For full disclosure, I agree with most Church teachings. (You mean it has teachings other than those condemning gay marriage and abortion? No…WAY!) If I do not agree with a Church teaching, I will still agree with certain details or with its overall intent.
With that out of the way, let me just say that I hate being treated like a suspect in some horrible crime by bishops 24/7, which is the case for any politically active Catholic. I hate to break it to them, but it is not a sin, nor has it ever been a sin, to speak your mind or disagree with something the Church has said. We wouldn’t have most of our saints if that were the case.
Anyway, listening to the bishops talk reminds me of a recent episode of South Park called “You’re Getting Old.” For those of you who don’t watch the show, this is an episode where the kids are listening to tween wave music, which is supposed to represent the garbage music that today’s kids listen to. When you listen to it, it literally sounds like someone is shitting in your ears.
One of the parents, who doesn’t want to feel old, tries to be a tween wave star. So he starts his own band to play tween wave music. He ends up spending most of his time putting his microphone up his ass and shitting in it. Meanwhile, the few people in the audience are telling him that he sucks. He replied that the audience just didn’t get tween wave because they’re old.
This is what the bishops sound like. They shit into their microphones, and when the laity increasingly tell them that they suck, they just say we don’t get Church teaching because we’re anti-Catholic heretics.
Please watch this clip. It’s short and perfectly illustrates what I’m talking about.