Welcome to Friday and the Loose Bloggers Consortium. The topic “If you can cure one leper, why not cure them all.” was suggested by our friend David from Great Britain.
Well David, Let me put it this way. Here in the States, if the leper has health insurance, there is a pretty good chance a cure will be available. However, if the leper is without health insurance it becomes a matter of long waits and much paper work to get some medical assistance. By the time the leper is hospitalized, he may well face shoddy care or an experimental program. Frequently, the patient doesn’t make it. Leper down!
On the other hand, if the leper is lucky enough to be cared for by the compassionate and devoted Catholic Nuns, there is a chance for a cure. Oops! Scratch that one. Seems the Vatican in its infinite wisdom is taking to task American Nuns. The “Pope with the Penetrating Eyes” finds them to be “Radical Feminists”. Seems that working with the poor and the disenfranchised has made the sisters a little too understanding and caring. The Church wants them to strive harder to condemn the Homosexual sinner, the use of contraceptives , and their fellow nuns seeking leadership roles in the Church.
What does this mean for our leper? Well in the view of the Vatican, it might just mean swearing allegiance to the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA, throwing out birth control pills or condoms in favor of the rhythm system, and if the leper is a woman, lowering eyes, not question authority, and returning to the subservient role held before Vatican II. Frankly, the cure may be worse than the consequences.
Speaking or writing one’s opinion is exhilarating and I am proud to live in a country where I am free to do so. I believe that great dialogues begin with the challenge of questions like David’s. The other writers for LBC are listed on the right hand side of my blog. Please visit their sites and read how the question kindled their thoughts and how they chose to addressed the question of cured and uncured lepers.