THEY HID PEDOPHILES, so a lawsuit backed by the Council of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by over three dozen Catholic men’s clubs, was guaranteed.

This very defensive statement from Notre Dame is fitting.

Let me say very clearly what this lawsuit is not about: it is not about preventing women from having access to contraception, nor even about preventing the Government from providing such services. Many of our faculty, staff and students ““ both Catholic and non-Catholic ““ have made conscientious decisions to use contraceptives. As we assert the right to follow our conscience, we respect their right to follow theirs. And we believe that, if the Government wishes to provide such services, means are available that do not compel religious organizations to serve as its agents. We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others; we simply ask that the Government not impose its values on the University when those values conflict with our religious teachings. We have engaged in conversations to find a resolution that respects the consciences of all and we will continue to do so.

That’s the second paragraph. The first paragraph describes the products as “abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization procedures which are contrary to Catholic teaching.”

The majority of women pay absolutely no attention to the hopelessly misogynistic and backward Catholic male hierarchy, who also just happen to believe that women shouldn’t have a direct line to God. You see, that’s the province of the people with penises.

That these men continue to believe that contraception is wrong, hidden behind “contrary to Catholic teaching,” is just one of the reasons our country and developing nations can’t cap the reality of women having to bear children they can’t afford to raise, either emotionally or financially.

Whenever anyone making an argument begins by telling you what something is not about you can bet that’s exactly what it is about.

The Catholic Church is about protecting itself and the fraternity under the guise of “conscience,” as their irrelevancy mounts. Faith adhering women of certain generations may always be attached to the ceremony and beauty of church images, to which I can certainly relate, but our spirituality is something separate and unbound. What can be assured is that modernity is setting women free of corrupt religious institutions that deny spiritual power and leadership posts based on gender.

Fundamentalism is antithetical to spiritual excavation, the most enlightened living beyond the doctrines and dictates of men.