I didn’t think much of it when Daily Kos asked, Is Walgreens committing a sin by selling condoms?
Thomas McKenna: “So a Catholic employer, really getting down to it, he does not, or she does not provide this because that way they would be, in a sense, cooperating with the sin…the sin of contraception or the sin of providing a contraceptive that would abort a child, is this correct?”
Cardinal Burke: “This is correct. It is not only a matter of what we call “material cooperation” in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also “formal cooperation” because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong.”
Nice bit of agitprop, I thought, the Catholic Church may treat selling condoms as morally equivalent to employer-financed abortions, but this won’t take off.
But wait. Smart Jim DeFede asked GOP starlet Marco Rubio the question on TV:
“Is contraception wrong?” CBS4′s Jim DeFede asked Senator Marco Rubio in a recent exclusive one-on-one interview.
“In terms of?” he responds.
“Birth control,” I said.
“Of course not,” he replied. “Who says it is? You’re going to get into this whole argument about contraception. No one has ever said that contraception should be illegal, that contraception should be discouraged, that people should be looked down upon for using it.
Could this be a wedge issue?