rabble wrote: Why feel the need to explain to us why Catholics feel the way they do?
Because that is the topic at hand. The Obama - Catholic confrontation is in the news, and is the backdrop of this thread.
And it is in the news because it is powerful enough to directly influence matters of state.
Instead of rendering unto Caesar, it is telling Caesar what the rules are.
Rather than trying to walk a mile in the Catholic shoes (and I, by the way, have worn out several pair of those) should we not be spending our time discussing the notion that we only seem to worry about understanding those religions who have attained enough power to force their religious beliefs on others?
Should we not be discussing whether all spiritual beliefs are equal and when one sect has reached a position of power, does this grant them the right to pick and choose which laws of the land they abide by?
Rather than understanding their reasons for doing what they do, would it not be more pertinent to discuss how they are able to get away with chipping apart the separation of church and state, and the long-term ramifications of that upon our culture?