If anybody wondered what the Pope meant by this:
“The Church must make claims and demands on public law and cannot simply retreat into the private sphere”
now we know. Apparently, it means that the Catholic church has a policy of requiring civil disobedience in secular states with the aim of denying citizens their civil rights:
“We cannot impose the iniquitous on people.
“On the contrary, precisely because they are iniquitous the Church makes an urgent call for freedom of conscience and the duty to oppose.
“A law as profoundly iniquitous as this one is not an obligation, it cannot be an obligation. One cannot say that a law is right simply because it is law.”
He said: “They should exercise the same conscientious objection asked of doctors and nurses against a crime such as abortion.
“This is not a matter of choice: all Christians… must be prepared to pay the highest price, including the loss of a job.”
See if you can guess what the pressing moral issue which so concerns the Vatican is?
Just wondering: if the highest price only includes loss of a job, I wonder what else the Pope wants catholics to do?
Any person who heeds this call should be treated as a pariah and publicly shamed.