We met Chicago Cardinal Francis George before when he threatened to close down hospitals and other Catholic service institutions if their health insurance providers had to comply with the requirement to provide contraceptive services free of charge to their employees.
George explains what is driving the church’s strong opposition to what almost everyone would consider to be the perfectly benign and acceptable practice of contraception: “The categories that count in the Gospel are true and false. The bishops try to be people of God. And those are the first questions we ask is: ‘Is it true or false?'”
Two points: If the bishops are trying to be people of god, then their behavior reveals a truly terrible god because if there is one thing that the pedophilia scandals revealed, it is that the bishops and cardinals are the most corrupt and dishonest elements of the church. More importantly, I would advise him to steer clear of talking about the importance of true and false, because that is the weakest point of religion. Better to stick to their focus on faith: Faith that despite all the evidence, the Church reflects wholesome values and is not a greedy, authoritarian, and oppressive institution.