conservative press saw it as a “significant victory” because “when the court vacates the ruling you’re challenging, that’s a win.”

Additionally, “Sexual abuse of minors is the No. 1 reason why religious organizations in the United States went to court in 2015.”

So those issues, as well as the right of religious organizations to continue to discriminate against women, LGBTQI persons, and children under the guise of “religious liberty,” will be present in our courts for the foreseeable future. The president’s ability to select Supreme Court justices and other federal judges is one of the primary reasons Americans are planning to vote in this election.


Clinton, however, did align with the Church in the 2009 coup in Honduras that “removed the democratically elected Manuel Zelaya and helped lead to a new era of repression and lawlessness. [D]espite the fact that various governments around the world, as well as the United Nations, condemned Zelaya’s ouster as a coup and called for his restoration as president,” Clinton did not. She has been widely condemned for continuing aid to the dictatorship which mounted the coup and succeeded Zelaya.

“Opus Dei participated actively in the coup against Zelaya.” The group was “headed by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, spiritual leader of the Honduran Catholics, who has not denounced the violation to the Constitution that the coup was, and has instead blessed it.”

In his first act as pontiff one month his election, Pope Francis chose Rodriguez Maradiaga as head of a group of cardinals to help him govern the Church . Rodriguez Maradiaga is usually described the pope’s “right-hand man” in the press.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, has often spoken about how profoundly moved he was by his year of service in Honduras in 1980. Not surprisingly, he has remained silent about both Clinton’s and the Church’s role in the 2009 coup.

Also, not surprisingly, the issue of Pope Francis’ agenda of depriving women of their right to health care will not be mentioned during the campaign. However, we can count on a Democratic president and elected officials to uphold the promise that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”


(Betty Clermont is author of The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America. My appreciation to Gerald Slevin, Harvard-educated attorney and Catholic blogger, for reminding me of Clinton’s role in the 1995 Beijing conference and her potential as an opponent of Pope Francis’ global and national agenda against women’s rights.)


4 Responses

  1. What is the difference between the Roman Church attempt to impose its views on women and Islamic Sharia law? Both continue patriarchy and seek to use governments to impose their exclusively male control. Trump is certainly more aligned with Romanism & Islamism than Clinton. For this reason the Republic Roman hierarchy will vote for Trump. What American hierarchy defended Francis against Trump’s charge?

    • How true, how true! Very observant. Yes, if any Democrat had said
      the things Trump did about the pope, the bishops would have been up-in-arms!!

      • Might be worth an article on the lack of bishops to defend Francis contra Trump. Maybe they get freebies at his hotels? Don’t think so, as DT doesn’t seem to discount.
        Meanwhile, Melania is looking for her immigration papers along with DT’s search for Obama’s birth certificate.
        Is there a musical in all of this?

  2. It’s a wonder Trump hasn’t connected Hilary Clinton’s sudden departure yesterday from the 9/11 memorial service to Gods Will; not that he should be so blase with the statistics of men being diagnosed with postrate issues…….
    We all can come down with pneumonia at sometime or another.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: